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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
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Book Description Paperback. Condition: new. Paperback. A "dreamlike and compelling tour de force (Chicago Tribune)an astonishingly imaginative detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets from Japans forgotten campaign in Manchuria during World War II. In a Tokyo suburb, a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wifes missing catand then for his wife as wellin a netherworld beneath the citys placid surface. As these searches intersect, he encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists. Gripping, prophetic, and suffused with comedy and menace, this is one of Haruki Murakamis most acclaimed and beloved novels. "Magnificent. . . .(Murakami) has taken a pre-millennial swing for the fences a la David Foster Wallace and Don DeLillo" ("Newsweek"). "A surreal, sprawling drama . . . that marks . . . Murakami's most ambitious work to date".--"Publishers Weekly". Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. Seller Inventory # 9780679775430
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