Book Discussion/The Return! (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles)

Alas! I’m finally back! I apologize for my lack of posts, this summer has been quite a busy one. I have been working at a local coffee shop, applying for college, and much more. In addition, I went through a little writing slump. Nonetheless, I was still reading quite a lot, just didn’t quite feel like blogging. However, I’m very excited to be back. My most recent read was an interesting one, Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles. On the cover, one review got my attention saying the book is “dream-like”. I imagined this description in all the wrong ways. I thought it would be Kafkaesque or maybe just pure science fiction. But it was truly “dream-like”. The interesting characters with strange purposes, the constant flashbacks that adds complexities, or the actual dream scenes with many oddities, this is a book unlike any others. It really reminds me of anything David Lynch, it’s quite absurd but not entirely overwhelmingly fictional. However, Murakami isn’t afraid to probe more into human’s desire and thoughts. There is a lot of emotion within each character, and Murakami does a good job of translating their darkest thoughts onto paper. In conclusion, I was really pleasantly surprised with this novel and I look forward to reading more from Murakami.

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