The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

What is the role of magic realism in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle?

Murakami is full of fantastic elements that lend his novels a philosophical atmosphere that seem to connect to the world of the spiritual rather than that of the magical and ghostly, therefore, his simple and mellifluous prose appears to carry the majestic weight of profound wisdom of the human truth.

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Simply by the plot, we can tell the magic realism at play. Toru Okada's marriage is crumbling. While searches for his wife's missing he finds himself looking for his wife as well in an alternate world that lies beneath surface of suburban Tokyo. Interspersed in this, Toru encounters a psychic prostitute, a politician, a paradoxical teenage girl, a war vet..... This, of course, all has a greater meaning as magic realism stories always have.