This was Haruki Murakami's second novel. It's a difficult book to find as the author has stated he is displeased with his first and second book and there is no current in-print English translation. It is unfortunate because ii is not a bad novel at all. It appears Murakami's "worst" novel is better than most writers' best novel. It can be called an immature work. It rambles and there is a struggle by Murakami to find a coherent whole. He is definitely a developing writer at this point. Yet the Murakami fan will find plenty to like. You can see his themes being explored and developed. You can also find those strange items that reoccur in most of Murakami's books: There is a well, cats and lots of jazz. Pinball, 1973 is a pleasant novel but one only for the seasoned Murakami reader who can appreciate experiencing the early development of this seminal Japanese author.