Toru Okada quits his job as a gofer in a Tokyo law firm and stays home to take care of the house while his wife works. Toru and Kumiko have been married for six years. The Okadas have an insular, childless marriage. They live in Tokyo with their cat, Noboru Wataya. Toru's quiet life changes a few days after their cat disappears and he meets an unusual cast of characters who help him explore connections between waking and dreaming, past and present, good and evil.
Shame Histories as Connector of Different Cultures
Themes - The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Books Haruki Murakami. Identity and journey to the self. Toru Okada's journey to find his identity starts as he starts looking for the cat Noboru Wataya. Can you truly know someone?
Quotes from The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
It was written by an intelligent Japanese author named Murakami Haruki. He is a well-respected writer, who wrote this story by using a clear and calm tone. He uses this technique to develop his theme of unbalance that mixes with reality with a fictional plot. To develop the theme, Haruki creates a strong narrator, who tries to maintain his sanity from feeling unbalance.
If cultures are considered unifiable by way of shared stories, it is not inconceivable that cultures may be connected through distinguishable but ultimately similar histories of shame. Using a range of postmodern literary technique, Murakami and Malouf each seek to unearth the buried sense of shame within their respective societies. This essay will first explore the postmodern and historical credentials of each text before continuing onto a joint discussion of the novels as examples of international literature. The narrative follows a slacker, Toru Okada, who repeatedly and through various means manages to slip through time and bear witness to the atrocities committed by the Japanese before and during the second World War. By graphically re-imagining the reality of Japanese brutality through fiction, Murakami makes a highly controversial statement about the need for Japan to confront its shameful past.