Kafka on the Shore
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With Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami gives us a novel every bit as ambitious and expansive as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which has been acclaimed both here and around the world for its uncommon ambition and achievement, and whose still-growing popularity suggests that it will be read and admired for decades to come.
This magnificent new novel has a similarly extraordinary scope and the same capacity to amaze, entertain, and bewitch the reader. A tour de force of metaphysical reality, it is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom. Their odyssey, as mysterious to them as it is to us, is enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerizing events. Cats and people carry on conversations, a ghostlike pimp employs a Hegel-quoting prostitute, a forest harbors soldiers apparently unaged since World War II, and rainstorms of fish (and worse) fall from the sky. There is a brutal murder, with the identity of both victim and perpetrator a riddle–yet this, along with everything else, is eventually answered, just as the entwined destinies of Kafka and Nakata are gradually revealed, with one escaping his fate entirely and the other given a fresh start on his own.
Extravagant in its accomplishment, Kafka on the Shore displays one of the world’s truly great storytellers at the height of his powers.
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A parallel story is about a illiterate elderly Toyko man who finds cats by talking to them. he commits a murder and decides to leave Tokyo. He is befriended by a truck driver who seems to be willing to do anything for this man.
It is absolutely surreal what happens afterwords. Fish fall from the sky, WWII soldiers never age and Colonel Sanders points the old man in the right direction.
This book would be a delight for those who love to interpret and have an intellectual read. Although the book is also a delightful straight-forward read, it is sometimes easy to get bogged down in the weirdness.
Between my birthday and now when I have an hour at the library to register, I've read and enjoyed it.
It's an interesting and sometimes strange novel. I loved some of the descriptive passages in the early chapters. And it kept me guessing the whole way - lots of possible theories popped up in my mind to explain what was happening, from space aliens to supernatural forces. Very interesting characters, too.
I'm not sure what I'll do with it next. Right now I'm residing in a very rural area and I don't know if it would appeal to anyone here. I'll think about it.