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The Wind-up Bird Chronicle

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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...
Item number NAX41812
Barcode 9789626344187
Release date 28/08/2006
Media type CD
Number of units 21
Disc: 1
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 BOOK 1: The Thieving Magpie - June and July 1984
2 This caught me off guard. 'Why is that?' I asked.
3 I was loading groceries into the refrigerator when
4 Why had Kumiko been frequenting such a place?
5 Then she took a box of Hope regulars from her pock
6 Right over there is where the cats go through,' sh
7 Are you asleep?' the girl asked …
8 At home, I took in the washing and prepared a simp
9 Chapter 2: Moon and Eclipse of the Sun
10 It was schocking to me, too, to realize that in si
11 Kumiko took a long, slow breath, held it in a whil
12 Chapter 3: Malta Kano's Hat
13 When the phone rang at 2.30, I was napping on the
Disc: 2
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 I opened the wardrobe and looked for my polka-dot
2 There was something strange about her eyes.
3 I nodded, but this was simply a physical movement
4 I felt relief on hearing this.
5 Chapter 4: High Towers and Deep Wells (Or, Far fro
6 For about a year after we were married, Kumiko and
7 Instead of a flower arrangement or a calligraphic
8 He went on talking about Nomonhan for another hour
9 Chapter 5: Hooked on Lemon Drops
10 I finally reached the vacant house.
11 Hey,' said someone. I snapped my eyes open.
12 I touched my hairline. Maybe she was right.
Disc: 3
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 We cut through the yard and walked around…
2 Chapter 6: On the Births of Kumiko Okada and Nobor
3 What she did then was to shut herself off from the
4 It was shortly after I had married his daughter th
5 In front of the cameras, he played the role of Man
6 I had felt awkward in his presence from the start…
7 Chapter 7: The Happy Cleaners
8 So this was Creta Kano.
9 Chapter 8: Creta Kano's Long Story
10 I nodded. 'All the time she was wandering through
11 Whenever I bumped into something, it would leave a
12 When I heard this, after all I had endured over th
Disc: 4
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 Unfortunately for me, however, the wall turned out
2 But then one night, when I was propositioning men
3 Chapter 9: Culverts and an Absolute Insufficiency
4 Your voice is strange,' she said. 'What’s wrong?'
5 But you're getting married next week'
6 Mr. Wind-up Bird!' came a voice from the garden.
7 We stopped off at the company's Shimbashi office …
8 Chapter 10: Magic Touch
9 You mean like ghosts?'
10 I sat on the sofa and used some scissors to cut th
11 I took the money from the envelope and put it in m
12 Now the people in the district are dying to have m
Disc: 5
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 Chapter 11: Enter Lieutenant Mamiya
2 Sorry,' I said, 'but I'm pretty busy right now.'
3 I have been in Tokyo two weeks altogether on this
4 He took a sip of green tea.
5 Chapter 12: Lieutenant Mamiya's Long Story: Part I
6 I was chosen to be the commanding officer of the e
7 We proceeded to the Khalkha River and followed it
8 We were setting up camp that evening …
9 As I said earlier, Honda had absolutely no combat
10 The sun rose the next morning…
11 When we reached the ford, just before dusk …
12 Chapter 13: Lieutenant Mamiya's Long Story: Part I
Disc: 6
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 A short time later, one of the Mongolian soldiers
2 He removed his gloves and put them in his coat poc
3 Fine,' said the Russian. 'Fine.'
4 Before long, the entire skin of Yamamoto's right a
5 They set me on a horse and lashed me to the saddle
6 I believe that I lost consciousness from the impac
7 How much time went by after that I do not know.
8 At this point in his story, Lieutenant Mamiya look
9 We reached the bus stop and waited.
10 When Mr. Honda told me on the bank of the Khalka R
11 BOOK 2: Bird as Prophet - July to October 1984
12 I waited until 9.30 and dialled Kumiko's office.
Disc: 7
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 Just after 1 o'clock, the phone rang.
2 I decided to make spaghetti for lunch again.
3 To the owner, I said only that I had forgotten my
4 Chapter 2: No Good News in This Chapter
5 Poor Mr Wind-up Bird,' she said.
6 Where are we?' I asked. Creta Kano didn't answer.
7 Creta Kano again. Two wet dreams in a short interv
8 Hmm, that's hard for me to say.
9 Chapter 3: Noboru Wataya Speaks
10 She called me a week ago and said she had somethin
11 Noboru Wataya pushed his untouched glass of iced t
12 Noboru Wataya went on staring at me…
13 Chapter 4: Divine Grace Lost
Disc: 8
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 Outer Mongolian troops had thrown me into a deep,
2 In any case, I am grateful for the chance to have
3 I did not see what she meant.
4 Chapter 5: Views of Distant Towns
5 When I did wake up, I took a knapsack from the dra
6 I sat on the edge of the well curb and listened.
7 Chapter 6: Inheriting Property
8 Kumiko, though, was fascinated.
9 I was living in Asagaya at the time, in a one-room
10 Chapter 7: Recollections and Dialogue on Pregnancy
11 In fact, though, I did not want Kumiko to have an
12 Kumiko thought about this for a while, rubbing her
Disc: 9
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 I stayed on the move for a very long time.
2 Chapter 8: The Root of Desire
3 I wandered up and down the corridor until I passed
4 I went back to the living room, opened the new bot
5 Chapter 9: The Well and Stars
6 I looked up again at the stars.
7 Hey down there! Mr Wind-up Bird!', shouted May Kas
8 Chapter 10: May Kasahara on Death and Evolution
9 I mean…this is what I think, but…people have to th
10 And so now you're crushed, Mr. Wind-up Bird …
11 Chapter 11: Hunger as Pain
12 To divert my attention from the intense pain of th
Disc: 10
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 I decided to take a different look at things.
2 But she didn't respond. It seemed there was no-one
3 I went to the toilet and took a long pee with my e
4 Why this need arose in me so suddenly, why it happ
5 There was always something very close and delicate
6 Chapter 12: Discovered When Shaving
7 Malto Kano fell silent once again.
8 Walking back down the alley to my house …
9 No bad memories you associate with the place, then
10 I thought about calling the old property agent …
11 Chapter 13: Creta Kano's Story Continued
12 Does that hurt, Mr. Okada?'
Disc: 11
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 As I told you before …'
2 At last, the man stopped moving his fingers.'
3 Chapter 14: Creta Kano's New Departure
4 I was still officially a student …'
5 What could Noboru Wataya have possibly wanted from
6 This, then, is how I have spent the twenty-six yea
7 Creta Kano bit her lip.
8 Chapter 15: The Only Bad Thing That Ever Happened
9 Great bikini,' I said.
10 You know, Mr. Wind-up Bird …'
11 When she said this, she touched the wound next to
12 Oh, forget it. But you know, Mr. Wind-up Bird …'
Disc: 12
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 Chapter 16: The Simplest Thing
2 Every day, I would take the train to Shinjuku at 1
3 But what the secret was, what had been concealed t
4 At first I kicked and beat him out of sheer terror
5 BOOK 3: The Birdcatcher - October 1984 to December
6 Early October saw the death of the uncle of Noboru
7 Sometimes I climbed the garden wall and went down…
8 Old Mr Ichikawa looked at me in a way that showed
9 Chapter 2: Waking from Hibernation
10 I repeated the routine every day, as I had done th
11 Chapter 3: What Happened in the Night
Disc: 13
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 But no one woke up, the man went on digging withou
2 Chapter 4: Buying New Shoes
3 Before long, the Haydn came to an end - an abrupt
4 The room was so utterly still that when I held my
5 I finally understood as I was undressing.
6 Chapter 5: A Place You Can Figure Out If You Think
7 I'm in the mountains again, in another place surro
8 Chapter 6: Nutmeg and Cinnamon
9 The woman showed up a little after 3 o'clock.
10 Let’s have dinner,' she said. 'Can you eat?'
11 Was there a reason for that?' She ignored this que
12 Chapter 7: The Mystery of the Hanging House
13 Tight Security and Secrecy
Disc: 14
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 Chapter 8: Down in the Well
2 Now a single wall is the only thing separating me
3 Chapter 9: The Zoo Attack (or, A Clumsy Massacre)
4 Everyone knew this to be the truth …
5 The director handed the lieutenant a list of anima
6 We always sat across from each other at the same t
7 I took a long time to explain, little by little …
8 The Chinese workers said to the vet …
9 The transport ship cut its engines as ordered …
10 Chapter 10: So, Then, the Next Problem (May Kasaha
11 I told you before how I got out of that high-class
12 Chapter 11: Is This Shovel a Real Shovel? (What Ha
Disc: 15
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 Chapter 12: M's Secret Cure
2 Chapter 13: The Waiting Man
3 Finding it difficult to speak, I simply nodded.
4 After patting his knees several times with outstre
5 First of all, Dr Wataya is not opposed to the idea
6 In addition to which, it's going to cause Noboru W
7 Chapter 14: Cinnamon's Strange Sign Language
8 Cinnamon never spent a day at school,' said Nutmeg
9 The Residence was not a big house, and it had mini
10 I told Cinnamon the story of the submarine and the
11 Chapter 15: This Could Be the End of the Line (May
12 Life is so strange, though.
13 Chapter 16: The World's Exhaustion and Burdens
Disc: 16
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 Don’t worry,' he said, with a laugh. 'The tax man
2 Maybe I shouldn't say this to you, Mr Okada, but y
3 Chapter 17: The Fitting Room
4 Nutmeg continued her work for more than seven year
5 Chapter 18: A Stupid Tree Frog Daughter (May Kasah
6 I don't have any idea what's happening to me …
7 Chapter 19: The Subterranean Labyrinth
8 Nutmeg had told me that Cinnamon had customized ev
9 Chapter 20: Nutmeg's Story
10 Nutmeg went on to compile a magnificent record …
11 You’ve probably heard his name,' Nutmeg said.
12 Not long after she sold the company …
13 Chapter 21: The Mystery of the Hanging House: 2
Disc: 17
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 Chapter 22: Jellyfish from All Around the World
2 That is just one manifestation.
3 Chapter 23: Counting Sheep
4 Ishiwara was of the opinion that Japan should not
5 Chapter 24: The Signal Turns Red
6 If it comes out that his brother-in-law is involve
7 Chapter 25: Triangular Ears
8 Chapter 26: The Wind-up Bird Chronicle No. 8 (or,
9 Not that he was a passive creature, indeed, he was
10 Four hours later, the soldiers were back with the
11 When the four Chinese had finished throwing the bo
12 Now only the young Chinese prisoner with the numbe
Disc: 18
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 I've been ordered to beat this guy to death …'
2 At that very moment, the young Chinese batter in u
3 Chapter 27: Cinnamon's Missing Links
4 His stories employed 'wind-up bird' as a key phras
5 Chapter 28: You Just Can't Trust a House (May Kasa
6 You know as well as I do what the place was like a
7 Chapter 29: A Vacant House Is Born
8 Chapter 30: Malta Kano's Tale
9 Malta Kano put the receiver down on the table …
10 I took a machine gun bullet during the fierce batt
11 Whenever the number of deaths increased to the poi
12 This educated prisoner was none other than the Rus
13 One time, in an offhand manner, I asked him about
Disc: 19
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 Another day when I was walking by the station, tha
2 And what do you want in return?' I asked.
3 Chapter 31: The Bat Vanishes
4 While concentrating all my attention on the sound,
5 The door was open.
6 Chapter 32: The Job of Making Others Use Their Ima
7 The work environment steadily deteriorated as a re
8 For some inexplicable reason, he appeared to have
9 My plan was to kill Boris.
10 I have known for a long time that you wanted to ki
11 Chapter 33: A Dangerous Place
12 And the broadcast returned to the studio …
Disc: 20
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 Who could have turned out the lights?
2 Chapter 34: The Light of a Firefly
3 Strictly speaking, I didn't come here to see you.'
4 You didn't know exactly what had happened to your
5 She followed this with a long silence, as if check
6 Chapter 35: Just a Real Knife
7 Again, without warning, the knife came.
8 I leaned my back against the wall and told myself,
9 Chapter 36: The Story of the Duck People
10 So then you know what I did? I got naked. Don't as
11 Chapter 37: Two Different Kinds of News
12 It took me a while to absorb these facts as facts.
Disc: 21
Wind-up Bird Chronicle (The)
1 Chapter 38: The Wind-up Bird Chronicle No. 17 (Kum
2 Chapter 39: Goodbye
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