The Wind-up Bird Chronicle

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle

Book - 1997
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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 Chronicleis a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1997.
ISBN: 9780679446699
0679446699
9780679775430
Characteristics: 611 p. ;,24 cm.

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daymakerdave May 10, 2011

10 thumbs up! If you can, I suggest reading it at the bottom of a deep well. Mr. Murakami, I dig your stuff!!


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