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Ljetopis Ptice Navijalice (ねじまき鳥クロニクル #1-3)

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Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fictional 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
Paperback, 696 pages
Published 2011 by Vuković & Runjić (first published 1994)
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Dario Zampetti I feel myself squeezed in between different feelings. Even if I found this book so well written to keep myself going on reading like crazy, I consider…moreI feel myself squeezed in between different feelings. Even if I found this book so well written to keep myself going on reading like crazy, I consider the plot totally pointless.
The author starts a long series of circles without really closing many. The story doesn't stand, it doesn't go anywhere. Characters are thrown in form every angle without any particular reason.
A total plot collapse since the Nutmeg entering, running to an end which explains nearly zero.
Even if, I must say I enjoyed reading it. (less)
Mkfs I liked Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Wild Sheep Chase, and Kafka on the Shore better than this one. It's about on par with Sputnik…moreI liked Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Wild Sheep Chase, and Kafka on the Shore better than this one. It's about on par with Sputnik Sweetheart and Dance, Dance, Dance, maybe a little better. Much better than South of the Border, West of the Sun. I didn't read Norwegian Wood, as I'm not about to read a book by this guy that's named after a Beatles song. His fixation on 60s-era pop music is bad enough already, without devoting an entire novel to the topic.(less)
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Paul Bryant
Sep 20, 2010 Paul Bryant rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
I had been wondering where my cat was when the phone rang. It was a woman offering to have no strings sex with me. I made some non-committal remarks to her and put the receiver down. I hate those cold callers. I had nothing to do that day, or any other day, so I walked down the back alley and fell into a desultory conversation with a random 16 year old girl who had a wooden leg and a parrot on her shoulder. She suggested I help her make some easy money by counting bald people. That sounded about ...more
Jan 17, 2009 Megha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, kickass

A part of me wishes that I hadn't read it yet so I could still read it for the first time and be mesmerized.

It is quiet difficult for me to describe what this book was like. It is surreal and psychedelic. It is mysterious, something out of this world. You just need to stop questioning things and let yourself get carried away. It begins with a seemingly ordinary day in the life of a very ordinary man. But things only gets strange and stranger from there - dreams spill into reality, lines between
Mar 25, 2009 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone open to the odd. Those that can handle mixed, random plots

You, the politician with the psychopath eyes on the T.V.! I hate you!

Russian scheming

Where the fuck is my cat?!!! And why did I name him after you Mr. Psychopath EYES!


Zoo animals?

My dreams are wack, yo – but WAIT! Are they really dreams?! No way man, I totally did it with her for real.

Skinning people alive

Wacky woman with the Huge red hat, tell me! Are you a psychic OR ARE YOU NOT?!

What a cool walkway between the HOUSES!

telephonetelephoneRing, Ring, Ring: Hellloooo -
Dec 06, 2008 Imogen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Y'know what? I give up. I'm never going to finish this. I don't think Murakami's a hack, and I know that everybody except me thinks he's a genius, and I also understand- or, more specifically, have had it angrily explained to me- that my dislike for Murakami has to do with me being an American asshole who can't see through her own cultural imperialism enough to appreciate the way Japanese people like Murakami write novels. I acknowledge all these things.

But at the same time, nothing about this w
I absolutely adored the book upon starting out. It is exquisitely crafted, with each seemingly casual word chosen to illustrate the world into which we have entered. It is a lonely world full of half finished stories, abrupt departures, missed connections and deep silences. "Poor Mr. Wind-Up Bird," lives on an alley with no exits, in a borrowed life that he could never afford to live without the kindness of his uncle. He's just quit his job, as he has no idea of where to go with his life, but is ...more
Pouting Always
Jun 22, 2017 Pouting Always rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Toru Okada recently quit his job at the law office and has been spending his time alone in the house all day while his wife, Kumiko, goes to work. One day while cooking he receives a strange phone call from a women claiming to know him. He can't recognize her voice though and becomes confused by this turn of events. Kumiko is worried because recently their cat disappeared. Usually their cat comes home after a while even though he wanders off and so Toru goes off in search of the cat. On his sear ...more
Feb 01, 2012 Zach rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, hated
This book has received praise from many circles, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Wind-Up Bird was also considered a New York Times Notable Book the year it was published, and it earned Murakami, the author, a serious literary award presented by the Japanese Nobel Prize winning author Kenzaburo Oe. To top it off, most of the reviews on Goodreads are filled to bursting with lavish praise for both Murakami and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. But, less than ...more
Jan 03, 2011 Fabian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Only like 10 books or so in this world could be made of actual MAGIC. They are entities so far out of this world they indeed resemble pariahs, belonging to their own orbit & following their own sets of rules that it is your utmost privilege to read them, to find out for yourself why it is that they stick to the collective psyche of the entire literati!!

This profound take on life & reality is so complex, so incredibly well-orchestrated, thought-out... a new one for the list of Tops. The m
Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
Αυτός ο ταλαντούχος συγγραφέας ειναι σίγουρα ένας σύγχρονος παραμυθάς της Ανατολής. Ξέρει να στήνει με την πένα του σκηνικά και εικόνες φανταστικά πραγματικές απο τις οποίες αποκλειεται να μην μαγευτείς ή να μην παρασυρθείς στη γοητεία της αφήγησης του.
Χωρις αμφιβολία απολαυστικό και ενδιαφέρον μυθιστόρημα "διαλογισμού" θα το χαρακτήριζα.

Ο κύριος "κουρδιστό πουλί" (ήρωας και αφηγητής)χάνει ξαφνικά τη σύζυγο του η οποια εξαφανίζεται μυστηριωδώς αλλα δεν αποσαφηνίζεται (όπως και πολλα αλλα) αν τ
Ian "Marvin" Grayejoy
Original Review: February 22, 2011

Songs of Fascination

Murakami sings to me of fascination. I still haven't worked out why.

I could analyse the sensation until it died on the operating table.

Or I could focus on just keeping the sensation alive.

Or, somewhere in between, I could speculate that it's because Murakami sits over the top of modern culture like a thin gossamer web, intersecting with and touching everything ever so lightly, subtly expropriating what he needs, bringing it back to his writer
J.L.   Sutton
Dec 12, 2016 J.L. Sutton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m a big fan of Haruki Murakami. When you pick up one of his novels, you’re never completely sure where you’ll end up. This is definitely true of the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle! It starts as sort of a detective story in which Toru Okada searches for his wife’s missing cat in their Tokyo suburb. After that, it’s really difficult to say what the book is about. Did the search for the cat trigger all the craziness that swirls around Toru or had everything already been set in motion? And if Toru’s desce ...more
Dan Schwent
May 02, 2011 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Jobless, Toru Okada spends most of his days searching for his missing cat. Until his wife goes missing as well. Why did she leave? Did she ever love him? And can Toru navigate an ocean of strangeness to get her back?

Back when I first joined Goodreads, one of the first things I noticed was how a novel I'd never heard of, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, got so much praise from Goodreaders. Was it hype? Or worse, was it just hipster bullshit? You know what I'm talking about. "I only read novels that ha
If I were to use only one word to describe this book, I would type the word 'brilliant' a million times with each letter in CAPITALS and fill up the entire word length of this particular space.

In all its sensitivity, emotional depth and keen understanding of the complications of the human mind The Wind Up Bird Chronicle is a stellar work of literature and a tour de force. I cannot go ahead and say it is Murakami's magnum opus (it is not his longest novel), since I haven't finished with all his t
Seth T.
Apr 10, 2008 Seth T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone smarter than a bag of hammers
Shelves: bookclub
Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is actually probably the best novel I've read in a long time. Granted, many of the novels I've read over the last two years have not been spectacular. There was The Lovely Bones. And then The Ass and the Angel. And then His Dark Materials. And others, none of which I would recommend spending any time with.

Wind-Up Bird on the other hand was worth every moment spent burning through its 610 pages. It was mysterious, absorbing, and informative. Murakami writes i
Dec 31, 2014 Madeline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-list
I wanted to like this book more than I actually did.

The storytelling is great, and even if I had issues with some of the characters (okay, all of the female characters), they all managed to be consistently compelling. But I just couldn't get into this one. The story, while interesting, sort of meandered around and by the end, it seems to have forgotten where it was trying to go in the first place. Murakami starts plot points, presents us with new mysteries and characters, and then he gets distr
Franco  Santos
Apr 16, 2015 Franco Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Franco by: Vero
No voy a hacer una reseña larga. Cuesta hacerla cuando un libro te deja en una especie de deriva mental.

Mi primer libro de Murakami fue Tokio Blues, y lo aborrecí. No me gustó. Sin embargo, me decían que no era el mejor de él y que debería leer Crónica del pájaro que da cuerda al mundo. Bueno, aquí estoy, escribiendo esto, a punto de decir lo mucho que me gustó y lo bien que reivindicó la imagen que tenía yo de este autor.

Esta obra, aunque extensa, no se me hizo eterna en ningún momento. Quería
Sep 16, 2007 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So before long, you find yourself 340 pages into this book, and you have no idea what's happening.. Rather, you understand all you have read to this point, but still can't determine the direction Murakami is taking you in.

Still, the book is compelling. You can't seem to put it down. Meanwhile it begins to invade your dreams.. in much the same manner that Toru's (the main character) dreams are invaded. You start having dreams about strange women and empty wells.

So cracking into "Book Three", I'
Mar 24, 2011 William1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan, translation, 20-ce
I adore this book and wish I could carry my enthusiasm for it to Murakami's other works. But in contrast to Wind-Up Bird Chroncle, those I've read disappoint. (Kafka On the Shore devolved into some wretchedly bad writing after the first half. Or was it wretchedly bad translation?) Anyway, I have read Wind-Up Bird twice and will read it again. My favorite part is the sequence set during World War II near the Khalkha River in Outer Mongolia. This is Lieutenant Mamiya's tale of a daring special op ...more
Apr 26, 2017 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Concedo, por lo menos, que hay dos estados distintos en mi existencia mental: el estado de razón lúcida, que no puede discutirse y pertenece a la memoria de los sucesos de la primera época de mi vida, y un estado de sombra y duda, que pertenece al presente y a los recuerdos que constituyen la segunda era de mi existencia. Por eso, creed lo que contaré del primer período, y, a lo que pueda relatar del último, conceded tan sólo el crédito que merezca; o dudad resueltamente, y, si no podéis dudar, ...more
Jan 29, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think the phrase is “drunk reviewing.” Goodreaders I’ve seen tipple and type often have great success connecting to an audience. I can’t seem to scare up relevant examples, but I figure some of my friends more up on quaff-and-comment mode can help me with that. Imbibing reviewers are liable to say anything. It’s less formulaic. Plus, some previously guarded opinion may slip out. In vino veritas, right? The relevance of this to me is to ask a related question: Can it be said, in the same vein, ...more
Sep 24, 2011 s.penkevich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is LOST done by the Japanese. This book will blow your face off, or skin it off if you are as unlucky as certain characters, and you will love it for it. Murakami delivers a page turner of a novel that starts innocently with a man looking for his cat after getting sex-ed up on the phone while boiling some spaghetti and quickly drops you down a crazy well of crazed politicians, dream women, dream worlds, WWII horror stories and rich secret corporations. I can't believe this isn't an anime by ...more
"Know what's weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change. But pretty soon, everything's different.”

Few pages into The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, and this is the very first thought that struck me. If you haven’t read Murakami before, then this book presents itself as a perfect example of what constitutes this great story-teller style. His world would be completely different from that of yours or what you can imagine. It doesn’t know any boundaries between real and surreal, and it might propel you to
Andrew Smith
Sep 15, 2013 Andrew Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read quite a few of Murakami’s books in the past two years and it’s now caused me to reflect on my feelings about this one, which I worked my way through in late summer 2013.

Beware; it is a weighty and sometimes complex piece. The story follows Toru Okada, a young man whose life is in the doldrums: he has no job, very little ambition, his wife has left him and now his cat has gone missing. In searching for his cat he wonders up and down a closed lane bordering his house and at one point fi
Ahmad Sharabiani
Nejimaki-dori kuronikuru = The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دوازدهم ماه فوریه سال 2016 میلادی
عنوان: سرگذشت پرنده کوکی؛ نویسنده: هاروکی موراکامی؛ مترجم: شبنم سعادت؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، افراز، 1389، در 800 ص، شابک: 9789642433063؛ کتاب از متن عنوان انگلیسی به فارسی برگردانده شده
سرگذشت پرنده کوکی درباره مردی بیکار به نام تورو اوکادا است. اما سلسله ای از اتفاقات نمایان میکند که زندگی ساده و خسته کننده او بسیار پیچیده تر از چیزی است که به نظر میرسد
ا. شربیانی
Nov 28, 2007 Mariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I forgot
Recommended to Mariel by: the unbearable restlessness of being
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle gave my brother nightmares. I think it gave me everlasting daymares, and an incurable restless feeling. Something I love about Murakami is the you-can-tell-them-anything voice of the narrator. I wish I had that. Well, my twin and brother are both Murakami fans and my friends too. It's not like I'll get the total blank lamp post look if I ever find the right words to say (hopefully...). Um, maybe I mean it's that something missing in me I miss. I feel restless 'cause I ...more
Update December 6. Just some minor corrections.

5 stars couldn't even begin to describe how I felt about The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Damn, even the whole bunch of stars on a moonless summer night wouldn't be enough to rate this masterpiece.
During the first half I kept having this claustrophobic sensation. It was something between David Lynch and Silent Hill: The Room. Like the hero, I felt trapped in a place that lies right at the borders of reality. Now in, now out.
Up to the 2/3rds of the second
Jun 24, 2017 7jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toru Okada and his wife Kumiko's cat has gone missing, and he goes in search for it in a closed alley. Soon after Okada receives a mysterious inheritance from his wife's family's seer, Kumiko goes missing. This begins a strange journey that doesn't always happen in this world, and takes Okada in strange places even on this side of universe - new people, new job, new opportunities, new dangers. But in all this, his deepest desire is to find his way to his wife, and to know why she disappeared.

Erika Jo
Jun 20, 2007 Erika Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book jacket recommends The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle as "dreamlike and compelling" which I initially understood as cliche review talk. But several hundreds of pages in, I realized I really did felt compelled to read it, compelled during work, compelled on the subway, compelled during any free moment at home.

As a Chronicle, and a meta-aware one at that, part of the compulsion results from not knowing what the hell will happen next. In three "books", a chronological recording of daily events sli
Jr Bacdayan
Oct 05, 2014 Jr Bacdayan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There was a lunar eclipse tonight. As the moon was consumed by the earth’s shadow, I was consumed by this feeling of pain. Not the physical type of pain, but for lack of a better word a ‘spiritual’ pain that brought suffering to both the mental and the emotional. I was at the local starbucks reading amidst a sea of strangers. I didn’t know what to do. I felt this surging stab that I was losing something so important, that I was losing grip of a part of myself. In reality all that was happening w ...more
Kristin Myrtle
How can I put into words the magnificence of this book?! I CAN'T! But I'll tell you what, I'm gonna find an old abandoned well and crawl to the bottom, and then I'm gonna sit there for three days with nothing to eat and only water to drink and all I'm gonna do is think about The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and how it is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read, how I want to read it again right now, how it moved me to tears on numerous occasions, how it's evocative prose sucked me in and held ...more
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Murakami Haruki (Japanese: 村上 春樹) is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator. His work has been described as 'easily accessible, yet profoundly complex'. He can be located on Facebook at:

Since childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature. He grew up reading a range of works by Am
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