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New Meetup: Hip and Well Read: The Wind Up Bird Chronicle Part 2

From: Michelle
Sent on: Thursday, October 28, 2010 3:05 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Hip & Well Read!

What: Hip and Well Read: The Wind Up Bird Chronicle Part 2

When: Wednesday, December 1,[masked]:30 PM

Price: $2.00 per person

Where: Dark Horse Pub
421 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Hey Hipsters and Bibliophiles,

The first meetup for this book filled up fast. So here is a secondary meetup so everyone has a chance to attend.

For our November meetup, by your vote, we will be reading The Wind Up Bird Chroniclel by Haruki Murakami.

The Wind Up Bird Chroniclel by Haruki Murakami.

Bad things come in threes for Toru Okada. He loses his job, his cat disappears, and then his wife fails to return from work. His search for his wife (and his cat) introduces him to a bizarre collection of characters, including two psychic sisters, a possibly unbalanced teenager, an old soldier who witnessed the massacres on the Chinese mainland at the beginning of the Second World War, and a very shady politician.
Haruki Murakami is a master of subtly disturbing prose. Mundane events throb with menace, while the bizarre is accepted without comment. Meaning always seems to be just out of reach, for the reader as well as for the characters, yet one is drawn inexorably into a mystery that may have no solution. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is an extended meditation on themes that appear throughout Murakami's earlier work. The tropes of popular culture, movies, music, detective stories, combine to create a work that explores both the surface and the hidden depths of Japanese society at the end of the 20th century.
If it were possible to isolate one theme in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, that theme would be responsibility. The atrocities committed by the Japanese army in China keep rising to the surface like a repressed memory, and Toru Okada himself is compelled by events to take responsibility for his actions and struggle with his essentially passive nature. If Toru is supposed to be a Japanese Everyman, steeped as he is in Western popular culture and ignorant of the secret history of his own nation, this novel paints a bleak picture. Like the winding up of the titular bird, Murakami slowly twists the gossamer threads of his story into something of considerable weight.

I had no problems finding this at the local independent bookstore.

The Wind Up Bird Chronicle is available on, however, I encourage you all to support your local independent book store or library:
City Paper's List of Independent Bookstores
Google Map/Listing of Independent Bookstores in Philly

You will notice that that if you RSVP "Yes," you'll be charged to attend. This is to help me cover my costs as Organizer and reduce the number of no-shows we have at meetings. Please keep in mind I'm only giving refunds if the meeting is canceled or rescheduled, not if you change your mind about attending.

Thinking about coming when the Meetup is FULL? Read/click here.

Happy Reading!


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