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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 Chronicle is a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon.

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
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3.8 / 5
A must-read
November 1st, 2014
Vintage Murakami. I still don’t really know what happened in it, but the ride was most worthwhile. A must-read.
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October 13th, 2013
Hard to put down, even for a few minutes. A crumbled marriage, a surreal nightmarish alter-world, and a (s)punky neighbor catapult Toru Okada into a discovery of his own and his ancestors past and present. Excellent.
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Gloomy chronicle
August 28th, 2013
The story has too many layers, sometimes the layers are not even link each other. The plot is complicated, emotionally written & hard to predict. Since it was the third time for me to read his book, one thing that i always find it similar with the rest is the dark setting.
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