Norwegian Woods or Kafka on the shore? Which one is the best to start with Murakami? What are the themes of each book?
On /lit/ we don't condone of the writings of "authors" (it seems ridiculous to call him one) that freshmen in college read (the liberal and female variety, that is).
Here is what you need if you want to be a true enlightened patrician literature afficionado:
David Foster Wallace - Infinite Jest
Thomas Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita
Dostoyevski - The Brothers Karamazov
Max Stirner - The Ego and its Own
These are /lit/-approved books that make or break you as an intellectual powerhouse
The thing to understand about Murakami is that he writes two types of books: those that are so surreal that they are banal; and those that are so mundane that they are banal.
I'd start with Wild Sheep Chase.
Only read two of his books and those are literally oblivious anime protag living the harem life.
Do they get any better?
I really don't like romance novels, and expected something else from Tokyo blues.
I know you uppity clits hate audiobooks but all of his books read by Rupert Degas are fucking awesome. I love the guy's voice.
A Wild Sheep Chase and Dance, Dance, Dance are pretty good.
And then they can mock you for not having the same analysis. It's just a ploy for "intellectuals" to feel superior. Piss off champ.