Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

I actually read this book in 2012, but it is so good that I have decided to include it anyway. Be prepared to be slightly confused, enraptured and completely involved as Haruki Murakami slides two completely different stories over the top of each other until they cling together to form one story without any troubling edges. 'Things are not what they seem', Murakami suggests, as memories from the past and the perceived reality of the present create new, fanciful ideas of time and even of identity. Beautifully and intelligently written, this book captivates while it subtly presents images and ideas that remain with the reader long after he/she has finished the book.