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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Allan Clark, March 17, 2012

A fantastic novel in both senses of the word. Murakami carries you slowly and surely into a surreal world with Kafkaesque details in which everything is fantastic, yet simultaneously mundane. The one constant thread throughout the phantasmagoria is the narrator's detached and indifferent voice. This is not a book for literal readers who demand a driving plot and intense characterizations�"they will be puzzled by its convolutions and bored with its elaborate details�"the narrative arc is very long, but quirky with interruptions for long pieces that could stand on their own. What is not said is often more important than what is made explicit. Murakami brings it all to a quiet yet definite end that is fully satisfying�"magical realism at its very best.
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