Also see Kafka reviews by The Guardian, The Observer, and The Complete Review (a negative one). Murakami has long been my favorite writer, and if you haven't read his work, try a few short stories -- Ice Man, The Folklore of Our Times, Honey Pie, Super-Frog Saves Tokyo -- to taste the strange yet alluring flavor of his fiction. Fans may also want to read these various Murakami interviews.
"I am dreaming while I am awake." That's how Haruki Murakami describes the writing of his surreal fictions. Now out is his novel Kafka on the Shore, a fantastical Oedipal tale that was a bestseller in his native Japan, selling 460,000 copies in two months. Read an extract from the novel and check out John Updike's review in The New Yorker.