Wind-up Bird Chronicle

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Haruki Murakami

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle

Read by Rupert Degas


This title is no longer available to customers from the USA, Canada, Guam, Marshall Islands, Philippine Islands and American Samoa. Distribution rights for these countries have transferred to Random House. Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world come a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden, sisters who are very peculiar indeed, an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds…

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    Running Time: 26 h 07 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-962-954-628-1
    Cat. no.:NAX41812
    CD RRP: $115.98 USD
    Download size:380 MB
    Produced by:Roy McMillan
    Edited by:Adam Helal
    Text:The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle © Shinchose Ltd 1994, 1995; English translation © Haruki Murakami 1997, 1998
    Released:July 2006
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Toru Okada is a friendly, easy-going fellow, but his life is foundering. After quitting his job, he loses his cat, then his wife. Strange people pop inexplicably into his life, complicating his story with their own. Is it possible these mean something? Narrator Rupert Degas juggles this rich layering of stories into a kind of clarity, if not exactly meaning – though meaning is really what Toru and the reader are both after. With its continuously nonplussed tone, Degas’s relaxed acceptance of the story’s ambiguity plays right into Murakami’s hand. Writer and narrator conspire thus to betray the reader’s fondest hopes: easy answers! There are none, after all, but nothing is spoiled by this discovery. Instead, we have Murakami’s most mature exploration of Japan’s war-ravaged past meeting the present.

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