Sunday Salon: A Messed-Up Foot and A Wind-Up Bird

I was born with bones in my feet which refused to align. My mother would put rubber spools between my toes when I was a baby in order to encourage them to grow straight, but alas, they would not. Thankfully, I was always able to walk, but not without discomfort.

I had a surgery on both feet in 1975, after which they were casted for the entire summer. I had another surgery in 2006, which turned out much better. After that one, I had to wear tennis shoes for six weeks which was a huge improvement over plaster casts. On Monday, I had surgery on my right foot; when that heals, I will have the left done.

It is not entirely woeful. I love having time to read. It is so sweet that my husband brings me every meal, my parents bring me bread pudding and jelly beans, my son brings me roses and aranciata San Pellegrino. All that, and being an introvert at heart, makes being quiet at home a sort of paradise.

As there is a lot of time needed for recovery from this third procedure, I asked a new blogging friend of mine at Swift as Inspiration if he had any interest in reading The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami with me. It is a rather lengthy book, one which I would love to discuss because I’m not entirely sure I understood all of it the first time around.

Then, I thought I would widen the invitation. If you have any inclination to read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle with us, the schedule will go as follows:

Book One: The Thieving Magpie for the week of July 18

Book Two: Bird as Prophet for the week of July 25

Book Three: The Birdcatcher for the week of August 1

After each week, we will write a post with our thoughts and observations; hopefully you can engage in our discussion should you wish to read along (and post as well?).

Meanwhile, I am finishing books for Paris in July 22, and 20 Books of Summer. I have only read 12, if you count two I could not finish: Book of Night by Holly Black and Geiger by G. Skordeman. But, the French books have been an utter delight: Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley, Paris by Edward Rutherfurd, Maigret and The Reluctant Witness by Georges Simenon, and The Martins by David Foenkinos.

And you? Are you finding time to read? Enjoying anything related to France? Finishing your 20 Books of Summer?

19 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: A Messed-Up Foot and A Wind-Up Bird”

  1. I must be persistent enough to pick up The Wind Up Bird Chronicle again. I stop reading his books once they go back to what happened in WWII, but I will get back to this book and his others.

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    1. I somehow tire of WWII novels, and that sounds so heartless, but it’s not. It’s just a theme that’s been done and done and done, and while important, does not interest me as much as other themes. I know that people in my life who know I am crazy about Japanese literature cannot understand my affection for the Japanese. Apparently, there are still traces of hurt and resentment in America, too. I am fully immersed in the rereading of this, though. I’m always longing to grasp what Murakami has to say.

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        1. Yes, I did, too! I especially remember the parallel worlds, thinking at the time, “This could never happen!” And then, once aware of his concept, I think I see them all the time. I mean, my brother and I certainly don’t seem to live in the same world.😉

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  2. Won’t be reading with you, but glad to hear what’s up in your world. Good luck with the further surgery, with recovery from this one, and how nice your family takes such good care of you! Have a good week!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kay, especially when I usually read things which are not so interesting to you. I hope you have a good week, too, and if I remember correctly, didn’t you have foot troubles once upon a time? I seem to remember you working toward getting back on your feet at one point…

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  3. So sorry you have to go through these surgeries, but you are making the best of it with Murakami, great idea!
    I read this book, and others with a Murakami book club on Discord (alas the group disappeared with Covid).
    I enjoyed many passages in it

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    1. What better time to read Murakami than when you can sit and become fully absorbed in his work? I’m not familiar with Discord, and I’m sorry your Book Club disappeared with Covid, as did so many other meaningful things in our lives. But, it would have been wonderful to be a part of a Murakami club! You’ll probably have lots of good insights when our posts go up.

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    1. No, no, Carol, I purposely didn’t call you because I know your plate is full! I don’t want you to add another ailing patient to your life, and actually, I am doing rather well sitting. You know that never bothers me much…an introvert’s dream.☺️

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  4. I’m so glad you could have the surgery that will help you. I understand your cheerful attitude toward the limitations of convalescence. About ten years ago I had foot surgery that kept me lying around for a while, and all the time to read made me feel very luxurious. Good cooks and caregivers help, too! ❤

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    1. Gretchen, you understand the certain quality of luxuriousness! Once one gets past the pain, and the guilt of being served dinner, all is well. I can fully immerse myself in my books, and actually try to blog a little more. So good to hear from you. xo

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  5. I’m glad that the surgeries are available to correct your foot troubles but I’m sorry that the surgeries will be keeping you immobile for a while. It sounds like you are receiving a lot of support from others, and that’s great.

    I love the idea of a reread of the Murakami book, but I have been so lazy this summer in my reading that I’m afraid I might not keep up with the group. I would enjoy hearing about your discussion of the book.

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    1. I hardly think you are lazy with all the preparation and work you do for Paris in July AND Sunday Salon. Besides, what are Summers for, but to be casual and carefree? I only offered the invitation in case it appealed to some. ❤️ Thanks for your good wishes. Being immobile gives me a whole new appreciation of the abilities we do have, and a whole new sorrow for those who suffer under them permanently.

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  6. Oh what fun, the read along, that is, LOL. Sorry for your ordeal and glad your people take care of you.
    I truly can’t join, but I will keep your posts for reference to a book that I hope to read one day.

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  7. 12! Yikes, I need to get a wriggle on, I’ve just finished 9.
    How has the cast been in all the heat you’ve had over there this summer?
    And I’d love to read the Murakami with you, but I still have one book to go with my Edith trilogy…so next time.

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  8. Wind up Bird was a book I abandoned – some years back – not many pages in. WWII not my favorite theme, so will not be tempted to have another crack at it. In fact, thinking it over, I’m kind of over Murakami. I enjoyed his early novels, but not Colourless. Can’t win ’em all.

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  9. Oh, dear! I remember when you had that surgery in 2006. I’m so sorry that you are having to go through it all over again. When is the surgery for your left foot? Are you in much pain at this point? You are blessed to have such attentive and loving family members looking after you. I’ll keep you in my thoughts, Meredith. xoxo

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