Murakami update

Today Kafka on the Shore goes on sale. The Boston Globe reviewed it yesterday, saying among other things, “Indeed, in some respects this book is a primer on existentialism, but in Murakami’s capable hands, weighty philosophical matters are unpretentiously filtered down to a simple, poignant question posed by a boy who was abandoned by his mother, a man-child without moorings, who wonders, ‘All I know is that I’m totally alone . . . Is this what it means to be free?'”