Wind/Pinball: Two Novels by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If it is important to you that stuff happens in books you read then Murakami may not be for you. In each of these novels a lot of beer is drunk, people talk to each other about how the world is (which is generally unsatisfactory in a vague way), and they make small choices about things which end of directing their lives (or not). There is something true about these novels though that makes them wonderful. And the image of the place where the pinball machine is in the second one is amazingly rendered. Unlike many introductions, this one does not spoil the stories and is mostly about Murakami's life and how he came to be a novelist.