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Inhaltsangabe: Toru Okada is an apparently happy man - his domestic routine seems familiar and comfortable. Admittedly, he has recently quit his job, the cat has disappeared, and a strange woman has begun to bother him with explicit phone calls. Then one day his wife does not come home from work.
Rezension: 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
Buchbeschreibung Harvill Press, 1998. Paperback. Buchzustand: Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers mon0000202781
Buchbeschreibung The Harvill Press, 1998. Soft cover. Buchzustand: Very Good. 1st Edition. 1st UK edition, 1st printing paperback original with french flaps. Book in VG bright condition, with no inscriptions, a few reading creases to spine and a bit of wear to covers. Not ex library or a remainder.(B6). Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-18501336993
Buchbeschreibung Harvill, 1998. Soft cover. Buchzustand: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. first edition first impression large paperback as issued with french flaps, (no hardback issued) in near fine condition, some creasing to spine no other markings, please see pics, paypal accepted any questions please ask. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-6465750924
Buchbeschreibung Paperback. Buchzustand: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers TT00354924B
Buchbeschreibung Harvill, 1998. Soft cover. Buchzustand: Very Good. 1st Edition.... UK first impression of this scarce PBO. Excellent novel. VG overall with slightly concave spine and a few spine creases. Harvill 1998. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-1228455860
Buchbeschreibung The Harvill Press, London, 1998. Card Wraps. Buchzustand: Very Good. No Jacket. First British Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Copy in illustrated card wraps. Light creasing to spine. Free of inscriptions. Clean and flat contents. Appears unread. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 021698
Buchbeschreibung Harvill, 1998. Soft cover. Buchzustand: Near Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Near Fine. 1st Edition. first Uk edition first impression paperback with French flaps (no hardback issued) in near fine condition with some minimal creasing to spine and a tiny bump to top corner of spine (above writers name, please see pics) no other markings, any blemishes are in the photos, any questions please ask, paypal accepted. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-5992783047
Buchbeschreibung Harvill Pr, 1998. Paperback. Buchzustand: New. book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 186046470X
Buchbeschreibung Harvill Pr, 1998. Paperback. Buchzustand: New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers DADAX186046470X
Buchbeschreibung Harvill, London, 1998. Original Wraps. Buchzustand: Very Good. First Edition. Paperback original - no UK hardback edition. Light bumping to corners, small dent in the centre of the rear panel and a little browning to page edges. No spine creasing. First printing. Large item so overseas postage will be more than the standard ABE postage charge. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 007134