The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

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.

Three books in one volume: The Thieving Magpie, Bird as Prophet, The Birdcatcher. This translation by Jay Rubin is in collaboration with the author.

Title:The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780965341981
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    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Reviews

  • Paul Bryant

    I had been wondering where my cat was when the phone rang. It was a woman offering to have no strings sex with me. I made some non-committal remarks to her and put the receiver down. I hate those cold...

  • Megha

    A part of me wishes that I hadn't read it yet so I could still read it for the first time and be mesmerized.It is quiet difficult for me to describe what this book was like. It is surreal and psychede...

  • Ben

    WATER IS GOOD! You, the politician with the psychopath eyes on the T.V.! I hate you! Russian scheming Where the fuck is my cat?!!! And why did I name him after you Mr. Psychopath EYES! WarBloodDea...

  • Imogen

    Y'know what? I give up. I'm never going to finish this. I don't think Murakami's a hack, and I know that everybody except me thinks he's a genius, and I also understand- or, more specifically, have ha...

  • Fabian

    Only like 10 books or so in this world could be made of actual MAGIC. They are entities so far out of this world they indeed resemble pariahs, belonging to their own orbit & following their own sets o...

  • Luca Ambrosino

    English (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle) / ItalianoA great experience.More than reading a novel, I feel like I've lived the life of another, like when you wake up from a dream in which you played the part...

  • Zach

    This book has received praise from many circles, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Wind-Up Bird was also considered a New York Times Notable Book the year i...

  • J.L.   Sutton

    I’m a big fan of Haruki Murakami. When you pick up one of his novels, you’re never completely sure where you’ll end up. This is definitely true of the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle! It starts as sort o...

  • Kelly

    I absolutely adored the book upon starting out. It is exquisitely crafted, with each seemingly casual word chosen to illustrate the world into which we have entered. It is a lonely world full of half ...

  • Justin

    Good Lord, it's been over a month since I've finished s book. What have I been doing with my life?And why haven't I read this book until now? First off, let me put my four-star rating of this book int...