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"Wind Up Bird Chronicle" by Haruki Murakami

3 books all rolled into one; another lengthy book for you that I'm really looking forward to. A couple of years ago when we read Murakami's "Norwegian Wood", we had one of our largest turnouts for our meetings. I've heard nothing but rave reviews about all of Murakami's work, so my expectations are high! Read the book and come to the meet up to see if this modern author deserves the timeless fame of his heavy weight predecessors.

Here's a short synopsis from Good Reads:

Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II.

In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan's forgotten campaign in Manchuria.

Gripping, prophetic, suffused with comedy and menace, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a tour de force equal in scope to the masterpieces of Mishima and Pynchon.

Three books in one volume: The Thieving Magpie, Bird as Prophet, The Birdcatcher. This translation by Jay Rubin is in collaboration with the author.

New to the Hungry Hundred Book Club?  Here's what you need to know:

1. Read the book (If you don't manage to finish it by the meetup date, don't worry.  As long as you're not going to be too disappointed by spoilers, you're still welcome to join.)

2. Come to the meeting, always on the last Sunday of every month

3. Be prepared to order food/drink at the venue (where ever that may be) to show our appreciation for letting us use their space

4. Discuss!  It's a casual conversation, so don't be afraid to ask questions and let us know what you think.

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  • Feng

    Illuminating and an enjoyable discussion. Nice meeting all of you. Thanks bunch Rachel!


    April 28, 2014

  • Lilie

    hi am otw.vil.reach in 15 mins, c u Lilie

    April 27, 2014

  • Assad F.

    I was really looking forward to this but now can't make it either. Apologies for the late notice.

    April 27, 2014

  • Yasotha

    Sorry abt the late notice but something came up. Can't make it this time.

    April 27, 2014

  • Khairul A.

    Hi everyone. Just as much as I'd like to go, I got something coming up. Looking forward to meeting you next time :) Have fun!

    April 26, 2014

  • Jacinta Mary P.

    Sorry, under the weather. See you next time.

    April 26, 2014

  • Rachel

    Also, I forgot to mention that it closes at 9pm, so we'll be starting the actual introductions/discussion at 7:15 sharp. If you can, try to get there a little earlier to give everyone enough time to get their orders in and served. However, as always, if you're running late you're still welcome to sneak in any time. :)

    April 25, 2014

  • Rachel

    Hi, we'll try out The Loft Cafe this time, a breakfast place near China Town. Please note that there is a minimum order:

    Option 1 ($8.90++)
    Ice lemon tea or ice honey lemon
    Two pieces of pancake

    Option 2 (9.9++)
    Cappuccino or Latte
    Two pieces of pancake

    If you're feeling hungrier, you can order a main course instead, on which they'll give us a 10% discount. Here's the menu in case you want to check it out:
    So please come prepared!

    April 25, 2014

  • Rachel

    Hi everyone, just to let you know I'm still working out the details on the venue. With such a large group it's a bit tricky. The place I wanted, a french/japanese cafe with an upstairs room that even has a bird cage painted on the wall (how fitting would that have been??), insists on a rental fee plus a catered buffet. Obviously we won't be meeting there, but it looks like the best I'll be able to do is somewhere with a minimum $10 spend per person. Just a heads up!

    Oh yeah, and please be sure to update your rsvp!

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Jochy

    I seemed to have the missed the info on the venue. Where shall we be meeting? Thanks!

    April 21, 2014

    • Rachel

      Still waiting on confirmation in the venue, with such a big group the cafe I want to have it at wants to charge us to rent out the whole space, keep your fingers crossed that they'll let us take it over for free!

      April 21, 2014

    • Jochy

      Thanks Rachel!

      April 21, 2014

  • cordycord

    All hyped up to hear what you all have to say about this book! Can't wait! I read this book sometime last year, so would need to review it again before the meetup.

    March 18, 2014

  • Joan

    Looking fwd to meet all. I had not finished reading it. just almost 1/2

    March 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first meeting, looking forward to meeting up

    March 15, 2014

  • Steve

    Love to read, but haven't really had anyone to talk to about most books! Love this one.

    February 22, 2014

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