It is no doubt this work could give the readers the very impression of Haruki Murakami himself.
In 1978, when seeing a baseball game, Haruki was hit by a sudden idea: why don't I start to write the novel? Though a little bit of unrealistic, this event became an important beginning of his own writing experiences. He then won a literature award in 1979, when he almost forgot about this issue after sending the work for competition.
The story was very simple, and told in the first-person angle. Protagonists including a young boy, ' I ', and his university classmate, " rat ", and a unique girl with only four fingers at her left hand. They were connected via a pub owned by a middle-aged Chinese called Jay.
The storyline is actually very plain and even looks like many diaries gathered and transformed into a novel. Nevertheless, it is still readable and quite appealing. And what's more, if there is no such work, we could not behold this great Japanese author's fantasy.
So we could appreciate his very light and intriguing words in this novel. Talking about his uniqueness, he also once commented as following: just at the start of seeing my words, readers will apparently and quickly decide whether they are gonna like it or not.