Wind Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami

Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Wind Up Bird Chronicles is a novel by Haruki Murakami published in 1994-1995. The story follows Toru Okada, a young man living in Tokyo who embarks on a search for his missing cat and wife. As he searches for them, he encounters a strange group of allies and antagonists, leading him to a netherworld beneath the city’s surface.

The main themes of the book include alienation, loneliness, and the search for identity. Murakami suggests that human beings wish to create order and meaning out of the chaos of the world. Characters are challenged to let the world unfurl in its own way.

What I Liked

I really don’t know – I’ve read every book that Murakami has written and I still can’t put my finger on why. There’s something – it’s a weird mix of setting, character, and something that draws me to read all of his books. Same with this one. It’s brilliant, but strange.

What I Did Not Like

Ok. Murakami is weird. Like really, really weird. I don’t think I can recommend any of his books to anyone. So, I don’t like that. But I also don’t think he can be any less weird without losing some of his books’ magic (they do a lot of magical realism anyway).

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