[Novel] The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)

Windup Birds

Haruki Murakami has a knack for coming up with mysterious concepts and weird but fascinating characters, but in this particular book, I felt like the plot  — despite being full of interesting things  — was all over the place, as if he had no idea what he was writing about and only penned random (but awesome) ideas on the page. The Wind-Up Bird is still among the more fascinating books I’ve read, but I had a hard time getting invested in the personal struggle of the characters when it felt kind of, well, random and inconsequential half of the time.

Positive: Negative:
Crisp, flowing prose The plot has trouble deciding where it wants to go and keeps jumping all over the place
Mysterious, surreal atmosphere The mini-stories of the side-characters end up more interesting than the main plot
Fascinating, mysterious characters
Interesting story full of mysteries
Enlightening on Japanese culture
Enlightening on the World War from Japanese side

 

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