Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world come a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden, sisters who are very peculiar indeed, an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds…
21 CDs | Running Time: 26h 06m | ISBN: 978-962-634-418-7 | Cat. no.: NAX41812 | RRP: £65.00RRP:£65.00 GBPSRP: US $ 115.98RRP:£65.00 GBP
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Toru Okada is a friendly, easy-going fellow, but his life is foundering. After quitting his job, he loses his cat, then his wife. Strange people pop inexplicably into his life, complicating his story with their own. Is it possible these mean something? Narrator Rupert Degas juggles this rich layering of stories into a kind of clarity, if not exactly meaning – though meaning is really what Toru and the reader are both after. With its continuously nonplussed tone, Degas’s relaxed acceptance of the story’s ambiguity plays right into Murakami’s hand. Writer and narrator conspire thus to betray the reader’s fondest hopes: easy answers! There are none, after all, but nothing is spoiled by this discovery. Instead, we have Murakami’s most mature exploration of Japan’s war-ravaged past meeting the present.