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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Jay Rubin, Haruki Murakami Considered Murakami's first epic "in pursuit of a Nobel," Wind-Up Bird Chronicle takes the crowd-pleasing realism of Norwegian Wood and adds the historical sensibility of Western literature, to end up with a quirky, quixotic yet eminently readable lengthy epic concerning Japan's expedition to Nomonhan (first Soviet-Japanese clash, for the fate of Mongolia) as well as modern contemporary Japan (complete with requisite interactions with schoolgirl, new religions). the Bird Chronicle fails to achieve the grandeur of Tolstoy, but it manages to say something about historical amnesia, cruelty, ambition, retreat and faint romantic sensibilities to round out a quality work with plenty of word count for the Murakami aficionado.