The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Why Magic Realism ‘Gets’ Us

I read Murakami in undergrad. Love his work. A lovely introduction to his work and magical realism in general.

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I’ve just finished reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami and can say that it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. I can also say that Murakami is indeed a genius of a writer, just as the praise on the cover of the book suggests. Since it has been a while since I’ve read a book that has this much weight, in this post I’d like to decompress a little and reflect on both the content of the book as well as the techniques that Murakami uses to put so much force behind them.

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Magic realism seems like it’s the perfect genre for the task that Murakami is trying to accomplish. In magic realism, there’s a realistic setting like the name suggests, but there are also very heavy surreal elements which are brought in and not given a clear explanation. For example, there may be a sequence…

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