The Wind-up Bird Chronicle

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle

Book rating: 05 Paperback Vintage Books

By (author) Haruki Murakami, Translated by Jay Rubin

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 624 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 34mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099448793
  • ISBN 13: 9780099448792
  • Sales rank: 800

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Toru Okada's cat has disappeared and this has unsettled his wife, who is herself growing more distant every day. Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has started receiving. As this compelling story unfolds, the tidy suburban realities of Okada's vague and blameless life, spent cooking, reading, listening to jazz and opera and drinking beer at the kitchen table, are turned inside out, and he embarks on a bizarre journey, guided (however obscurely) by a succession of characters, each with a tale to tell.

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Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. He is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His works include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, After Dark and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and the most recent of his many international honours is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V.S. Naipaul.

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By Barry Kevin Newton 25 Feb 2012 5

Ha ruki finds the unreal in the real, and the real in the unreal. One of the rare books that live up to the rave reviews on the back page and, as printed on the front cover ~ mesmerising, surreal.
A joy to read.

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"Deeply philosophical and teasingly perplexing, it is impossible to put down" Daily Telegraph "Visionary...a bold and generous book" New York Times "Murakami weaves textured layers of reality into a shot-silk garment of deceptive beauty" Independent on Sunday "Mesmerising, surreal, this really is the work of a true original" The Times "Critics have variously likened him to Raymond Carver, Raymond Chandler, Arthur C. Clarke, Don DeLillo, Philip K. Dick, Bret Easton Ellis and Thomas Pynchon - a roster so ill assorted as to suggest Murakami is in fact an original" New York Times

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Visionary...a bold and generous book

Back cover copy

Toru Okada's cat has disappeared. His wife is growing more distant every day. Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has recently been receiving. As this compelling story unfolds, the tidy suburban realities of Okada's vague and blameless life, spent cooking, reading, listening to jazz and opera and drinking beer at the kitchen table, are turned inside out, and he embarks on a bizarre journey, guided (however obscurely) by a succession of characters, each with a tale to tell. 'Visionary...a bold and generous book' New York Times 'Murakami weaves textured layers of reality into a shot-silk garment of deceptive beauty' Independent on Sunday 'Deeply philosophical and teasingly perplexing, it is impossible to put down' Daily Telegraph 'Mesmerising, surreal, this really is the work of a true original' The Times