I used it, coincidentally, in my Dissertation, in one of the opening passages, quoting the first page:
“In the spring of her twenty-second year, Sumire fell in love for the first time in her life. An intense love, a veritable tornado sweeping across the plains – flattening everything in its path, tossing things up in the air, ripping them to shreds, crushing them to bits.”[Ch1 p3 Vintage London 2002]
It is very good, so go buy it right now. I’m thoroughly enjoying it; Murakami is an unfathomable ease in reading, something I hope I have, despite obviously not churning out billions of bestsellers.
Lady Gaga last night, on the Paul O’Grady special, said [something along the lines of [when I get the actual quote I’ll pop it in]]:
“I truly believe that if you have the potential to change the world, you have an absolute moral obligation and duty to do everything you can to do so.”
I agree. Kudos, Gaga. It has put a lot of things in perspective for me.
ps – what I forgot to post yesterday, the best video ever. I heart them.