Thursday, April 15, 2010

Japanese Literature Read-Along: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: Book 2

This month, the Japanese Literature Read-Along group, led by Tanabata, read Book Two of Haruki Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.  You can read my thoughts on Book One here.  I have a notoriously bad memory for books so I was surprised to find this one very easy to pick back up this month.

Book Two definitely feels like the middle of a book.  We rejoin Toru Okada, the unemployed main character of the story, as he encounters various mysterious characters and family members.  I don't believe there were any new characters introduced in this section of the book.  There was very little resolved and even more plot lines opened up.  I still felt that everything seemed purposeful but the book started to veer more into the realm of the supernatural and it was a bit strange.

I can't wait to finish this novel next month.  I have no idea where it is going but I'm hoping for the best for Okada.  He's a unique character.

I will be discussing this more today at In Spring It Is The Dawn.

Missing the sound of the wind-up bird,

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  1. Oooo. I'm intrigued by this. Sounds good. I'll need a new book soon...

  2. I'm glad you're still reading along, and enjoying it. I can't wait to finish it next month too!
    You mention that Book Two feels very much like the middle of a book. I'd be curious to know your response to one of the questions related to that on the discussion post. :)

  3. I've never read this author before, but I think this (or the one about the Japanese subway terrorist bombing) would be at the top of my list! I have never read Japanese books before, but generally, I really like Japanese visual art, and so I feel like I would like the written art as well.