Monday, April 23, 2007

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami, is like waking out of a hazy dream.  Your not sure what you are reading, why, or if you are really reading at all.  It is the type of book that defies explanation, or at least simple explanation.  It is in no way a simple book. 


I will not bother retelling the entire story, Murakami does it better.  It is a story about change though.  Are we really who we think we are type change.  The book has the ability to make you question yourself by telling the story of Toru, a man that is searching. 


The book carries you all the way through to the end in this magnificent half dreaming/half waking state.  Toru emulates this same state at several points in the book.  The reader often will question if what he/she read was real or imaginary. 



This is not my favorite Murakami book, which would be Norwegian Wood.  But, the book is very good and stirring.  Murakami has a writing style that doesn’t suite all readers and some people detest every word he puts on the page.  I would encourage picking up one of his books and finding out which person you may be.  This book is not recommended for youngsters due to some graphic content.

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