Hear the Wind Sing is Murakami's first novel, available for the
first time in English outside Japan. In Hear the Wind Sing the
narrator is home from college on his summer break. He spends his
time drinking beer and smoking in J's Bar with the Rat, listening
to the radio, thinking about writing and the women he has slept
with, and pursuing a relationship with a girl with nine fingers.
The story of the narrator, the Rat and J continues in Pinball,