His life was like his recurring nightmare: a train to nowhere. But an ordinary life has a way of taking an extraordinary turn. Add a girl whose ears are so exquisite that, when uncovered, they improve sex a thousand-fold, a runaway friend, a right-wing politico, an ovine-obsessed professor and a manic-depressive in a sheep outfit, implicate them in a hunt for a sheep, that may or may not be running the world, and the upshot is another singular masterpiece from Japan's finest novelist.
A remarkable writer...he captures the common ache of the contemporary heart and head
It begins as a detective novel, dips into a screwball comedy, and at its close becomes a tale of possession... A highly accomplished piece of craftsmanship
How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration
Independent on Sunday
Murakami is a true original and yet in many ways he is also Franz Kafka's successor because he seems to have the intelligence to know what Kafka truly was - a comic writer