I'm not going to pretend I understand every last idea in this book, every last bit about what's going on (or what's not going on), but the thing is, I don't care; it doesn't matter. I still loved every minute of my experience reading this book, and there are so few books that truly feel like an experience. If you've read Murakami before, you'll know what I mean, and you'll know what you're in for. If you haven't, and you're comfortable with the surreal, with metaphysical goings-on, he's so worthwhile it's hard to overstate.
Beyond or anchoring the ideas and dreams and such are the characters, pretty much all of whom are people you love spending time with. And Murakami's sense of humor doesn't hurt, nor does a pervading sense of humanity. I also loved the specificity of detail, in terms of things like music, and physicality, food, bodies.