byKodansha, 393 pages, $22.00., translated by .
The protagonist of A Wild Sheep Chase returns in Mr. Murakami’s new novel, still bedeviled by irrational events and supernatural meddlers. The man is older, however, and perhaps for that reason the ghostly effects are less extreme and the author’s thesis is openly stated. Mr. Murakami is protesting the subordination of individual human will to the impersonal machinations of international finance. A good novel, if not as exciting as its predecessor—but what sequel ever is?