What can be more complicated than a divorce or a break-up? A complicated divorce with much surrealism which can only be imagined by one of the greatest story-tellers of the world- Haruki Murakami.
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle is not really a love story. It starts with a missing cat. Then a medium, Malta Kano, who has an obsession with water, came to help Toru Okada and Kumiko Okada find the missing cat. Then the death of an old fortune-teller who was a former WWII soldier brought about the encounter of the Okadas and Lieutenant Mamiya, who told Toru Okada about his experience and life as a soldier, a story which will be an important background that will give colour and life to the mother and son duo Nutmeg and Cinnamon Akasaka who will help Toru in finding his wife, because at some point, Kumiko ran away, or disappeared, or went into some other dimension of existence and left Toru because she said she doesn’t love him anymore, by the will of Noboru Wataya, a weird politician and brother of Kumiko and the real bad guy of the story, who, for some reason, emanates all evil and malice, and who happened to have defiled/desecrated Creta Kano, the sister of Malta Kano and like her sister, she’s also a medium, who will help Toru have some wet dreams by banging him in his dreams or with the real him in some dimension or some other reality, and she [Creta] will help him, together with Malta, find Kumiko, who is probably being held hostage by Noboru. All throughout the time of his search for Kumiko he will be spending so much time in a well near a cursed apartment, where he would meet his peculiar neighbour, May Kasahara who would be having bizarre conversations with him, like it’s the most introspective and normal part of the story where the surreal and out-of-this-world experiences take place.
So that’s how a break-up can be complicated as told by Haruki Murakami. It’s mind-twisting but very exciting to read. Some parts that are introspective can be a real drag because it is a reasoning of a person in a world that is totally different from the world of normal novels, and our own reality. Whatever. I am not making any sense here anymore. My grammar is even terrible.
But anyway, it’s a great book to read.
“Without a true self, though, a person cannot go on living.”
- from “The Wind-up Bird Chronicle” by Haruki Murakami