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