This was my first Murakami novel and I loved it! He writes so elegantly. The prose of this book drew me in just as much as the storyline itself. The only part of the novel that didn't settle well with me was the very end when Toru and Reiko have sex. I felt like this was one thing that just didn't need to happen. I also would have loved for the end to return to the older Toru on the train to Germany to bring the narrative full circle. I can't wait to get another Murakami book!