History Literature / TheWindUpBirdChronicle

15th Jul '17 2:54:51 PM nombretomado
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* AuthorTract: A good portion of the work concerns the Japanese occupation of Manchuria (Manchukuo) during the 1930's and WorldWarII. Murakami makes no bones about calling the whole affair out as having been a Very Bad Idea.

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* AuthorTract: A good portion of the work concerns the Japanese occupation of Manchuria (Manchukuo) during the 1930's and WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Murakami makes no bones about calling the whole affair out as having been a Very Bad Idea.
14th Jun '17 6:43:37 PM nombretomado
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** Creta Kano was afflicted with chronic, inexplicable pain all over her entire body from the time she was a child. When she was 18, she had given up on it ever going away and tried to commit suicide by crashing her father's car into a concrete wall. She failed and escaped with only minor injuries and the pain miraculously went away, only to be replaced by absolute numbness to almost all physical sensation. To pay off the debts she had incurred for destroying the car, she turned to prostitution, and was eventually kidnapped, raped, and pressed into service by TheYakuza. While working as a prostitute, she was raped by Noboru Wataya.

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** Creta Kano was afflicted with chronic, inexplicable pain all over her entire body from the time she was a child. When she was 18, she had given up on it ever going away and tried to commit suicide by crashing her father's car into a concrete wall. She failed and escaped with only minor injuries and the pain miraculously went away, only to be replaced by absolute numbness to almost all physical sensation. To pay off the debts she had incurred for destroying the car, she turned to prostitution, and was eventually kidnapped, raped, and pressed into service by TheYakuza.the {{Yakuza}}. While working as a prostitute, she was raped by Noboru Wataya.
17th Mar '17 3:19:20 PM SinNanna
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* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: Somehow, Creta Kano looks almost exactly like Kumiko.
20th Jan '17 4:32:35 PM SinNanna
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* CoolOldGuy: Lieutenant Mamiya, who is unfailingly polite and respectful to everyone, but carries a lot of trauma from the things he saw at war.

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* CoolOldGuy: Lieutenant Mamiya, who is unfailingly polite and respectful to everyone, but carries a lot of trauma from the things he saw at war. Mr. Honda, his old war buddy, also qualifies.



* TheEveryman: Toru, which is commented on by both May Kasahara and Noboru Wataya.



* PsychicPowers: Mr. Honda and Malta Kano both have precognitive abilities, while Creta Kano is capable of some form of AstralProjection.



** Lieutenant Mamiya was stationed in Japanese occupied Manchuria in World War II. While on a secret assignment escorting Yamamoto, a member of Japan's intelligence service, into enemy Soviet/Mongolian territory, they were captured by enemy soldiers, stripped naked, and interrogated. When Yamamoto refused to yield valuable information to Boris the Manskinner, the Soviet agent commanding the Mongolians, he was skinned alive while Mamiya watched. After this, Mamiya willingly threw himself [[ArcSymbol into a well]] to avoid being shot, and spent several days down there freezing, starving, and in pain from his broken bones. He only survived due to the help of one of his comrades who escaped the Mongolians. After the war, he was captured and spent over a decade in a gulag in Siberia, where he saw many more horrific things that continue to haunt him. In the present day he says he's an EmptyShell just waiting around to die, and that he feels he really died back in the well in Mongolia.

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** Lieutenant Mamiya was stationed in Japanese occupied Manchuria in World War II. While on a secret assignment escorting Yamamoto, a member of Japan's intelligence service, into enemy Soviet/Mongolian territory, they were captured by enemy soldiers, stripped naked, and interrogated. When Yamamoto refused to yield valuable information to Boris the Manskinner, the Soviet agent commanding the Mongolians, he was skinned alive while Mamiya watched. After this, Mamiya willingly threw himself [[ArcSymbol into a well]] to avoid being shot, and spent several days down there freezing, starving, and in pain from his broken bones. He only survived due to the help of one of his comrades who because Mr. Honda has escaped the Mongolians.Mongolians and returned to rescue him. After the war, he was captured and spent over a decade in a gulag in Siberia, where he saw many more horrific things that continue to haunt him. In the present day he says he's an EmptyShell just waiting around to die, and that he feels he really died back in the well in Mongolia.
20th Jan '17 4:25:12 PM SinNanna
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* ArchEnemy: Toru and Noboru dislike each other from the outset, but over the course of the novel they come to absolutely ''despise'' each other.



* BittersweetEnding:[[spoiler:Toru finds peace with himself to some degree, but Kumiko murders Noboru and ends up in jail, separating the two from each other permanently.]]

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* BittersweetEnding:[[spoiler:Toru BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Toru finds peace with himself to some degree, but Kumiko murders Noboru and ends up in jail, separating the two from each other permanently.permanently. On the other hand, because the death was ruled a MercyKill, she gets a reduced sentence, thus leaving the possibility that they may be reunited in the future.]]


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* YouCantFightFate: A recurring theme, symbolized by the wind-up bird. For example, in the middle of World War II, it was foretold to Mamiya by Mr. Honda that he would die back in Japan as an old man. After this, despite becoming a DeathSeeker and deliberately throwing himself into suicide missions where he absolutely should have died, he survived the entire war and returned home.
20th Jan '17 4:17:12 PM SinNanna
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''The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle'' (Japanese: ねじまき鳥クロニクル, ''Nejimaki-dori Kuronikuru'') is a novel by Creator/HarukiMurakami. One of his most critically acclaimed and popular works, it opens with the life of Toru Okada, currently unemployed, and his marriage to his wife, Kumiko. One day their cat goes missing. It was first published in three parts during 1994-1995.

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''The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle'' (Japanese: ねじまき鳥クロニクル, ''Nejimaki-dori Kuronikuru'') is a novel by Creator/HarukiMurakami. One of his most critically acclaimed and popular works, it opens with the life of Toru Okada, currently unemployed, and his marriage to his wife, Kumiko. One day their cat goes missing.missing, sparking a series of increasingly bizarre events that leads to the unraveling of their marriage. It was first published in three parts during 1994-1995.



* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Baseball Bat]]

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* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Baseball Bat]]Bat]]: The baseball bat Toru takes from [[spoiler: the guitar guy]] is later used by him to [[spoiler: kill Norboru Wataya in the hotel]].



* TheDogBitesBack: Toru and Kumiko finally get their revenge on Noboru Wataya.

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* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler: Toru and Kumiko finally get their revenge on Noboru Wataya.]]



* TheEighties: It takes place in the mid 1980's, but it doesn't affect the story much.
* EldritchLocation: The hotel, which displays AlienGeometries and can seemingly be accessed only by something resembling AstralProjection.



* {{Gonk}}: Ushikawa. Toru describes him as the ugliest person he's ever seen in his life.



* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Kumiko leaves Toru fairly early on in the book and is never seen in person thereafter. They do talk to each other over the computer at one point and it's heavily implied that she's the woman in the hotel, though]].
** May Kasahara leaves for a boarding school about halfway through and is gone until the epilogue. Subverted in that she continues sending letters to Toru updating him on her situation. [[spoiler: And then double subverted when it turns out he never receives any of them]].



* StepfordSmiler: Kumiko seems HappilyMarried to Toru on the surface, but she has a host of psychological issues that stem from her awful childhood that eventually cause her to [[spoiler: leave Toru]].
* SympatheticAdulterer: [[spoiler: Kumiko cheats on Toru with ''a number'' of men after running away, apparently even contracting a venereal disease in the process, but her actions were the result of a psychological breakdown brought on by a crippling inferiority complex that she's had since childhood. Toru also counts when he sleeps with Creta Kano, as it was at her insistence and he did it because he felt sympathy for Creta after hearing about what a horrible life she's had]].



* VillainousIncest: [[spoiler: Noboru Wataya lusted after his older sister and is implied to do the same for Kumiko]].



* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Kumiko's parents were never satisfied with her, and constantly compared her to her sister, even forcing her to play the piano like her sister used to before she died. [[spoiler: This is the direct cause for her crippling inferiority complex, which is later manipulated by Noburu.]]

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* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Kumiko's parents were never satisfied with her, and constantly compared her to her sister, even forcing her to play the piano like her sister used to before she died. [[spoiler: This is the direct cause for her crippling inferiority complex, which is later manipulated by Noburu.]]Noboru.]]
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: May Kasahara thinks some pretty deep thoughts for a 15 year old.



* YourCheatingHeart: Kumiko informs Toru of her affair with an older man in a DearJohn letter. She later informs him that there were several other men.

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* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: Kumiko informs Toru of her affair with an older man in a DearJohn letter. She later informs him that there were several other men.]]
20th Jan '17 3:36:58 PM SinNanna
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* TheAce: Cinnamon is good at pretty much everything, ranging from housekeeping to advanced computer programming, and is a borderline {{Omniglot}} to boot. He can't talk, but even that's not much of a handicap because people can somehow understand everything he says anyway.



* AuthorAppeal: Apparently, the author has quite a thing for wells and classical music.

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* ArcSymbol: A few, including wells, water, and the wind-up bird itself.
* AuthorAppeal: Apparently, the author has quite a thing for wells and classical music. It's also pretty clear that he really loves cats.



* BigBad: [[spoiler: Noboru Wataya... [[MindScrew maybe]].]]



* CoolOldGuy: Lieutenant Mamiya, who is unfailingly polite and respectful to everyone, but carries a lot of trauma from the things he saw at war.



* DoorStopper
* DreamSequence

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* DoorStopper
DoorStopper: The English translation's a good 600 pages, and the original Japanese version is even longer.
* DreamSequenceDreamSequence: Quite a few, and they're all ''really'' weird.
* EmptyShell: Mamiya says he became this after being thrown down a well in Mongolia and spending several days starving and alone.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: the woman who calls Toru for phone sex knows a LOT about him.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: the The woman who calls Toru for phone sex knows a LOT about him.



* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Sadly subverted.

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* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Sadly subverted.subverted, both with Kumiko and Creta Kano. [[spoiler: Kumiko is unable to enjoy sex with Toru due to deep-seeded emotional issues from her troubled childhood, while Creta Kano was literally physically incapable of feeling any physical sensations, including sexual pleasure, due to some sort of unexplained "curse".]]



* TheGulag: Mamiya spent a long time in one after being captured in the closing days of World War II. It's exactly as horrible in this novel as they were in real life.



* ShellShockedVeteran: He doesn't show it much, but Mamiya is seriously haunted by the things he saw in World War II.
* ShownTheirWork: The sections concerning World War II and the Soviet gulag system are incredibly well researched.
* SickbedSlaying: [[spoiler: How Kumiko finishes off Noboru Wataya after Toru kills his spiritual form in the hotel. She's able to disguise it as a MercyKill because he had a stroke and was not expected to wake up, and thus gets a reduced jail sentence for it]].



* TraumaCongaLine: Both Mamiya and Creta Kano have more or less endured ''lifelong'' ones.
** Lieutenant Mamiya was stationed in Japanese occupied Manchuria in World War II. While on a secret assignment escorting Yamamoto, a member of Japan's intelligence service, into enemy Soviet/Mongolian territory, they were captured by enemy soldiers, stripped naked, and interrogated. When Yamamoto refused to yield valuable information to Boris the Manskinner, the Soviet agent commanding the Mongolians, he was skinned alive while Mamiya watched. After this, Mamiya willingly threw himself [[ArcSymbol into a well]] to avoid being shot, and spent several days down there freezing, starving, and in pain from his broken bones. He only survived due to the help of one of his comrades who escaped the Mongolians. After the war, he was captured and spent over a decade in a gulag in Siberia, where he saw many more horrific things that continue to haunt him. In the present day he says he's an EmptyShell just waiting around to die, and that he feels he really died back in the well in Mongolia.
** Creta Kano was afflicted with chronic, inexplicable pain all over her entire body from the time she was a child. When she was 18, she had given up on it ever going away and tried to commit suicide by crashing her father's car into a concrete wall. She failed and escaped with only minor injuries and the pain miraculously went away, only to be replaced by absolute numbness to almost all physical sensation. To pay off the debts she had incurred for destroying the car, she turned to prostitution, and was eventually kidnapped, raped, and pressed into service by TheYakuza. While working as a prostitute, she was raped by Noboru Wataya.



** Also Lieutenant Mamiya which is where Toru gets the idea.

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** Also Lieutenant Mamiya which is where Toru gets the idea. It was that or be executed on the spot by the Mongolians.
19th Jan '17 7:54:57 AM TychoMagneticAnomaly
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* WorstNewsJudgementEver: The local newspaper seems to put a ridiculous amount of effort into investigating who bought a "haunted" plot of land. The reader knows that [[spoiler:the brother-in-law of a prominent politician bought the house with money from a bizarre, high-class quasi-prostitution ring for mystical purposes]], but the newspaper doesn't.

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* WorstNewsJudgementEver: The local newspaper seems to put a ridiculous amount of effort into investigating who bought a "haunted" plot of land. The reader knows that [[spoiler:the brother-in-law of a prominent politician bought the house with money from a bizarre, high-class quasi-prostitution ring for mystical purposes]], but the newspaper doesn't.doesn't.
*YourCheatingHeart: Kumiko informs Toru of her affair with an older man in a DearJohn letter. She later informs him that there were several other men.
19th Jan '17 7:45:57 AM TychoMagneticAnomaly
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** Toru and Lt. Mamiya also have a fondness for each other.
9th Jan '17 1:22:56 PM Morgenthaler
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'''''The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle''''' (Japanese: ねじまき鳥クロニクル, ''Nejimaki-dori Kuronikuru'') is a novel by Creator/HarukiMurakami. One of his most critically acclaimed and popular works, it opens with the life of Toru Okada, currently unemployed, and his marriage to his wife, Kumiko. One day their cat goes missing. It was first published in three parts during 1994-1995.

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'''''The ''The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle''''' Chronicle'' (Japanese: ねじまき鳥クロニクル, ''Nejimaki-dori Kuronikuru'') is a novel by Creator/HarukiMurakami. One of his most critically acclaimed and popular works, it opens with the life of Toru Okada, currently unemployed, and his marriage to his wife, Kumiko. One day their cat goes missing. It was first published in three parts during 1994-1995.
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