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Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, the (1994) [Novel]
by Haruki Murakami Rating: Weighted - 8.5 / Average - 8.5 of 10 (64 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

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.

Original title: ねじまき鳥クロニクル (Nejimakidori kuronikuru)
Original languages: Japanese


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction
FictionFantasyLiterary FantasySurrealism


  • Originally published in three parts in Japan.

Edition #1: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1997)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Jay Rubin
  • "Dreamlike and compelling.... Murakami is a genius." Chicago Tribune
  • "Mesmerizing.... Murakami's most ambitious attempt yet to stuff all of modern Japan into a single fictional edifice." Washington Post Book World
  • "A significant advance in Murakami's art... a bold and generous book." The New York Times Book Review
  • "A stunning work of art... that bears no comparisons." New York Observer
  • "With The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Murakami spreads his brilliant, fantastical wings and soars. " Philadelphia Inquirer
  • "Seductive.... A labyrinth designed by a master, at once familiar and irresistibly strange." San Francisco Chronicle
  • "An epic... as sculpted and implacable as a bird by Brancusi." New York Magazine
  • "Mesmerizing, original... fascinating, daring, mysterious and profoundly rewarding." Baltimore Sun
  • "A beguiling sense of mystery suffuses The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and draws us irresistibly and ever deeper into the phantasmagoria of pain and memory.... Compelling [and] convincing." Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • "Digs relentlessly into the buried secrets of Japan's past... brilliantly translated into the latest vernacular." Pico Iyer, Time
  • "A bold and generous book.... No matter how fantastical the events it describes may be, the straight-ahead storytelling never loses its propulsive force." The New York Times Book Review
  • "Compelling." Los Angeles Times
  • "A vision no American novelist could have invented.... [Murakami] aims to provoke not just a frisson of unsettlement, but a deeper, more consequential unease." Newsday
  • "A major work.... On a canvas stretched from Manchuria to Malta, and with sound effects from strange birdcalls to sleigh bells in cyberspace, this is a fully mature, engrossing tale of individual and national destinies entwined. It will be hard to surpass." Kirkus Reviews
  • "A surreal, sprawling drama... that marks Murakami's most ambitious work to date." Publishers Weekly
  • "Ambitious.... The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle soars, thanks to Murakami's virtuosic control... and his complex, disturbing view of human nature." Time Out
  • "Everything in [The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle] is intricately connected to everything else.... [It] resonates in our time, across history, within individuals." Boston Globe
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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles (2007)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London, UK
Publisher: Vintage Classics
ISBN: 9780099503965
Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.9 x 1.6 in
Pages: 607

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1998)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Vintage International
ISBN: 0679775439
Dimensions: x x
Pages: 607

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