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  • Published: New York : Vintage International, 1998, c1997.
  • Year Published: 1997
  • Edition: 1st Vintage International ed.
  • Description: [608] p. ; 21 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0679775439 :

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The wind-up bird chronicle

by Murakami, Haruki, 1949-

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Call number: Fiction

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"This translation originally published in hardcover in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York, in 1997"--T.p. verso.

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Stunning and Cohesive

Murakami manages to marry dreamlike plots with action-packed, adventurous writing full of cultural references and wit. This was one of the best novels I've ever read, hands down. Highly recommended.

Surreal and very Japanese

At his wife's behest, an unemployed man goes looking for his missing cat in the alley behind his house. Then things get weird.

This book is critically acclaimed and one of the more popular books to come out of Japan in recent years. I enjoyed it, but my mom was ambivalent about it. Not for your casual reader, but definitely worth reading if you enjoy Japanese literature, surrealism, or want something a bit more hefty than your typical beach reading. If you like this I'd recommend Kafka on the Shore.

Trigger warning for sexual violence and wartime torture.

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