Nov 19, 2009

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, review

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Totally engrossing. Transported by what I've read so far though all that has happened is a man looking for a cat and being approached by strange women. Read the first three chapters sitting in the bookstore. Must go back and buy the book.

I know that the novel's about the breakup of a marriage and about what happened in WWII, and am looking forward to reading more! Murakami knows how to get you involved in his character's thoughts. Masterful prose, even in translation.

15 comments:

Greg Zimmerman said...

Interesting...I've heard this book is difficult to the point of being almost inaccessible. That doesn't seem to be your take, though? Looking forward to what else you have to say...

Greg
http://thenewdorkreviewofbooks.blogspot.com

Harvee said...

Greg: So far, up to Chapter 4, it's very easy to read and understand. Some of the older Japanese writers might be harder to read, but Murakami is very contemporary.

Staci said...

I think I will read this one for my Japanese challenge. I did get Kafka on the Beach but I've read so many negative things about it that I'm just not willing to put my time into this one~!

septembermom said...

I always wanted to tackle a Japanese author's work. This may be the one to try. Thanks!

Harvee said...

Staci and septembermom: I can also recommend a shorter Murakami novel- After Dark, set in Tokyo at night, which is a good one to start with.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I recently bought this book too. I'm glad you are enjoying it.

Sue Jackson said...

I hadn't heard of this book before (or the author), but it sounds intriguing. I've never read anything translated from Japanese. Looking forward to your full review.

Sue

Malcolm R. Campbell said...

This one might be a novel to try out. Thanks for sharing it here.

Malcolm

The Literary Stew said...

This was my first Murakami. I read it years ago and have since read his other novels. For me, this is still the best one! And I don't think it's inaccessible at all. Very smoothly writter, he's a definitely one of the best living writers.

Harvee said...

Staci: I've never read or seen anything negative about Murakami or Kafka on the Shore. Might you have the wrong writer in mind?

Tea said...

Hmmm, he's not giving away anything yet, is he?

Harvee said...

Tea: A good place to find his books - the library! Doubt there are any give aways of his books!

Kristen said...

I really liked his Norwegian Wood but never pursued any of his other works.

Harvee said...

Kristen: Am looking forward to reading Norwegian Wood after this one. Have heard good things about it.

Mel u said...

very interesting review-I might make this my first read of Marukami's big books

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