Monday, August 16, 2010
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
I had this book waiting for me to read since December 09 and just this summer got the chance to pick it up and read.
This book is about the main character, Toru Okada living in a Tokyo suburb. It starts off by him searching for his wife's cat which meant a lot to her. Soon he's not only searching for the cat anymore but for his wife as well. During his searches he comes upon unique strangers such as a psychic prostitute, a cheerful morbid sixteen year old, and a war veteran. This books involves a detective story, a disintegrating marriage, excavating buried secrets of World War II making this book a dreamlike, imaginative book. It is a very interesting Japanese fiction novel and would recommend you picking this book up and take a read.
Reviews from other readers:
"Beautiful. Murakami recommends amazing pieces of art and music as well as weaving his mysterious and intricate tale. A story about loneliness in a city full of people, and in the midst of desperation and loss... humanity prevails.Must Read" -Alesan
"As confusing as the overall events are that take place in this novel, the surrealistic hero journey is an amazing read to see what a man will do to win in the face of odds that are unknown and beyond the hero's understanding." - Matthew
"Very strange book. I loved it. At times it dips in to the realms of the surreal." - Karen