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The Wind-up Bird Chronicle (Paperback)

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Toru Okada lives alone, his wife increasingly estranged. After the cat leaves too, his life becomes more and more unreal as he meets a host of characters from a soldier to the rebellious teenager next door who begin to expose the crushing banality of his life so far.

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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.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 01/04/2010 ISBN-13: 9780099448792  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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In 1978, Haruki Murakami was 29 and running a jazz bar in downtown Tokyo. One April day, the impulse to write a novel came to him suddenly while watching a baseball game. That first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, won a new writers' award and was published the following year. More followed, including A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but it was Norwegian Wood, published in 1987, which turned Murakami from a writer into a phenomenon. His books became bestsellers, were translated into many languages, including English, and the door was thrown wide open to Murakami's unique and addictive fictional universe. Murakami writes with admirable discipline, producing ten pages a day, after which he runs ten kilometres (he began long-distance running in 1982 and has participated in numerous marathons and races), works on translations, and then reads, listens to records and cooks. His passions colour his non-fiction output, from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running to Absolutely On Music, and they also seep into his novels and short stories, providing quotidian moments in his otherwise freewheeling flights of imaginative inquiry. In works such as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, 1Q84 and Men Without Women, his distinctive blend of the mysterious and the everyday, of melancholy and humour, continues to enchant readers, ensuring Murakami's place as one of the world's most acclaimed and well-loved writers.

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Crazy good. Classic Murakami. One of my favourites to escape into another world.

- 08/09/2017
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Staff Choice

Weird and wonderful, brimming with delightful strangeness, cats, a well and a man being skinned alive... Only Murakami could tie this all together to create a magical story from which you will not want to escape.

Matt, Grand Central Birmingham

 

 

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 10/05/2016

Toru Okada lives alone, his wife increasingly estranged. After the cat leaves too, his life becomes more and more unreal as he meets a host of characters from a soldier to the rebellious teenager next door who begin to expose the crushing banality of his life so far. - Edward

St Pancras International Bookshop - 05/03/2013

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