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Starting to become the Murakami we could recognise,
This review is from: Pinball, 1973 (Paperback)
Having just read Hear the Wind Sing, this is far more of a cohesive novel than his first. You start to recognise the characters you later get to know in Wild Sheep Chase and Dance, Dance, Dance and the writing seems more familiar.
Our narrator explains how he starts his translation business, and finds himself in a relationship with live-in identical twins he can't tell apart. Meanwhile we return to the Rat, unhappily whiling away time back in their home town. Eventually the story turns to Pinball, the narrator's university obsession with it and his hunt for a rare pinball machine he used to play on, The Spaceship.
All in all rather enjoyable if you can get a friend in Japan to order it off amazon for you. Amazon Japan seem to think queuing in the post office is beneath them as their international postage rates are rather like having your tiny book bought a first-class plane ticket back to you.