A melancholy coming of age love story at the end of the sixties Japan. It is easy to relate to the protagonists problems, though Murikami's implication that all women belong in a sanatorium and/or are emotionally disturbed, is a bit much! - Maybe I am reading too much into it? Still, disturbed or not, it is hard not to like and want to help Naoko and Midori, and not to feel slightly Jealous of Watanabe, despite the anguish he suffers. I think, probably my favourite Murakami book - I wish I had read this when I was 20.