Title: Pinball, 1973
Author: Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen (translator)
Published: 1979
Language: English (translated from Japanese)
Pages: 132
Rating: 3/5

Yet again, as in Hear the Wind Sing, we follow our unnamed narrator and his friend, The Rat, and though they are no longer roommates, they are still trying to figure their lives out.

This is, as far as I know, the second book Murakami ever wrote, and if you read my review of Hear the Wind Sing, you will know I found it quite chaotic. This, however, felt a lot more put together, and I felt like I was reading Murakami - it had his voice, his writing, his characters and so on.

Even though I enjoyed this quite a lot more than the first book, there's still an element of something missing. This book certainly is strange and consist mostly of the thoughts and feelings of the characters, yet there's something... perhaps there's some sort of depth that I feel is missing. It's hard to pinpoint.

That being said, there is something to Murakami that always makes me want to read more, because when he gets it right, it's so good. And even when it's slightly off, it's still pretty good in parts. So, I am definitely going to read more and am very excited to do it.

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