By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin
Japan's such a lot very popular novelist now vaults into the 1st ranks of overseas fiction writers with this heroically ingenious novel, that's right now a detective tale, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets and techniques of worldwide battle II.
In a Tokyo suburb a tender guy named Toru Okada searches for his wife's lacking cat. Soon he unearths himself trying to find his spouse in addition in a netherworld that lies underneath the placid floor of Tokyo. As those searches intersect, Okada encounters a weird and wonderful staff of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent but mediagenic baby-kisser; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an getting older battle veteran who has been completely replaced through the hideous issues he witnessed in the course of Japan's forgotten crusade in Manchuria.
Gripping, prophetic, suffused with comedy and threat, The Wind-Up poultry Chronicle is a journey de strength equivalent in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon.
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