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The Wind-up Bird Chronicle. First US edition cover.

In addition to reducing the word count, some chapters were moved ahead of others, taking them out of the context of the original order.

In the third volume, the computer conversation between Toru and Noboru Wataya Book 3 Chapter 26 and Toru’s encounter with Ushikawa at the train station are also omitted. The first section ends with Lieutenant Mamiya arriving and telling Toru a long tale about his eerie and mystical wartime experiences in Manchukuo in the Kwantung Army where he sees a man skinned alive.

The cat, who has been hardly mentioned following Kumiko’s disappearance, shows up at Toru’s home after nearly a year of being missing. Toru meets the mysterious Malta Kano at a busy hotel restaurant, and she tasks her sister Creta Kano to further the work. The first part, “The Thieving Magpie”, begins with the narrator, Toru Okada, a low-key unemployed lawyer’s assistant, who is tasked by his wife, Kumiko, to find their missing cat.

Toru fights back with the bat and kills the man, before escaping back to the well. He also receives a phone call from Malta Kano who asks to meet with him.

Kumiko sends him a message on the computer to let him know she is alright but intends to kill Noboru by pulling the plug on the life support. Confused, Toru tries several things to calm himself and think through the situation: The Dutch edition, ” De opwindvogelkronieken “, was translated from the Japanese original by Jacques Westerhoven and published in An unknown man enters the hotel room and attacks Toru, the intruder, with a knife.

Birthday Stories The Strange Library Honda, for consultations on a regular basis, which they did for some time. For example, the two missing chapters from the second volume of the original three-volume elaborate on the relationship between Toru Okada and Creta Kano, and a “hearing” of the wind-up bird as Toru burns a box of Kumiko’s belongings Book 2 Chapter At the start of Book 3 the chapters have been rearranged.


Toru discusses Kumiko’s disappearance with Noboru directly and indirectly through his mole Ushikawa and eventually arranges for a talk with her through the Internet, using her recollection of the jellyfish date as a means to verify her identity.

Views Read Edit View history. It was published by Alfaguara in Both sisters wear unusual clothing: The abandoned house is revealed to possibly contain some strange omen, as it had brought bad luck to all of its prior tenants.

A slightly different version of the first chapter translated by Alfred Birnbaum was published in the collection The Elephant Vanishes under the title “The Wind-up Bird and Tuesday’s Women”.

Finally, Toru is able to travel to the hotel room from kronikw well nakreczcza confronts the woman, realizing that she is Kumiko and breaking the spell. Toru says that he will wait for her, and bids May goodbye. Translator Jay Rubin cut about 61 of 1, pages, including three chapters Book 2 Chapters 15, 18, and part of 17; and Book 3 Chapter The well-dressed woman Toru met while people-watching is revealed to be Tpaka, whom he sees again when he reverts to people-watching.

While having a similar personality and background, the character is not related to the one in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle of the same name. He also experiences a dreamlike sequence where he enters a hotel room and speaks with a woman, and notices a strange blue mark on his cheek after he leaves the well. This nkrecacza was last edited on 9 Octoberat The blue mark is involved in this somehow, though it is never really explained.

An adaptation of the novel was created by Stephen Earnhart, a live production of it premiered in at the Edinburgh International Festival.

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Work with May involves tallying up people with some degree of baldness at a subway line for a wig company. Toru is contacted by Lieutenant Mamiya who informs him that his old war buddy corporal Honda has died that he wishes to visit him to drop off an item that Honda had bequeathed to him.

Chapter 17 is not completely removed, instead the excerpt where Toru takes passport photos is removed and the very lengthy conversation Toru has with his uncle about buying real estate is condensed into one English paragraph [9]. The German translation by Giovanni and Ditte Bandini is based on the English translation, not on the Japanese original.


In the well, bruised and unable to move, Toru passes out after the well fills with water. Novels by Haruki Murakami novels novels Japanese magic realism novels Shinchosha books Books with cover art by Chip Kidd Three-volume novels Books about cats.

Book 2 Chapter 18 summary: Malta Kano had come recommended from her brother Noboru Wataya, which is also the name of the cat. Kumiko’s family believes in fortune-telling and had previously stipulated that the couple meet with an elderly man, Mr. While at the bottom of the well of the abandoned houseToru reminisces about earlier times with Kumiko, including their first date nakgecacza an aquarium where they looked at jellyfish. The gift from Honda nzkrecacza an empty box.

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It was limited to 2, copies. It is revealed in this reality that Noboru has been beaten into a coma by a bat, with the assailant described to look just like Toru. This leads him to the realization that the mysterious woman on the phone was actually his wife. Toru receives sexual phone calls from a woman who says she knows him. Through this activity Toru encounters a well-dressed woman and also a singer he recognizes from his past, whom he follows and beats with a bat after getting ambushed by him.

There is also an Italian translation from the original Japanese version by Antonietta Pastore, published by Einaudi, known as ” L’uccello che girava le viti del mondo “.

After Toru has hung out there for a while with no luck, May Kasahara, a teenager, who had been watching him camping out the alley for some time, questions him.

Toru periodically goes to the bottom of the well to think and attempt to revisit the hotel room.