I went into this book blind. I had absolutely zero idea what this book was about. Which was probably a terrible idea. 
​This book is surreal. Strangely magical? I didn’t have a clear grasp on what was happening. Which bothered me. Because this book is over 600 pages long and I still don’t understand how everything is interconnected. But I still kind of liked it?

Toru Okada is recently unemployed and drifting along. His wife works while he stays home. When their cat disappears, things take a strange turn. He starts to get weird phone calls from a phone sex operator, he meets his neighbor, young May Kasahara, and a slew of other characters appear. A lot of things happen. All leading back to his initial attempt to find the cat. It’s all very… weird. 

I don’t know. I was never fully immersed in the story so I was often quite bored. It took me weeks to finish the book. But there was something comforting I found about Toru. Maybe it was his own uncertainty with what was happening around him? Who knows. 

Can someone please explain this book to me???

2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Update: 30/40(*50)

Prompt: a book with an animal in the title 

[I asked my 2-year-old to name an animal for me. “Birdy” is what she came up with. Which is how I ended up with this book. Ha! Should’ve read the synopsis.] 


19 thoughts on “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

  1. I remember I borrowed this book to read the first few pages from another student and it looked amazing. This is the book I’ve been looking for for years! So sad to hear you didn’t enjoy it though, is there a lack of plot or was it just so random that it didn’t end up making any sense?

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    1. Don’t get me wrong. It’s extremely well-written. But the magical realism/supernatural (?) elements caught me off-guard. And even when I finally realized those elements were present, I still didn’t understand the function of some of the characters within the plot. Because there is a plot. But this book just went waaay over my head. I have *so many* questions.

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      1. I honestly feel like you’ve just described the book version of Inception and Shutter Island. Perhaps, that was the authors intention, to make you think so that it leaves a lasting impression. The author sounds like a limited edition kinda person. You’ve just made me want to read it more!

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  2. Hahaha… I loved your words on your post… There are very few books which I haven’t understood. I am reading a book with missed calls as the title. There is not a single phone call yet…. Well maybe in the last few pages.
    Great post

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  3. I have read the synopsis of 18Q4… and it does seem to be a bit bizarre. I have heard that Haruki is quite a writer, and quite unique on what he writes XD but 600 pages trying to find out like WTF is going on doesn’t seem to be my kind of read XD

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    1. I know but I don’t understand what happened. It’s been months since I read it and I’m still thinking about it. This is one of those rare times when I should have buddy read this with someone so we could bounce ideas off of one another. Have you read it??

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      1. Yeah, that’s understandable. Sometimes Murakami’s work needs to be read several times. It’s usually easy then all of sudden he’ll go deep into detail using metaphors. From my understanding of my read the main characters faces different inner problems he has and visits himself at different stages of his life.

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      2. Wait… what?! THAT’S what the book was about?? I read it waaay too literal then. I’m confused. So what was all that stuff with Corsica and Malta?? And the brother in law?? What does it all mean?

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