My rating: 4 of 5 stars
One of the most weird and intriguing novels I have read in recent times.
I have been a Murakami fan ever since I read his 1Q84 trilogy. The way he describes human emotions and behaviour is enough to grab anyone’s attention. Couple that with the eye catching titles and cover arts this is a complete package. In this novel Murakami has very skilfully portrayed the human emotion of loneliness. The reader can feel the magic whenever he/she turns the next page.
This novel is a beautiful blend of philosophy and mystery, a deadly combination when you consider no one wants to read just philosophy and we already have Sherlock Holmes to fulfil our mystery quota. One thing I can guarantee is that if you read it carefully you’ll never get bored.
This novel may not not compete with the complexity of 1Q84 but it comes a bit close. I wouldn’t actually recommend this book if you are reading this author’s work for the first time.