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Riassunto: Toru Okada's cat has disappeared and this has unsettled his wife, who is herself growing more distant every day. Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has started 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.
Recensione: Bad things come in threes for Toru Okada. He loses his job, his cat disappears, and then his wife fails to return from work. His search for his wife (and his cat) introduces him to a bizarre collection of characters, including two psychic sisters, a possibly unbalanced teenager, an old soldier who witnessed the massacres on the Chinese mainland at the beginning of the Second World War, and a very shady politician.
Haruki Murakami is a master of subtly disturbing prose. Mundane events throb with menace, while the bizarre is accepted without comment. Meaning always seems to be just out of reach, for the reader as well as for the characters, yet one is drawn inexorably into a mystery that may have no solution. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is an extended meditation on themes that appear throughout Murakami's earlier work. The tropes of popular culture, movies, music, detective stories, combine to create a work that explores both the surface and the hidden depths of Japanese society at the end of the 20th century.
If it were possible to isolate one theme in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, that theme would be responsibility. The atrocities committed by the Japanese army in China keep rising to the surface like a repressed memory, and Toru Okada himself is compelled by events to take responsibility for his actions and struggle with his essentially passive nature. If Toru is supposed to be a Japanese Everyman, steeped as he is in Western popular culture and ignorant of the secret history of his own nation, this novel paints a bleak picture. Like the winding up of the titular bird, Murakami slowly twists the gossamer threads of his story into something of considerable weight. --Simon Leake
Titolo: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Casa editrice: Harvill/Panther 1999:
Data di pubblicazione: 1999
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Harvill/Panther 1999:, 1999. Condizione libro: Good. Limited centenary ed. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP88959786
Descrizione libro Harvill, 2010. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. First Edition. ~~One of 2,500 Luxury Limited Edition copies for Harvill Secker Centenary, comes with wrapper band~~VG+/VG+ 1st impression 2010 Harvill Secker hardback, unclipped DJ. Backing of spine a little concave due to previous usage, all else VG+ bright and unmarked internally. More by this author available Sent Airmail at no extra cost; Worldwide Shipping IMMEDIATE 1ST CLASS/AIRMAIL DISPATCH Quantity Available: 1. Category: Fiction; ISBN: 1846553873. ISBN/EAN: 9781846553875. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 061169. Codice libro della libreria 061169
Descrizione libro Harvill Secker, 2010. Condizione libro: Used. This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Codice libro della libreria ABE_book_usedgood_1846553873
Descrizione libro Harvill/Panther 1999:, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria P021846553873
Descrizione libro Harvill/Panther 1999:, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P111846553873
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Descrizione libro Harvill Secker, London, 2010. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. Book condition: fine, the centenary edition which is limited to 2,500 copies, three books published as one: The Thieving Magpie June and July 1984; Bird as Prophet July to October 1984; The Birdcatcher October 1984 to December 1985, DJ features illustration of a cat walking beneath a yellow moon, a two inch red paper band stretches across the middle and notes the special edition, excellent condition, mylar cover, grey cloth boards feature cat in silver, one gentle bump to bottom right front and light smudges to head of text block, otherwise pristine as is the interior, binding tight, 609 pages, 6.25 X 9.5 inches. Postage for oversized and international shipping will be calculated by size and weight. AbeBooks shipping quotes are ESTIMATES only. If actual shipping cost is less than the AbeBooks estimate, it is our practice to REFUND the difference to the buyer. Codice libro della libreria 006769