The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Summary

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a tour de force—and one of Haruki Murakami’s most acclaimed and beloved novels.

In a Tokyo suburb, a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife’s missing cat—and then for his wife as well—in a netherworld beneath the city’s placid surface. As these searches intersect, he encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists. Gripping, prophetic, and suffused with comedy and menace, this is an astonishingly imaginative detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets from Japan’s forgotten campaign in Manchuria during World War II.

Book Reviews


Literally my favorite book!5 star

This book is beautifully written. I love how this book allows you to connect emotionally to the characters and story as you read along. It’s such a great book! I couldn’t put it down. It has become my all time favorite book. I recommend to literally everyone.55


The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle5 star

I felt like I inhabited this book, I was sad when it came to an end. It had so much texture, color and emotion. The characters are so well formed that I knew them as individuals with all their quirks and idiosyncrasies. It’s a book that transports you to another place and allows the reader an individual interpretation.55


wow5 star

I just finished this book. It 's difficult to describe. Take the ride! Wow55


Best book I've ever read!!5 star

Everything about this book is just absolutely amazing.55


A surreal masterpiece5 star

This has to be the best book I have ever read. So much is going on in this book and it always keeps you on your toes. Murakami is a great writer that can turn any topic into something surreal and out of this world. I couldn't wait to finish reading just so that I could start it all over again. This is an adventure no reader should miss!55


Fantastic5 star

This book will sweep you off your feet and take you on a wild ride through the strange life of Toru Okada. It keeps your mind stimulated and your expectations sky high. What a great book with a great ending! I would definitely give this book a try.55

Auggie's Man

Amazing5 star

Easily one of the most incredible books I've ever read. To describe it would not do it justice. Read this book.55


Read this5 star

I cannot quite articulate how.....but this book was life changing. Murakami manages to take the most mundane event (a man eating spaghetti and looking for his lost cat) into something so unbelievable and compelling. This book made laugh, cry and think. Highly recommended. Please read this book.55

Jerome McLeod

Enchanting5 star

Mind altering, an experience that's worth the time it takes to actually understand this book.55


Unbeatable!5 star

Dreamlike, elegant and brutal, this is by far Murakami at his best! Both easy to follow and enjoy, while at the same time deeply spiritual and intellectually satisfying. At first glance, a hard-boiled mystery, later revealed as interwoven ghost story, tale of betrayal, history of Japan's campaign in Manchuria, evil political ideals and the search for a lost cat. Easily one of the best novels I have ever read. Highly recommended!55

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