Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami

It feels like I've been reading it for about twenty years, but it's actually only been about three weeks. I need to debrief!

This is the first Murakami book I've read, and definitely won't be the last. But to explain why is difficult. As an experience, this book is like watching a David Lynch film - it makes perfect sense until you try and explain it to someone. It's certainly not for everyone. Plot-wise, not a lot happens (a cat goes missing and turns up again). I found it deeply unsettling to read, especially the part in Mongolia. The copy I read (Vintage) was advertising it as a pair with Alice in Wonderland, which is a fair comaparison. It's like going down the rabbit-hole, but for adults. Except in this case it's a well. And it's infinitely more terrifying.


Chris David Richards said...

I haven't read this one but I can recommend A Wild Sheep Chase. It has a sheep that tries to rule the world.