This is my second Murakami, after “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle”. On LibraryThing, opinions were mixed but people generally thought this book to be less than Wind-Up. I’m not so sure what I think. I loved Wind-Up as my first introduction to Murakami and his brand of magical realism, but I have to say I loved Kafka too. Of course Nakata was my favorite character, but I liked the whole book, with all it’s special story lines coming together. I also love how Murakami’s books give me the same nice feeling as Hayao Miyazaki’s movies. I need more Murakami! This book gets five out of five stars.