I just... cannot. I can't. I'm sorry, but I can't review this book. When I first started reading it, I thought, "It's like Alice in Wonderland!" but halfway through, I thought, "No. It's like Twin Peaks."
So... could you review Twin Peaks? What would you say? I would say, "A bunch of crazy shit happens and you absolutely cannot look away." And that is my review of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.
I tried reading other reviews of this book to get some inspiration to say more. Here are some of the phrases I found: "Original and bizarre." "Surreal and sprawling." "Page-turning." Yes, yes, and yes. Some people complain about not "getting it" and I don't know that I "got it," but I sure did enjoy it.
It's complex and kind of nuts and really amazingly woven together. As I rode the roller coaster, I was afraid the end wouldn't be satisfying, but... it was. Not in the way I expected it to be, but it was.
I sent you my paperback version, so I'm sure you'll burn through it at some point. Perhaps we can talk about it then and I can say more. In the meantime, I loved me some Twin Peaks, and I loved The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. While reading this book, I felt like I was inside of it and it was inside of me, which is my favorite way to feel about a book.