Haruki Murakami has a knack for coming up with mysterious concepts and weird but fascinating characters, but in this particular book, I felt like the plot — despite being full of interesting things — was all over the place, as if he had no idea what he was writing about and only penned random (but awesome) ideas on the page. The Wind-Up Bird is still among the more fascinating books I’ve read, but I had a hard time getting invested in the personal struggle of the characters when it felt kind of, well, random and inconsequential half of the time.
|Crisp, flowing prose||The plot has trouble deciding where it wants to go and keeps jumping all over the place|
|Mysterious, surreal atmosphere||The mini-stories of the side-characters end up more interesting than the main plot|
|Fascinating, mysterious characters|
|Interesting story full of mysteries|
|Enlightening on Japanese culture|
|Enlightening on the World War from Japanese side|