“While anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it’s the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves“
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
The novel flows in typical Murakami style.
Interestingly for a Murakami his usual focus of observations seems to have shifted, perhaps intentionally to highlight the colourlessness of his anti-hero who seems perfectly delightful as he his, until his love interest points out he has an emotional block that is holding him back from fully involving himself in their relationship, a deal breaker unless he can resolve his issues.
He then goes on a pilgrimage to seek out his friends from early adulthood, in a quest to unlock his inner void. He even leaves the country!