Hear the Wind Sing (The Rat, #1) (1979) by Haruki Murakami is Murakami’s first novel that has only recently been re-released in English.
The book feels very much like other Murakami books. The style, the characters and many of the scenes are things that reappear in his later books. The book is sparse and short and doesn’t stay too long like some of his later works. But also by being short and sparse it feels like it lacks a bit of the depth of later books like Norwegian Wood.
Nonetheless, it’s a good short read and definitely worth a look for anyone who like Murakami and it wouldn’t be a bad introduction to see if you like his style.