Firstly, this book should come with a warning. Reading it is like jumping into another world. At first the waters are cold. Even though you warm to it, at any moment the tides change and you often wonder why you even went swimming to begin with. It is very engaging, but you are never sure why. I'm still uncertain quite what happened in this book. Part of me wonders whether Murakami wrote this as a colossal joke. Read it, if you dare..