The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Toru Okada's cat has disappeared.

His wife is growing more distant every day.

Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has recently been 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.

Reviews

Deeply philosophical and teasingly perplexing, it is impossible to put down

- Daily Telegraph

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Visionary...a bold and generous book

- New York Times

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Murakami weaves textured layers of reality into a shot-silk garment of deceptive beauty

- Independent on Sunday

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Mesmerising, surreal, this really is the work of a true original

- The Times

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Critics have variously likened him to Raymond Carver, Raymond Chandler, Arthur C. Clarke, Don DeLillo, Philip K. Dick, Bret Easton Ellis and Thomas Pynchon - a roster so ill assorted as to suggest Murakami is in fact an original

- New York Times

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Murakami writes of contemporary Japan, urban alienation and journey's of self-discovery, and in this book he combines recollections of the war with metaphysics, dreams and hallucinations into a powerful and impressionistic work

- Independent

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