[ShortReview] The wind up bird chronicle

Haruki Murakami is a very famous author from Japan. Most of his works use first-person narrative and consist of fiction and non-fiction books. The wind up bird chronicle is one of the books that make Haruki became popular in the world. It contains 3 parts. I don’t really know why he divided it like that.

This book is about Toru Okada who quits his job as a gofer in a Tokyo law firm and stays home to take care of the house while his wife works. Toru and Kumiko have been married for six years. The Okadas have an insular, childless marriage. They live in Tokyo with their cat, Noboru Wataya.

At the beginning, you will feel very confused when reading this book. Many events happened but they were not linked together and I must say that it is incoherent. First, his cat disappears. Then, he meets an unusual character who helps him explore connections between waking up and dreaming, past and present, good and evil- Kano Malta. On the way looking for his cat, he meets May Kasahara – a teenager who drops out of school. Oh, this is my favorite character. She is a person who helps Toru and pushes the plot along. No longer after that, he meets Kano Creta, a younger sister of Malta who often appears in his dream. But the strange thing is, he has never met Malta before. Moreover, he dreams about having sex with her- she wears Kumiko clothes- and ejaculates in real life. Then,Toru gets to know Lieutenant Mamiya, a former soldier in the Japanese army during World War II. Mamiya and Toru are brought together by Mamiya’s association with Mr. Honda, who is haunted by memories of the Japanese defeat at Nomonhan. Since that day, he often climbs down the deep well near his house. The most important thing is that the friendship between Toru and Mamiya makes Toru intrigued in Japanese World War 2 history. And then his wife disappears, too.

When I was reading the wind up bird chronicle, I kinda have some mild hatred toward this book because it goes on from one event to another with almost no links between two events. However, this disconnection encourages me to keep reading the book to figure out what is that the author really wants to say. After finish 2/3 of the book, I was enticing into finishing the book.

This book is wonderful. Haruki makes it seem like fantasy, but it was based on real life. He allows us to intuitively grasp the wider ranges in our perceptions. Moreover, he describes the scenery, how the people looks, how are Toru feelings in very detailed ways.  I felt Toru’s emotions as if I was him and I found his reactions to be really believable. When I read Kumiko’s letter about why she left, I felt as betrayed as Toru must have felt.

In the conclusion, If you going to start reading this book, I think that you need to be really patient. This book is close to 700 hundred pages so don’t jump into this and expect everything to match up or make sense right away. In another hand, you need to think, imagine and think a lot about what Murakami really wants to say behind the words.

Level: Hard.

Rate: 4,25/5.