This was my first Murakami novel and it was quite a ride. It reminded me a lot of One Hundred Years of Solitude in its surrealism. I love when a book dances along the line of dream and reality.
This was also the perfect book for me in that it referenced opera, art, and jazz. Killing Commendatore is the name of a painting in the novel and it is a scene from the opera Don Giovanni. What’s great is that the Mozart opera also balances along dream and reality. I listened to a lot of the music referenced in the book while I read it, and that added to the overall experience.