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The Wind-up Bird Chronicle - Book 3 Chapter 9: The Zoo Attack (or A Clumsy Massacre) (Pgs. 396-414) Summary & Analysis

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Summary

Toru narrates Nutmeg's story of a massacre at a zoo one August day in 1945. When the massacre happened, Nutmeg was on a transport ship from Manchuria to Japan. Kwantung Army troops were to kill all the animals in the zoo at Hsin-ching. The zoo's chief veterinarian is a handsome man, about thirty years old, with a blue-black birthmark on his right cheek. The veterinarian tells a young lieutenant that there is not enough poison for all the animals. The animals are shot instead. Eventually, her father sends Nutmeg and her mother back to Japan.

Analysis

This chapter is Nutmeg's biography, or a part of it, as told to Toru. The mixing of what happens at the Hsin-ching zoo with Nutmeg's experience aboard the transport ship show how unreliable a narrator can be. If Nutmeg did not witness the...

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