There are so many things I love about Murakami's novels, but I have to say the main thing that comes to mind after reading this one is that underneath the surreal happenings, there is such a feeling of tranquility. Even when fantastical events happen, the characters do mundane things in the midst of them - have a "simple lunch" or listen to a classical music record. There is an element of calmness that I find very appealing in the writing - it's almost meditative. As usual, I have to say that I'm sorry it took me so long to read this book, but the good news is there is another one due out soon, so I won't have to wait very long for that. Recommended.