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The Wind-up Bird ChronicleMr.Okada and his wife lose their cat, and then the wife goes missing too. Meanwhile Mr. Okada meets the strange girl from down the alley and together they explore the derelict property with the dried-up well. As he's unemployed, he has plenty of time to wander around, sit on benches and meet strange people, one of whom relates his story of war-time horror in the Outer Mongolian desert. Now this story ends up with the chap contemplating life from down the bottom of a dried-up well, and with there being another dried-up well so handy, Mr Okada decides he will give it a try too.
by Haruki Murakami
Score: 7.5
Published: 1994
Read: October 15th 2007

Comments


John said

Jolly good, in a mystical, weird kind of way. I would read more Murakami, but not straight away I think. This was originally recommended by Arnaldo, during our holiday in Vietnam. only took me 5 years to get round to it!

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