A young student walks into the library just before closing, with questions about the taxation system of the Ottoman Empire. He encounters a strange librarian who tells him he will be unable to leave the library until he memorises the contents of three old books on the subject. Once imprisoned, he meets a man dressed like a sheep and a transparent mute girl of incredible beauty. Worried about his mother and his bird at home, the boy joins with the girl and the sheep man and together they plot their escape.
This short novella, aimed mainly at fans or young adults, has many connections to Murakami’s other work and its true to it on tone and style. Most of us die-hard fans will be looking for more, but this is certainly a collector’s item, made even more beautiful by the illustrations.
A lovely jaunt into the world of Murakami.