The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, By Haruki Murakami, 100 Years Of Solitude, By Macondo, And Inferno, By Dante Alighieri

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"Magical realism," as described by Michael Woods, "is not a style of writing, just a modest fidelity to the magic of reality in places where we are not." Woods goes on to tell his audience of the allure of magical realism by explaining that reality in foreign places are more enchanting and exciting than probably anything a reader could think of. Woods sets out vague principles of what magical realism "rarely resorts to." His list includes: "dates, recognizable city streets, historical personages, diaries, gritty descriptions, invitations to look things up in the newspapers…. Late night settings, promises of much strangeness, aghast and/or terrified audience of listeners within the tale." By Woods' standards he tells what does not concretize magical realism. Instead of disavowing conclusions that no one was drawing, informing the reader about what magical realism does include would communicate the style of writing more effectively. Woods' only literary reference is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Macondo. Although it is agreeable that One Hundred Years of Solitude is a magical realistic novel, perhaps it is the only novel that completely epitomizes Woods' criteria. Notwithstanding this canon, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami does not personify exactly to Woods' articulate gauge of magical realism. On the other hand, Inferno by Dante Alighierdo does resort to more magically realistic traits that Woods describes.
 The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami certainly exemplifies irrefutable qualities of magical realism, the author raises more questions than answers and certain parts the ambience of the book show magical realism. Yet the fact that The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle does take place in a real city, tells of the exact dates (insert dates), and presents invitations to research actual events that happen throughout the novel. The story gives hold the promise of much strangeness from the start of the book, most fictitious novels do.
Murakami’s novel begins with a mysterious phone call from an unknown woman whose identity remains baffling for the entirety of the book. A series of other strange events happen through Toru’s dreams as he pursues his missing cat and spouse. Although these events transpire during his dreams, he tells that his perceptions feel more real as if in reality.“How could this be? The well was producing water- Not cold water, though. It then occurred to me to check my pocket. I wanted to know if the flashlight was still there. Had I brought it back with me from the other world? Was there any link between what had happened there and this reality?” Dreams often feel real to many people, so often that they confuse them with reality. Dreams are an enigma to the mind and have the unconscious power that one desires but does not pursue in reality. Even though dreams are a normal occurrences, Toru feels that they are odd dreams. He does not feel as if he is in place with the dreams and he realizes that...

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