The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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Dreamlike, elegant and brutal, this is by far Murakami at his best! Both easy to follow and enjoy, while at the same time deeply spiritual and intellectually satisfying. At first glance, a hard-boiled mystery, later revealed as interwoven ghost story, tale of betrayal, history of Japan's campaign in Manchuria, evil political ideals and the search for a lost cat. Easily one of the best novels I have ever read. Highly recommended!
Mind altering, an experience that's worth the time it takes to actually understand this book.
I cannot quite articulate how.....but this book was life changing. Murakami manages to take the most mundane event (a man eating spaghetti and looking for his lost cat) into something so unbelievable and compelling. This book made laugh, cry and think. Highly recommended. Please read this book.