The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Toru Okada, May Kasahara, Noboru Wataya
His first big seller. While often digresses into philosophy, the story within a story in The Wind Up Bird Chronicle is mesmerizing (Lieutenant Mamiya). It can be found separately in his short story collection as well. Once read, you will never forget it, believe me.
When the phone rang I was in the kitchen, boiling a potrul of spaghetti and whistling along with an FM broadcast of the overture to Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie, which has to be the perfect music for cooking pasta.
“Goodbye, May Kasahara,” I said. Goodbye, May Kasahara: may there always be something watching over you.
I closed my eyes and tried to sleep. But it was not until much later that I was able to get any real sleep. In a place far away from anyone or anywhere, I drifted off for a moment.
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