This was the first book of murakami's that i had the pleasure of reading, his style lends itself wonderfully to short story telling, and has a profound effect on your way of thinking For a collection of stories that if summarised or explained would seem abstract and mundane they never have anything close to that effect on the reader. They beg inference's to your own life and such subtle beautifull suggestions leap off the page leaving the reader reflective as opposed to confused. One would never have thought a story about a Japanese Salary man and his encounter with a Giant Green talking frog could have a profound effect on your life but that is the majik of the man. In such a fast paced and uncertain world Murakami's work is a must for anyone with more questions that answers. A True modern day genius !