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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel | Haruki Murakami
Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II. In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat.Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo.As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan's forgotten campaign in Manchuria.Gripping, prophetic, suffused with comedy and menace, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon.
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LisaMorr
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Really enjoyed this trip with Haruki Murakami. When Kumiko asks her husband Toru to go look for their cat in the back alley, it starts off a crazy ride into Murakami‘s imagination. By the end of the book not every thread was tied off, but I was amazed with the number that were. Another great book by Murakami; not quite as good as 1Q84, but well done.

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Emu
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#day 5 #7days7covers Post a cover you love each day for 7 days. No explanation needed

Cathythoughts Crazy great cover 4w
Emu Yeah, it fits the story so well 😀 3w
CafeMom One of my favorite books 😍 3w
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LisaMorr
Wind-Up Bird Chronicle | Haruki Murakami

When you sneak into somebody‘s backyard, it does seem that guts and curiosity are working together. Curiosity can bring guts out of hiding at times, maybe even get them going. But curiosity usually evaporates. Guts have to go for the long haul. Curiosity‘s like a fun friend you can‘t really trust. It turns you on and then it leaves you to make it on your own - with whatever guts you can muster.

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LisaMorr
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I formally went to ask Kumiko‘s parents for her hand in marriage. To say that their reception of me was cool would be an understatement. The doors of all the world‘s refrigerators seemed to have been thrown open at once.

BarbaraBB Great quote. I enjoyed this book so much! 1mo
LisaMorr I‘m really enjoying it so far. Reminds me of 1Q84. 1mo
CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 1w
LisaMorr @CrowCAH Thank you! 1w
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Cathythoughts
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“.......And in the movement of the sun , I felt something I hardly know how to name ;
something huge, cosmic love . “

TrishB Beautiful ❤️ 3mo
Cinfhen That‘s gorgeous 3mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB @Cinfhen I love how he goes cosmic sometimes & then very ordinary life too. 👍🏻♥️♥️ 3mo
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Cathythoughts
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#AyupAugust #Somethinggood I‘m reading my 2d book by Murakami & I cant explain why but there is #somethinggood that happens to me as I read him ... I feel less stressed , less worried , like there is more space inside of me & around me 🤷🏻‍♀️ it‘s true ! I like the feeling

TrishB That‘s a wonderful sentiment ♥️ 3mo
JennyM Reading is magic ❤️ 3mo
Freespirit I love his books too...they are a magical journey...so surreal 🥰 3mo
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Tanisha_A That description of the effect of reading Murakami is 👌! 3mo
batsy Love that description of having more space inside and around you 💫 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm What an interesting and lovely way of explaining your feeling when reading Murakami! ❤️ 3mo
emilyhaldi Gosh, so many people rave about this book that I bought it earlier this year. I'm a bit nervous about the fantasy element though so have been scared to pick it up.... Youre definitely inspiring me 😁✨ 3mo
squirrelbrain I have this on my TBR shelf - I really need to get to it soon... never read any Murakami but you‘re inspiring me! 😘 3mo
BarbaraBB I am so happy you‘re enjoying Murakami. His writing is so clean indeed. This one is my favorite! 3mo
Cinfhen I‘ve never tried Murakami, for some reason I‘m totally put off by him🤷🏼‍♀️but like the others, you‘re inspiring me (edited) 3mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks ♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @JennyM that‘s for sure 👍🏻❤️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @Freespirit so magical indeed !! 👍🏻 3mo
Cathythoughts @batsy thanks! I feel I‘m living in the novel 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm thanks Jessie. He has a strong impact 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB I‘ve only also read Killing Commendatore - also loved it. 3mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen will be dying to know what ye think ..... I‘d say it‘s definitely a marmite 3mo
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A Thanks!! He‘s brilliant 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Tamra I hope you love it! 3mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra I think I do !! So far it‘s brilliant & a page turner 3mo
youneverarrived Love this description ♥️ 3mo
Reggie This made me 😊. Here‘s to hoping we all have a book like that! 3mo
Centique I feel the same way! It‘s like a deep breath of fresh, clean air reading Murakami 😍. I think it‘s to do with the sharp focus of his writing and yet there‘s always someone or something gentle and soft in his books - like he‘s put a purring cat there on your knee! 3mo
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived 👍🏻♥️♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @Reggie yes!! Bring it on ! We all want books that make us feel like this ♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @Centique such a beautiful way of putting it Paula ♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @Centique I won‘t be able to read him now without thinking of the cat there on my knee ♥️ 3mo
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Cathythoughts
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It‘s raining ! Feeling a bit flu- like 🤧😷. Bed , book, mulled wine ....

mcipher Feel better! 3mo
Cathythoughts @mcipher thankyou 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Eggs Wine is the cure-all eh? 🍷 3mo
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BiblioLitten Hope you feel better soon! 💕 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Hope you feel better soon! How is the book! It‘s in my TBR! 3mo
Lcsmcat I hope you feel better, but it‘s a good excuse to cuddle up with a good book. 3mo
Cathythoughts @Eggs 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @BiblioLitten thankyou ! ♥️👍🏻 3mo
Cathythoughts @ValerieAndBooks thanks!! Book is really good. It‘s my second of his ... another page turner 3mo
batsy Take care and feel better ❤️🌻 3mo
Cathythoughts @Lcsmcat thanks & yes it is definitely that 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
hilded Hope you feel better soon :) 3mo
Cathythoughts @batsy thanks! I‘m in the right place 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @hilded thanks 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Leftcoastzen Feel better, sounds like you are doing all you can. 3mo
Cathythoughts @Leftcoastzen thanks! I‘m in a good place. It‘s only a flu ... Thankyou X 3mo
youneverarrived Great book! Feel better ♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived thanks!! Book is good 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Birdsong28 Hope you feel better soon 😘📚📖 3mo
JennyM Feel better xxxx 3mo
Chelsea.Poole Feel better☕️ 3mo
AmyRebecca Have wanted to read this 3mo
Cathythoughts @Birdsong28 it‘s tomorrow & feeling better already ! Thank X 3mo
Cathythoughts @JennyM thanks Jenny X 3mo
Cathythoughts @Chelsea.Poole Thankyou!! And the warm cups of tea & coffee definitely help 😁 3mo
Cathythoughts @AmyRebecca it‘s good .. I‘d love to hear your thoughts when you get there 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
CarolynM Hope you're feeling better❤️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM thanks! I am ! I had a good sleep & that seemed to go the trick 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyAug19 Day 5: #Balloon
I am posting a day early as I will lose several hours offline while traveling from San Francisco to Singapore (with an 11-hour layover in Beijing, ugh!).

TrishB That long stop on the way home is s killer! When all you want by then is to be home....safe journey. 3mo
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Cathythoughts
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More Murakami ! He is definitely weird ( but I‘m not throwing out this baby with the bath water) he really gets us humans in so many ways I can relate to ....
I see good reviews on Litsy ... and so far I‘m under his spell for the 2d time now ... I did love Killing Commendatore too

CaitlinR “The better you were able to imagine what you wanted to imagine, the farther you could flee from reality.” I loved this book.
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Cathythoughts @CaitlinR great quote !! He is very quotable. And I love his ‘ overthinking passages ‘ ... the polka dotted tie passage .... he really does the ‘ overthinking ‘ well 👍🏻♥️ so true to life (edited) 3mo
SpaceCowboyBooks While I enjoyed this book I felt like he left too many loose ends. Hard Boiled Wonderland was much better. 3mo
Cathythoughts @SpaceCowboyBooks oh no !! I can‘t tap your spoiler till I‘m finished .... 😬patience is not my virtue - but I‘m waiting till the end 👍🏻♥️ (edited) 3mo
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Tex2Flo
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#bookishbingo
This was fun! First time I‘ve been able to gather my thought for a bingo.

Samplergal Is that supposed to be from the last year? I was confused 🤷🏽‍♀️. I put my first book that I just finished in August. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 3mo
Tex2Flo Dunno. I just interpreted it to be anniversary year. 3mo
alexa_d You know, Lucy Knisley is bi. You could put Kid Gloves in the "LGBTQ author" square and have a proper bingo! 2mo
Tex2Flo @alexa_d I didn‘t know that. I was certain I‘d be playing the rest of the month before a good bingo showed up. Thanks. 2mo
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squirrelbrain
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#birds

#julycoldplay

still on the TBR shelf and I haven‘t read any Murakami yet.....

BookwormM This one is probably my favourite Murakami and it was my first 4mo
ephemeralwaltz @BookwormM it was my first too! 4mo
Eggs Stacked! 4mo
sarahbarnes I think it‘s my favorite one of his I‘ve read, too! 4mo
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Come-read-with-me
Pickpick

This is the first book by this author I have read. Initially his style of writing was a bit off putting to me, but as I became more familiar with his style I couldn‘t put the book down. It was a great glimpse into the life of man whose world seems to be disintegrating around him, yet he was able to find moments of humour in the absurdity. I will definitely be picking more books by this author.

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Tex2Flo
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Got this one on a whim a while back. Looking forward to some flight time to get started.

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DePaepe
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All of the little themes of everything I have read by Murakami come together in this book. I absolutely loved it, page after to page. I had trouble putting it down and am sad it is over. #BigInJapan #WanderingJune

Cinfhen Lots of love for this book!! 5mo
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CrowCAH
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Mehso-so

#WanderingJune #BigInJapan
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tl6u2NASUzU

Haruki Maurakami I‘m sure is a big author in Japan, his home country.

rretzler Many people seem to love Murakami and I‘m not completely sure why at this point. I read his 1Q84 and while the premise was weird but interesting, at 1,332 pages, I found his writing very, very repetitive. I‘ve heard good things about Kafka on the Shore so I may try it and see if I like it any better. 5mo
Cinfhen I‘m not sure Murakami is for me, but he‘s certainly #BigInJapan and the rest of the world 5mo
CrowCAH @rretzler I wasn‘t a big fan of this book; too long and a bit confusing. 5mo
CrowCAH @Cinfhen if you like chunksters and magic realism, then his books are for you. 5mo
Cinfhen Nope, not for me!!! I don‘t enjoy magical realism 5mo
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Tanisha_A
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Mr. Murakami is #BiginJapan and at other places too, and i have loved reading his prose. Tagged is next on my list.

📷: I don't understand a word of that, but I guess that's 'The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle'. 😆 #WanderingJune

@BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thank you ladies for curating these prompts! 🥰

Melissa_J I just posted about Murakami, too 😊 5mo
Tanisha_A @Melissa_J Murakami minds think alike! 😁 5mo
Tamra It‘s such an awesome novel! 5mo
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BarbaraBB My favorite Murakami! 5mo
Cinfhen So much love for this book!!! But I‘m not sure I have the head for Murakami 5mo
Tanisha_A @BarbaraBB @Tamra That quick review is making me so eager now. 😀 5mo
Tanisha_A @Cinfhen Haha! Can understand that. 5mo
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squirrelbrain
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Found this on Goodreads....

It‘s not on Litsy so the one I‘ve tagged is the Murakami book that‘s on my TBR shelf waiting to be read. I‘ve never read any of his books (yet!).

#beatlemaynia
#yesterday

Eggs Well done 👍🏼👏🏻🤗 6mo
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyApr19 Day 29: #Disappear and the world would go an as per normal. Another Murakami novel I have yet to read.

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vivastory
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A missing wife, an unrequited love, a forbidden romance, & youthful infatuation with doomed neighbors. All four are fantastic reads & all four have #InvisibleTouch #AnglophileApril
@Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Ha!!! I couldn‘t think of one and you thought of 4 😛🙌🏻 6mo
Mdargusch Nice! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 6mo
emilyhaldi I just finished reading this tagged book today and Patti Smith spends a chapter praising Murakami and specifically the book you tagged!!! I have never read any of his books but tbh Wind Up Bird sounds a little too magical for my taste 🤔✨ 6mo
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vivastory @emilyhaldi I've been meaning to read Smith's book forever, I'm even more intrigued knowing that she talks about Murakami. I loved Wind-up etc., but I think I might like Kafka on the Shore a bit more. They're both big time commitments, so I'd recommend sampling a few pieces from the following short story collection. They're a good representation of his novels 6mo
emilyhaldi Thanks for the tip!!! I will start there 😁 6mo
Reviewsbylola TVS is one of my favorite movies. I loved the book too! 6mo
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reema
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Pickpick

I don‘t know why I liked this weird little book as much as I did. I can certainly see why some didn‘t: the oddball characters entering scene at strange times in unusual ways and the main character acting as if this were completely normal. But I think that‘s why I found it charming and what leant to it‘s dream-like surrealism.

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Bklover
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Trying to decide between these two for my next read. Definitely two different books!!

Mtroiano Can‘t go wrong with Murakami! 8mo
Billypar Wind-Up is one of my all-time favorites 🐦 8mo
Tamra Oh my, both are grrrrrreat!🐯 (edited) 8mo
Tamra This is giving nothing away, but I would have found it helpful to understand going in that Simmons draws upon native mythology to tell his story. 8mo
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Chili
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@daena Thank you so much! I love Murakami and I can‘t wait to start this. The bag is so cute! Thanks again!
#Jolabokaflodswap
@MaleficentBookDragon

daena So glad you are pleased! That is one of my all time favorite books. Happy reading and chocolate eating....and Happy Holidays ❤️💚💙 10mo
Chili @daena The Murakami books that I‘ve already read I really liked. So I am really excited to read this one. 10mo
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mrsh62010
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This is the first Murakami book I read. I had borrowed it from a friend, and wanted to own it ever since. So it‘s my Christmas gift to myself. 🙂

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MayJasper
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#winterwonderland prompt 17: #goneaway @Cinfhen @TrishB
First Toru's cat disappears then his wife goes away then all kind of weird happens all in a very clever literary way.

Cinfhen I stacked this book yesterday after @Blaire & @vivastory told me it‘s worth a shot!!! 10mo
vivastory @Cinfhen I think it's great. It's a bit long, almost 600 pages. You might want to try his stories first. If you like these, you'll like Wind-up 10mo
TrishB Love that graphic 💕 10mo
Tamra This was my first Murkami and loved it - totally absorbed! 10mo
MayJasper @TrishB thanks, there are so many beautiful covers for this book. I couldn't choose one so I went for a selection 10mo
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vivastory
Wind-Up Bird Chronicle | Haruki Murakami, Murakami
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Read this earlier today & seemed fitting for today's prompt.
#BabyItsColdOutside
#WinterWonderland
@Cinfhen @TrishB

TrishB It certainly is 👍🏻 10mo
Cinfhen I haven‘t read Murakami.... 🙈 10mo
Blaire @Cinfhen the tagged one is my favorite murakami and a good one to start with. 10mo
Cinfhen Ok, thanks @Blaire I think I I tried this one once and it was a very early on bail 10mo
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Makatma
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Reading a lovely book on a lovely fall day

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matthieumcintosh
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Pickpick

This one's been plucking around in my head for a bit. An exceptionally entertaining, tender, and often brutal novel. Murakami has a great way of excavating and creating his character's selves through their interaction with society at large. The second best of Murakami's I've read as Norwegian Wood holds a special, special place in my heart.

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MStew
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This follows a man on a dark twisted journey to find his wife and cat in dark Tokyo. He meets some very interesting people along the way a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan's forgotten campaign in WW2

Murakami knows dark!! I wanna read more translated fiction😄🤘

Jilly6183 I love Murakami! He's not for everyone and sometimes it takes patience (IQ84 for example) but he is so original, creative, and insightful 13mo
Velvetfur Oh I love Murakami! I've read several of his books and they're all like this, they really make you think. You should read 'Kafka On The Shore' next, that was the first of his that I read 😊 13mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Just finished this! I really have no idea how I feel about it 🤷‍♀️ 13mo
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Cedricsmom @meghan2714 what is a physic prostitute? Or is that a typo? 13mo
MStew @Cedricsmom typo, but physic prostitute would be interesting too😂😂😂 13mo
MStew @Velvetfur I want to read that too!! 13mo
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Theresa
Wind-Up Bird Chronicle | Haruki Murakami, Murakami
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I haven't read anything by Haruki Murakami, but I want to as evidenced by the fact that I own these 2 + 1Q84 on audio + preordered his latest. Where should I start? With 1 that I already own or is there something that's a better entry point?

sisilia Wind Up is my favorite Murakami 😍 Go for it! If you‘d like something lighter, try Kafka on the Shore or Norwegian Wood 14mo
Lauren.Archer The Wind Up Bird Chronicle is good one to start with. I personally started with 1Q84 and was fine, but it is very long and can go off on some long tangents. 14mo
irre I only read one of his books and I really liked it 14mo
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Lindy @sisilia @Lauren.Archer I agree. Start with Wind Up. 👍 14mo
ephemeralwaltz I loved both!!!😍😍 14mo
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Ojo
Wind-Up Bird Chronicle | Haruki Murakami, Murakami
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Pickpick

It‘s a surreal world that the protagonist enters unwittingly after his cat and then his wife disappear. He encounters a slew of odd women including a pubescent young woman. Our protagonist becomes a guru of sorts who occasionally seeks refuge in a dry well! There are also anecdotal mentions of the Japanese occupation of Manchuria. Give it a read and explore this wonderful and odd world!I will add more later to give a just review.

RaimeyGallant Interesting. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
Ojo Thank you! I needed that info ! 1y
Chelleo Hi and welcome!🤗 1y
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lobo_neves Thanks for the Litsy tips. Very helpful. I'm still struggling with the app. 1y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 😊👋🏻 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 1y
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BarbaraBB
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I‘ll never forget this #mostgruesomecrimescene ?? ☠️ by Murakami:
“His men held X down with their hands and knees while he began skinning X with the utmost care. It truly was like skinning a peach."... after which it goes on for a while. Horrible sadistic.

#MayLovesClassics #1001books
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Ms_T 🤢 1y
LauraBeth 🙀🙀 1y
DrexEdit Yowza! I need to reread this one soonish! 😨😨😨 1y
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QuintusMarcus Ugly passage, but brilliant book. I don't think Murakami has surpassed it. 1y
BarbaraBB @QuintusMarcus I agree, this was his best. Actually, after 1q84 I stopped reading him! 1y
arubabookwoman I recently did a group read on LT of Kafka on the Shore and there is a scene with a character named Johnny Walker and some cats that was just about the most gruesome thing I have ever read. Several of us in the group read had to be convinced to read on. (And gore in fiction usually doesn‘t overly disturb me). 1y
BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman I read that book too but somehow forget the scene you mention. That is strange, when it is that gruesome. Maybe I have blocked it. 1y
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matthieumcintosh
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Every time I start reading a Murakami novel all the other things in my life kinda take a backseat. I'm not sure what it is I find so comforting about his writing, but it conjures a great feeling of nostalgia and warmth (even if the contents are at odds with the rosy cozy feelings they ellicit).

BooksAndChopsticks Just finished Wind Up and I couldn't agree more with you! 1y
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ephemeralwaltz
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https://lithub.com/nine-of-the-most-violent-works-of-literary-fiction/

Oh no, this (very interesting or just morbidly so) LitHub article made me remember THAT ONE SINGLE SCENE FROM THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE. You all know what I'm talking about. Why oh why 😂😭😂😭😂😭😂 *squirms*

Riveted_Reader_Melissa These are the lists of books that I like to check and if they are on my to read list.....remove them! 😂 1y
readordierachel Yikes. The description of what Piercing is about made me feel a little 🤢 1y
Graywacke Kind of intriguing. I‘ve only read Blood Meridian - both disturbing and curiously hypnotic at the same time. 1y
sloanghost This makes me curious, and yet...there is trepidation 1y
BooksAndChopsticks That scene....I had to actually skip over it 😬 (edited) 1y
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firesalamander
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"If something was going to happen, let it happen. If something WANTED to happen, let it happen." #truth #LifeLessonsILearnedFromBooks

Soubhiville Hi! Welcome to Litsy! I hope you‘ll enjoy it! 1y
firesalamander Thank you @Soubhiville ! 😊 I'm excited! 1y
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Beck_42
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Mehso-so

Can't say I enjoyed this book, but I did think it was a valuable experience reading it. Very skilfully written, it moves from the mundane to the utterly bizarre and unsettling, like a Japanese Twin Peaks. I enjoyed the weirdness but I personally don't always enjoy stories that are left with loose threads or too many questions left hanging - and this one's full of them. Maybe answers are there if you read into subtext, but my brain isn't up to it!

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Pluey865
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ChristyM
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Pickpick

Six hundred pages and eight weeks later... an unforgettable book.

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Dogearedcopy
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Panpan

Book III: Murakami takes all the things from Books I & II and wraps it all up. Sort of.

Where others have described dreamlike language and scenes involving strange leitmotifs, I found it flat, pointless and with no place to hang my own red plastic hat plot-wise.

Adding insult to injury is the audiobook narrator, Rupert Degas who makes all the women sound stabby, ignores texts cues, and makes highly questionable narration choices all around.

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🎧 2/3 Update: Just finished the second of the three interior books, and I really just don‘t know what to make of a “story” where inscrutable women talk about being empty and where the bottom of a well seems like the best place to work things out in your head.

Book II: People appear and disappear and no one wants to answer their phone.

Laalaleighh This book has been haughtily staring at me from my tbr shelf intimidating me forever! It better be more than that! 2y
Blaire @Laalaleighh @dogearedcopy hope you end up liking it!! It is one of my favorite murakami‘s, but I don‘t mind really strange. 😏 2y
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🎧 1/3-Way Status Update: ‘The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle‘ is a tome divided into 3 interior books and I just finished the 1st book. The blend of reality and magical realism as well as the deliberate awkwardness of the scenes that stem from a missing cat, make this a strange experience.

Book I: Random people show up and feel compelled to tell painful stories about themselves.

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Even though Ozeki‘s and Murakami‘s styles, plots, settings (time and place,) and structure are very different, there is a certain alien exoticism and Eastern philosophy that informs both works. I don‘t usually pick titles to read at the same time that are similar for any reason as the biblioverses tend to blur in my mind and this is no exception. I feel like I‘m living in a Japanese David Lynch dream movie!

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This book was an interesting experience. Loved the magical realism elements and the dreamy quality, but still felt like some of it was a slog with not a whole lot of payoff. I might try again in the future though; anyone else feel like Murakami says things that you need to be in the right frame of mind to really appreciate?

ephemeralwaltz I feel that what you get out of a Murakami book depends a lot on the reader. I feel like our mood and individual thoughts complete the reading experience - a lot of his writing is very open to interpretation! Which is what I love about his writing. Each of his books gives me a new chance to reconnect with myself. 2y
HyacinthGirl @ephemeralwaltz absolutely! I felt like a new person after reading Kafka on the Shore. I didn‘t quite feel as changed by this experience, but on reflection I was pretty blown away by how many layers to the narrative there were—particularly the ones that didn‘t find any definite conclusion. 2y
ephemeralwaltz @HyacinthGirl I'm usually bothered when narratives don't have definite conclusions but not with Murakami!😂 And YES, Kafka on the Shore blew me away completely -probably my favorite by him. It was like being in a trance during the whole novel. 2y
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🎧 Started this one today and am currently only about 20 minutes in on this 26-hour audiobook. I‘m going in completely blind and this is my first Murakami so all I can say at this point is that it‘s a bit strange and that I‘m not sure how I feel about a British/Australian narrator (Rupert Degas) performing this Japanese story.

Tamra This was my intro to Murakami (in print) and I loved it. It is dreamlike - the lines between reality and unreality are blurred. If listening isn‘t working, you might try it in print. 2y
avalinah Couldn't handle this one. It has SUPER graphic torture scenes. Ten years later and I can't unsee it 😰 2y
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Lexica10
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Absolutely make this your first Murakami read. A mysterious and mesmerizing introduction to his beloved motifs - cats, pasta, cutty sark, mystery girls, haunting phone calls - and several forays into the both maddening and curious digressions of historically ambiguous relation to the actual plot.

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There is no better way to start a weekend than with a book, hot chocolate and travelling to your loved ones ❤

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Just finished putting together my Reading Challenge for this year. - A list with categories of books to read during the year - Last year was the first time I did this together with my mum and it was amazing. It gave us so much to talk about (books, what better topic is there 😊)The first book in mine will be the wind-up chronicle Let's see where it fits 😉

mabell Welcome to Litsy! 🎉 2y
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DivaDiane Herzlich willkommen bei Litsy!! 2y
PurpleyPumpkin Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a great community and I hope you enjoy it here. 😉📚 2y
mellissimo @PurpleyPumpkin Thank you! I already love it here 😊 Everyone is so nice! 2y
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Finally got my hands on a copy of this!

HelloImJez A beautiful cover! 2y
vivastory I got this for Xmas 👍 2y
Linsy Beautiful 😍 2y
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Presents from my brother 1/2

LeahBergen Murakami! 👍🏻 2y
ephemeralwaltz 🙌🙌🙌 2y
rohit-sawant Wonderful gifts! 2y
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