"There are various reasons why an individual might habitually consume large quantities of alcohol, but they all effectively boil down to the same thing."
A man in a sheep suit, dodgy motels, a man in a rat suit and lots of sex... yes it is time to fall down the Murakami rabbit hole once more. Come on, if you're like me, you'll enjoy the ride.
How can our protagonist resist the lure of a girl with perfect ears. What are perfect ears- is there such a thing? Lord knows this girl doesn't want another thing to worry about not being perfect.
This is far from being my favourite Murakami, even if it does contain a few gems that peaked my interest. I finished all 304 pages in 2 days, or two airports, it literally flies by- no pun intended.
From men who have special relationships with sheep, to ex wives that keep a sex score card, the novel is rich with quirky characters and occurrences, not to mention eminently quotable quotes. Example below:
"We finished our packing and had intercourse, then went out and saw a movie. In the movie there were a lot of men and women having intercourse too. Nothing wrong with watching others having intercourse, after all".
Also who can't relate to a hangover that feels like this:
"Had someone put me in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice and like a madman shaken me up?"
While this is far from my favourite dive into the author's worlds, it still has its moments.
4 out of 5 bah bah black sheep of the family signing off.