Haruki Murakami is a world renowned author from Japan. He has been praised for his wit and mastery of the storytelling language. He has been heralded as a postmodern master of the medium, often drawing on the emotions that plague us during our dark times while also evoking the happiness of love that comes with life.
While his later works have been characterized by the surreal twist and descents into limbo, his early works were certainly a bit more straightforward. His first foray into fiction can be summarized by his three novels, popularly dubbed as the Trilogy of the Rat.
His first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, was published in 1979. This was soon followed by its sequel, Pinball, 1973 the following year. In 1982, the third installment of the trilogy was released. It was entitled A Wild Sheep Chase.
All of these novels centered on the adventure of its unnamed protagonist and his friend, the Rat. It is a well-known fact that Murakami thought his first two novels were immature and flimsy. However, the third novel was met with critical success and this would push him to further pursue his career in writing.