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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle | [Haruki Murakami]

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.
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Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

©2006 Haruki Murakami; (P)2006 Naxos AudioBooks

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    Susan Carter Escondido, CA United States 10-23-10
    Susan Carter Escondido, CA United States 10-23-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Fantastic narrator"

    Rupert Degas did an unbelievable job giving life to all the different characters, male and female, old and young. I would give him 5 stars definitely. The story itself, I'm not so sure. I frequently did not understand what was going on.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Lowell, IN, USA 09-27-07
    Jessica Lowell, IN, USA 09-27-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Slow"

    This one didn't keep my interest very long...

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    Benedict San Francisco, US, Canada 12-12-06
    Benedict San Francisco, US, Canada 12-12-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Mystical"

    I liked this book but was a bit puzzled by the creation of mystery simply to create a book. Still, the book held my interest and some of the stories in this chronicle are wonderful and memorable.

    The reading was excellent.

    Ben

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    Traci Wilton, CT, United States 07-13-09
    Traci Wilton, CT, United States 07-13-09
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    "Hard to get in to"

    I was disappointed by this one. Being a lover of Japanese culture, I have enjoyed other Japanese novels, but this one was just too weird for me. I'm not a fan of Kafka so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Parts of the novel are a bit pornographic and other parts drag on about the Japanese occupation of Manturia. I ended up abandoning it about one third of the way through.

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