Pinball wizard.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t note Ben Dooley’s find:

Written in 1980, Pinball, 1973 was Murakami’s second novel. It was published by Kodansha and has been out of print for several years, although it’s available at Amazon for a whopping $225.

The book is part of the "Trilogy of the Rat" (actually four books), which begins with Murakami’s first book, Hear the Wind Sing and includes A Wild Sheep Chase and Dance Dance Dance (probably my favorite of his books). Apparently, Murakami refuses to allow either Hear the Wind Sing or Pinball, 1973 to be published outside of Japan, which is ironic, considering both of them are, in my opinion, far superior to either Sputnik Sweetheart or After Dark. This translation, linked below, along with Hear the Wind Sing, was done by Alfred Birnbaum for Japanese readers trying to learn English.

I haven’t read it yet – so far behind on so many things – but it’s on the list.  Click over to the Millions (first link) to download the pdf.

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