I can’t tell you how many times I picked up this book, read a few (or twenty or fifty) pages, put it back down and then didn’t pick it up again for another month (or two or four). The good news is: the narrative was so compelling that I never had to go back and re-read to remember what was happening in the story. The bad news is: the story is so dense and complex, it was challenging to read more than a few chapters at a time (at least until the last two or three hundred pages, when I couldn’t put it down). The over 1,100 pages in the novel and my distracted approach to reading it meant it took me somewhere between one to three years to get to the end. This, however, should not be an indication of the level of amazingness that is Murakami’s latest epic work. Not by a long stretch.