Murikami’s writing has this strange dream-like quality to it that completely immerses the reader. Reading it is like entering not just a single world, but several parallel worlds at once. His books are weird in the best possible way, a perfect example of magical realism. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle was a beautifully written and complex story.
While the characters are seemingly simple, they show their depth throughout the book. Each of them is strange and unique, playing crucial roles in the story. They tend to show up and vanish without any warning. However, this does not at all hinder the flow of the plot.
Beautiful writing, and character depth allow for stories to emerge within the original story of the book. This allows the story to grow and grow into this massive collection of characters’ lives. Yet still in the end, it is all wrapped up with amazing precision, giving a feeling of wholeness to the book.
Murakami’s intricate writing tends to emphasize the mundane, giving importance to small everyday tasks. While this is stunningly done, and gives the book a cozy, friendly feeling, sometimes it does tend to drag on for a bit too long. Despite this, I completely consumed this book, and plan on reading more of Murikami’s work in the future.