• Murakami writes of contemporary Japan, urban alienation and journey's of self-discovery, and in this book he combines recollections of the war with metaphysics, dreams and hallucinations into a powerful and impressionistic work

  • Murakami weaves these textured layers of reality into a shot-silk garment of deceptive beauty

    Independent on Sunday
  • Critics have variously likened him to Raymond Carver, Raymond Chandler, Arthur C. Clarke, Don DeLillo, Philip K. Dick, Bret Easton Ellis and Thomas Pynchon - a roster so ill assorted as to suggest Murakami is in fact an original

    New York Times
  • Deeply philosophical and teasingly perplexing, it is impossible to put down

    Daily Telegraph
  • How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration

    Independent on Sunday

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