Just finished this book. I really wanted to like it. I read a Kirkus Review of it to see if I was missing something. I can review it in one word. Forgettable. I wish I had my $25.00 back. Only thing good about it is the packaging. Colorless is what the book is. Just quoting Voltaire doesn't make one a philosopher. I doubt I'll read anything else by Murakami. Wish I could have gotten something from it because I rarely read fiction and am wading into it again. I just finished The Goldfinch and found it just okay (would like my money back on that one too). Couldn't finish The Paris Wife. So, I hope my next book, The Alchemist, will be a good read.