Re: Ch. 2- On Horses Dying in the Stables
In many places it is lucky to lead a horse through the house; this belief may stem from the association of horses with fertility and crops, which has lasted in form of hobby-horses which were originally part of Beltane (May Day) revels.
Source: Vanessa's Pagan Place Folklore Page
It’s not true. But, it may stem from a superstition like the one above. The above superstition mentions fertility and horses. It also mentions MAY, which seems to be a repetitive word in Wind Up. The husband is talking about the menstrual cycle of his wife, (her fertility cycle) and the moon. Horses, like women, have a fertility cycle that may be connected with the cycle of the moon. However, I did find the below article disturbing, and this is no superstition. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/fu ... 39984.html
The husband keeps track of this cycle, I think it’s funny that he looks at the calendar to check where the moon is, and correlates this to his wife’s mood. Before traditional calendars, the moon was used to keep track of the days of the month.
The husband mentions very briefly that the wife was once pregnant, he says it so fast, its easy to miss. He spends more time talking about the preparation of food then he does on the fact that his wife was once pregnant, what happened? But this is a technique that makes Murakami such a great story teller. He does speak about the mundane at length, but then he slips in something peculiar, very sneaky. He does this again, when he mentions that the name of the missing cat, is the same name of the wife’s brother.
There is no doubt in my mind that Murakami is setting the reader up, you certainly have to pay attention. What I have found intriguing is the bizarre connections and repetitions that he makes. For instance, the husband goes to the cleaners and hears music playing. The first song he hears is “The Hawaiian Wedding” song, the next song he hears, is one about Canada. A few chapters later, we listen to Creta telling the story of her sister. The sister once lived in Hawaii, then she moved to Canada. This type of repetitiveness runs through the chapters that I have read so far. Creta also mimics the wife’s words regarding their respective sisters. And of course, water runs through the book, and the missing cat. I have a feeling the missing cat means more than a feline gone missing.
I am enjoying this book tremendously, I was hooked after the first paragraph. Murakami is a great story teller, I can’t wait to get back to it. Theomanic, you picked a winner!