My love affair with Murakami continues with The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle chosen because I came across it in a second-hand book store. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle tells the story of Toru Okada. He has lost his cat, his wife is acting strange and he starts receiving absurd, explicit phone calls. This is Murakami at his weirdest and wildest.
I do have to admit this was not my favourite Murakami read. I found it a little too long and meandering. After finishing it I was left feeling like I lost the meaning of the story. I did enjoy many aspects of this novel. The characters were fascinating, they all had such potential and yet they would appear, play their role and disappear, never to be seen again. I loved all the side stories. I found them vivid and engaging and just wanted more.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is full of your typical Murakami quirks. Cats, cooking, awkward sexual dreams, it is all there. I really do wish I could have loved it but ultimately I was left feeling like I missed the point (very likely). This hasn’t, however, dampened my enthusiasm for Murakami so it is on to the next one, which will be Norwegian Wood, already on my out of control pile. I give The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle three wind-up birds.