Monday, October 10, 2011

the wind-up bird chronicle by haruki murakami

the wind-up bird chronicle is one of the most confusing and interesting books i have ever read. it starts out as an almost regular novel about life, relationships and emotions but at some point drifts of into fantasy, fiction and what some people would call hallucinations in the darkness of a deep well. in the middle of the book i thought i lost the overview how all the events and characters he describes belong together, then i started thinking that there is no connection whatsoever and suddenly every single thread of his story becomes very clear and everything adds up!

a wonderful book about life, death and everything in between.
here what other people think about it:

"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."
summary on the back of the book
"murakami weaves these 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 it down."
daily telegraph

" how does murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? i am weak-kneed with admiration"
independent on sunday

"mesmerising, surreal, this really is the work of a true original!"
the times


tomato cafe said...

amazing isn't it? dark and dreamlike. :)

Melting away in the middle of great fiction is like drowning and then coming back a renewed person. If you can find Comicomics (Italo Calvino) in a nearby bookshop, that would be awesome. :)

tomato cafe said...

followed your blog!