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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami I really enjoyed this novel. It has a good combination of Murakami's signature character development as as well as his surrealistic style. Okada, our male main character almost seems like your typical Murakami disconnected male character -- at least he seems that way, at first.

While he does have disconnected elements to his life, his character evolves and he takes decisive action whether it is good or bad. There is a mystery afoot which starts with their missing cat and then his wife, Kumiko. Again, there is a vast array of rather eccentric characters who play a part in the mystery.

I also love that the conflict which arises doesn't get solved so quickly. The story timeline spans nearly two years since his wife disappears.

1Q84 and this novel definite rates as one of my favorite Murakami works.