Two plots, two narrators, two timelines and two point of views; uncomplicated structures have never been Murakami's cup of tea.
This chunky novel was fairly typical of his writing, at its best; filled with cultural references, underlining the redemptive power of music, the importance - and inscrutability - of nature, the existence of a parallel universe and of course it has that dreamlike character which is so essential in Murakami's work.
I enjoyed it a lot. And STILL! When all is said and done, this is actually yet another coming of age story. What is it with them? Why are they everywhere? And am I developing some sort of allergy??