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INCLUDES A READING GUIDE Toru Okada's cat has disappeared and this has unsettled his wife, who is herself growing more distant every day. Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has started receiving. As this compelling story unfolds, the tidy suburban realities of Okada's vague and blameless life, spent cooking, reading, listening to jazz and opera and drinking beer at the kitchen table, are turned inside out, and he embarks on a bizarre journey, guided (however obscurely) by a succession of characters, each with a tale to tell.

Reviews

Mesmerising, surreal, this really is the work of a true original

The Times

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

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

Independent

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099540953

    December 1, 2010

    Vintage Classics

    640 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099448792

    April 1, 2003

    Vintage

    624 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781446499108

    October 10, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    624 pages

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Also by Haruki Murakami

Men Without Women
Norwegian Wood
1Q84: Books 1, 2 and 3
Kafka On The Shore
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Desire
Absolutely on Music
Wind/Pinball
Wind/ Pinball
The Strange Library
Large Print: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki & His Years of Pilgrimage
Murakami Diary
1Q84: Book 3
1Q84: Books 1 and 2
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
After Dark
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Birthday Stories
Underground
South Of The Border, West Of The Sun
The Elephant Vanishes
Dance Dance Dance
Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World
A Wild Sheep Chase

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