Haruki Murakami The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

ISBN 13 : 9780099562986

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Note moyenne 4,17
( 162 352 avis fournis par Goodreads )
 
9780099562986: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

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, blameless life 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.

Les informations fournies dans la section « Synopsis » peuvent faire référence à une autre édition de ce titre.

Review :

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

From the Inside Flap :

Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II.
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.
Gripping, prophetic, suffused with comedy and menace, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon.

Les informations fournies dans la section « A propos du livre » peuvent faire référence à une autre édition de ce titre.

Meilleurs résultats de recherche sur AbeBooks

1.

Murakami, Haruki
Edité par Alfred A.Knopf, New York: (1997)
ISBN 10 : 0099562987 ISBN 13 : 9780099562986
Ancien(s) ou d'occasion paperback Quantité : 1
Vendeur
Flips Fine Books
(Ormond Beach, FL, Etats-Unis)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre Alfred A.Knopf, New York:, 1997. paperback. Advance Reader's Sample/ Excerpts. stiff wraps, illus cover, 71 pages; contains excerpts: Chapters 1, 11, 12 & 13; author photo by Marion Ettlinger on last page. translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin. cover design by Chip Kidd w/ photo by Geof Spear. fine copy (green protruding page-tab after p.24 creased per usual). N° de réf. du libraire 1703

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter D'occasion
EUR 43,88
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : EUR 2,56
Vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

2.

Murakami, Haruki
Edité par Vintage (2011)
ISBN 10 : 0099562987 ISBN 13 : 9780099562986
Ancien(s) ou d'occasion Paperback Quantité : 1
Vendeur
Revival Books Ltd
(Rossendale, LANCS, Royaume-Uni)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre Vintage, 2011. Paperback. État : Very Good. Very Good: a copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. N° de réf. du libraire mon0007642265

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter D'occasion
EUR 67,66
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : EUR 3,37
De Royaume-Uni vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

3.

Haruki Murakami
Edité par Vintage Books (2011)
ISBN 10 : 0099562987 ISBN 13 : 9780099562986
Ancien(s) ou d'occasion Paperback Quantité : 1
Vendeur
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, Etats-Unis)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre Vintage Books, 2011. Paperback. État : Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. N° de réf. du libraire 0099562987

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter D'occasion
EUR 328,69
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : Gratuit
Vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais