Man, I like Murakami. That being said, I don’t think I understand him. This is a cool book, though. Like A Wild Sheep Chase, it has a Sheep Guy, so there’s that. It has freshly-made doughnuts. It has a wack labyrinth. It has beautiful illustrations and a cool cover. I don’t know what the fuck it’s about, but I’m giving it 4 stars because it’s strange and wonderful regardless, and because I love the way he uses strangely stilted language (or his translator does?) and bizarre situations to create an atmosphere that is somehow irresistible despite the fact that none of it makes any sense. 1Q84 was similarly engrossing/inexplicable. Over & out.