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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

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

How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration

Independent on Sunday

Murakami writes of contemporary Japan, urban alienation and journey's 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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