[a:Haruki Murakami|3354|Haruki Murakami|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1350230608p2/3354.jpg] is becoming a favorite for me. I listened to this book during my commute to work (100 miles each way) and it kept me happy the whole way. [b:Kafka on the Shore|4929|Kafka on the Shore|Haruki Murakami|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1348995813s/4929.jpg|6191072] actually worked better for me than [b:1Q84|10357575|1Q84 |Haruki Murakami|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1359439026s/10357575.jpg|18160093] did. Whereas that book sometimes dragged a bit for me and I didn't find the love story at the heart of it entirely convincing, the surreal relationships in this novel worked well for me. I also was listening to the novel while preparing lectures on Freud and Jung for a personality course I'm teaching, and the connections to the book were delicious. I kept wanting to revise the syllabus and just have people read this book and connect the dots to the theorists they were learning about.
One of the things I'm learning to count on in Murakami's writing is the slightly eerie atmosphere he creates. I still find the effect from 1Q84 creeping up on me--I was reading a Dr. Seuss to my daughter and she noticed multiple moons in a drawing which then gave me a bit of a flashback to the feeling of reading that novel. The effect isn't quite as strong in this book, but it still gets subtly under the skin. In this case, I half expect my cats to suddenly start talking to me.
I'm looking forward to the rest of the Murakami oeuvre!