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Publisher Description

Toru Okada's cat has disappeared.

His wife is growing more distant every day.

Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has recently been receiving.

As this compelling story unfolds, the tidy suburban realities of Okada's vague and blameless life, spent cooking, reading, listening to jazz and opera and drinking beer at the kitchen table, are turned inside out, and he embarks on a bizarre journey, guided (however obscurely) by a succession of characters, each with a tale to tell.

'Visionary...a bold and generous book' New York Times

'Murakami weaves textured layers of reality into a shot-silk garment of deceptive beauty' Independent on Sunday

'Deeply philosophical and teasingly perplexing, it is impossible to put down' Daily Telegraph

'Mesmerising, surreal, this really is the work of a true original' The Times

Fiction & Literature
October 10
Random House

Customer Reviews

JTurville ,


I loved this book. Why did I give it 5 stars? Why do I feel compelled to write my first review?
Well- it's a great story for a start. Interlaced with this story is a gripping educational tale from Japan's history. However the magic lies underneath these two tales - Murakami introduces the reader to some spiritual concepts that are a way of life for many Japanese. He achieves this in such a way that without lectures or any particular religious references, you are left with an understanding how a different approach to life may give you many benefits for years to come.
For a book to have achieved all of that, I think it deserves 5 stars and I wrote this review in the hope that if just one person picks this up and experiences the benefits of the hidden spiritual insights, then it has been worthwhile.

procrastinator_painter ,

The wind up bird chronicle

This book (as with 1Q84) made me question the nature of reality. The way Murakami draws you into a seemingly normal narrative and then makes you see the world through a new set of eyes is awe inspiring. It's the kind of book I wish I could delete from my memory so that I could discover it all over again. Now I've finished there is a void, what can I possibly read next that could compare.....

Max Zahariadis ,

What a journey

I took this book with me to Japan. I travelled the streets of Tokyo and Kyoto for weeks, and all the while my mind travelled in Murakami's world.

This book had a strong effect on me. I couldn't help but surrender to the author's capable prose (which says a lot about the quality of translation too).

The book's strength is unquestionable. Sit back and enjoy the journey.

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