Thoughts on 'The Wind-up Bird Chronicle' by Haruki Murakami

By: Caden McCann

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Uploaded on April 17, 2012 by Caden McCann Powered by YouTube

'The Wind-up Bird Chronicle' ranks among Murakami's most famous books and is easily one of his most sprawling and complex works. The novel revolves around a young man named Toru Okada, who after quitting his job has a succession of strange things happen to him. Slowly but surely, he finds himself navigating through a strange world where reality, dreams, and history overlap. Though I missed the entertainment I got out of shorter Murakami reads like 'After Dark' and 'South of the Border, West of the Sun', I found 'The Wind-up Bird' to be a highly interesting work of fiction with a lot of re-read value. In it, Murakami creates a universe that is richly imagined and infinitely complex. The book made me contemplate the world we take at face value and the world that exists beneath the surface of things which constitutes memory, dream, history, and the imagined. There were some scenes that I felt were pretty weird and made me feel like I was reading a literary version of David Lynch's 'Mulholland Drive', but all in all I found the book pretty enjoyable. Rating: 3.5/5
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