The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Hardcover, 611 pages

English language

Published July 24, 1997 by Alfred A. Knopf.

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With three novels and one short-story collection now translated into English, Haruki Murakami has emerged as the most significant Japanese novelist in decades. And with this hugely ambitious new book—a true magnum opus, equal in scope and execution to Yukio Mishima's posthumous tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility—he will take his place in the inter- national pantheon of contemporary literature.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is many things: the story of a marriage that mysteri- ously collapses; a jeremiad against the su- perficiality of contemporary politics; an investigation of painfully suppressed memo- ries of war; a bildungsroman about a com- passionate young man's search for his own identity as well as that of his nation. All of Murakami's storytelling genius—combining elements of detective fiction, deadpan humor, and metaphysical truth, and swiftly transforming commonplace realism into sur- real revelation—is on full, seamless display. And in turning his literary imagination loose on a broad …

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I am vaguely new to listening to audiobooks and just reading in general so my thoughts are not backed by much experience but from the few books that I have listened to and read in the past, this is by fast the best.

The narrators voice is incredibly soothing and calm while pronouncing every word with impeccable accuracy this makes the experiencing much easier when compared to some other narrators whose voice you have to pay an extreme amount of attention to so that you can understand the words being read.

The story is amazing and creates such a beautiful and clear view in the listeners mind as to what the world surrounding our characters is like. It's the kind of descriptions that takes a location and turns it into a character.

This book is simply incredble. The story, the characters, the beautifully described locations from 'enveloping moonlight' to the …

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