“Memories and thoughts age, just as people do. But certain thoughts can never age, and certain memories can never fade.”
The story takes place in a Tokyo suburb, where a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife’s missing cat. And then later, his missing wife. Navigating through a netherworld beneath the city’s placid surface, he encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists.
Murakami plays with the reader’s sense of reality, as Okada is consistently in a dreamlike state of confusion and uncertainty. Through an unreliable narrator and his unreliable narrative, the book builds up to an ending that leaves the reader feeling unsure of what actually happened.
But is that the point? Do it really matter? Is Toru Okada unreliable?
Implementing What We Have Learned: Writing Prompt
Use dreams in your story to guide the narrative. Does it work? Do dreams add to the plot or just leave the reader confused?