One of the most famous novels of Murakami tells the story of a love triangle. In its centre stands Tōru — an everyman who can’t choose between cheerful Midori and mentally ill Naoko. The magic realism typical to Murakami is absent, but there are death and uncovering of the dark sides of life. The main character is forced to grow up too quickly, and the leftover scars cast a shadow on everything he does. Unexpressed sorrow and grief that was never entirely processed are the central themes of this book, which enjoys unabated popularity all around the world.