Am sorry to say that it's not as good as 'In the Miso Soup', although it has its moments. Favourite bits include the opening chapter and the bit where they are at the American air base during the thunder and lightning sequence.
Maybe it's just me, but there were times when it didn't make any sense, but then again this is a 'mood heavy' book, there is not a pronounced plotline, so the narrative sort of echoes the tumultuous lives of decadent Japanese youths. Kind of reminds me of 'Exit A' by Anthony Swofford which had a better storyline and is also set around an American airbase in Japan.
This is an R-rated book so beware. A lot of gratuitious sex and violence but nevertheless an exploration into wordsmithery by Murakami. Considering it's his first novel, it holds a promise of things to come. Can't wait to read 'Coin Locker Babies'!
Rating: 2/5 stars