New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1997. Stated "First American Edition" on copyright page. Hardcover. 611,  pages : illustrations ; 25 cm. In original $25.95 dust jacket, with firm binding, clean pages and free of markings. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II.
In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan's forgotten campaign in Manchuria.
Gripping, prophetic, suffused with comedy and menace, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon.
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Review: Bad things come in threes for Toru Okada. He loses his job, his cat disappears, and then his wife fails to return from work. His search for his wife (and his cat) introduces him to a bizarre collection of characters, including two psychic sisters, a possibly unbalanced teenager, an old soldier who witnessed the massacres on the Chinese mainland at the beginning of the Second World War, and a very shady politician.
Haruki Murakami is a master of subtly disturbing prose. Mundane events throb with menace, while the bizarre is accepted without comment. Meaning always seems to be just out of reach, for the reader as well as for the characters, yet one is drawn inexorably into a mystery that may have no solution. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is an extended meditation on themes that appear throughout Murakami's earlier work. The tropes of popular culture, movies, music, detective stories, combine to create a work that explores both the surface and the hidden depths of Japanese society at the end of the 20th century.
If it were possible to isolate one theme in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, that theme would be responsibility. The atrocities committed by the Japanese army in China keep rising to the surface like a repressed memory, and Toru Okada himself is compelled by events to take responsibility for his actions and struggle with his essentially passive nature. If Toru is supposed to be a Japanese Everyman, steeped as he is in Western popular culture and ignorant of the secret history of his own nation, this novel paints a bleak picture. Like the winding up of the titular bird, Murakami slowly twists the gossamer threads of his story into something of considerable weight. --Simon Leake
Title: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Murakami, Haruki
Binding: Oct 21, 1997
Book Condition: Collectible; Very Good
Book Description Knopf, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0679446699
Book Description Knopf, New York, 1997. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. The dust jacket has minor wear. The edges of the book are lightly foxed. 611 pages. Size: Size F: 9"-10" Tall (228-253mm). Bookseller Inventory # 145824
Book Description Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Bookseller Inventory # G0679446699I3N00
Book Description Knopf, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Hardcover in dust jacket. Second Printing stated. Book is good only with a small starting to the binding. shelfwear to foot of boards. Dust jacket shows some wear at extremities. a good reading copy of a transcendent novel. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000120362
Book Description Book Condition: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 97806794466993.0
Book Description Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 0679446699 Library stickers on binding/cover and library stamps inside book. Dust jacket included. HARDCOVER. Light to moderate wear to cover/edges/corners. School markings and writing on/inside covers. Minimal markings/highlighting on/inside book, none of which detracts from content. Binding and cover solidly connected. Bookseller Inventory # Z0679446699Z2
Book Description Knopf 1997-10-21, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: good. First Edition. 0679446699. Bookseller Inventory # 551355
Book Description Book Condition: acceptable. 1021 Gramm. Bookseller Inventory # M00679446699-B
Book Description Knopf, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Stated First American Edition. Hardcover in jacket, price intact on jacket flap. Clean and unmarked. Front hinge barely cracked, rest of binding strong. Rubbing and edge wear to boards, bump to points and spine ends. Jacket now in fresh Mylar. Very good. Additional photos available upon request. Bookseller Inventory # Murakami-10
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, U.S.A., 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st American Edition. Knopf title - "First American Edition" stated is 1st printing, top corner of rear board lightly bumped, light rubbing to top/bottom of spine and bottom corners of boards, a crease to half title page, dj shows very light edge wear with a tiny scuff to bottom center of rear panel - no tears, chips, creases and original price intact. Bookseller Inventory # FSR-1181-B