Murakami almost permits you to explore strange ideas and fleeting thoughts by doing it himself. These may go off at a tangent but then are brought..Show More » back into the real world, often with a simple conquest, often a sexual one. Not much to grab onto but enough to want more.
Most interesting insight into an author's beginnings
Every paragraph in this very early novel, from a favourite author of mine, "flashed forward" to me as I recognised elements/links/ themes to the many ..Show More »novels Murakami went on to write. Cats, wells, obsession, glorious lyricism and inventiveness-all restrained here, blossomed as the author gained momentum. How exciting to have this insight..and unlike another favourite author whose first novel was translated and released much later than the main body of work, this novel stands up to scrutiny. It is a gentle riff on melancholy and youth as it grasps the significance of "the future"-the perhaps.
I have only just discovered Murakami and I loved this book. I spent the whole time not quite sure what the plot was but I could not leave it alone un..Show More »til it brought me to the excellent ending. Listening to it was an added bonus as the narrative was excellent. I cannot wait to get it to my next Murakami and definitely through Audible again.To anyone who likes something different, something that leaves you thinking at the end, I would recommend this book highly.