I loved this album, and the novel was the very latest from one of my favorite authors. But for some reason I couldn’t settle down, couldn’t focus on either the music or the book. I considered watching a movie I’d recorded, but couldn’t find one I really wanted to see. Some days are like that. You have time on your hands, and you try to decide what you want to do, but can’t come up with a thing.
Overall this collection of short stories was a mixed bag—more so than typical short story collection from Murakami. The start was particularly slow for me, making it hard to build momentum.
The concluding story First Person Singular was certainly the standout.