Thursday, October 27, 2011

Review: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

So here I am posting my first review. This is an exciting new adventure for me starting now!

Publisher: Vintage
Page Count: 624
Source: Purchased

Publication Date: September 1, 1998

My Review
I just finished reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (my first one of his to prepare for 1Q84). I have to say I absolutely loved this book, it’s different then anything I’ve read before. Murakami has a special way of writing that I found I was enthralled with everything that happened to Toru.

Ever felt like you can’t tell the difference between a dream and reality. This book definitely makes you think about that more. After awhile everything just continues to merge together so much that I couldn't figure out where I was. There are so many characters throughout but Murakami connects them all so well.

It is not often I find myself wanting to reread a book the moment I have finished it, but this was one of those books. If I didn't have a thousand other books to read I would have closed the book, turned it over and opened it again. This is one of those books that the more times you read it the more information you will find you missed that can connect story lines for you. I found myself getting lost in the book and picturing myself there.

Murakami goes into such great detail when describing events that I found myself picturing it happening right in front of me (and some scenes can be quite disturbing). He really knows how to catch a reader’s attention and keep them guessing throughout the story. There were so many great quotes throughout the novel as well. I found myself thinking about my own life while reading this story, and I don't often find a novel that makes me think about things like that. 

I can't wait to explore his other books now that I have finally read him. It's great when a book comes along that makes me want to collect all the authors other works!

Other books by Haruki Murakami
Kafka On the Shore
Norwegian Wood


  1. Hey chick! :) So awesome to see you blogging about books - especially Murakami :D He is one of my all-time favorites! I really loved his "Norwegian Wood" and "Dance, Dance, Dance" ;) Wish I had time to read all his books - they're all so unique with a tiny bit of crazy :)

    Also, I think you might like Abe Kobos "Kangaroo Notebook" - really awesome book :)

    This was a great review to kick-start a new book blog! I'm so happy you joined the book-blogging community :D Keep in touch! <3

  2. I *love* that the first book you chose to blog about is a Murakami! Wind Up Bird Chronicle was also my first Murakami (a friend gave it to me for my birthday about ten years ago, I think), and I've been a fan ever since. I have 1Q84 and am in love with the cover, but I haven't begun it yet. So excited to start! :)

    Have you read Kazuo Ishiguro's The Unconsoled? It has a similar vibe of blurring the line between dream and reality. One of my favourite books ever.

    P.S. Welcome to the blogosphere! :)

  3. @literarytreats I thought it was a good book to start with because of all the hype around 1Q84 (which I love the cover too, and can't wait to read, need to find the time first)

    I haven't read The Unconsoled, I've read Never Let Me Go and was meh about it. But I will check out the recommendation. Thanks!



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