Kafka on the Shore

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Kafka on the Shore left me breathless.

 

After years of an unnamed but horrific abuse, 15-year-old Kafka Tamura deliberately plans an escape from his father, a man so evil that he steals souls. As Kafka seeks both his fortune and answers to his past in the seemingly random city of Takamatsu, he finds refuge in the stacks of a library, becoming close friends with the assistant and fantasizing that the head librarian is his lost mother.

 

Though the magic realism of this novel begins right away - and is at times complex and seemingly random - about a quarter of the way into the book the plot and characters burst into focus and harmony. The secondary plot (involving a mentally-damaged man who can talk to cats and is on his own quest) all of a sudden aligns with Kafka's life, and the entire story dramatically rises in a tornado of crazy events and emotions: murder, incest, and oedipal prophecy. 

 

The ending of this story was so beautiful that I couldn't read for a full day afterward from the emotional hangover. I can't wait to read more Murakami.

 

Categories: fiction & literature
Comments
by CharlieG31 on ‎01-09-2010 03:21 PM

I will definitely go out and buy it this is simply awesome.

by on ‎02-12-2010 03:23 PM

Breathless,Beautiful,Fantasy,Reality...and all I wanted to do is read more and more of Murakami..Which I did 'The Windup Bird Cronicles,and one other,which has me searching for the name? Illana Simons Blogger on BN actually went to the town where he has his office..She wrote a piece here on BN...CharlieG31..I am on BIF and will find it and post it in our Community Room...Vtc...

by ‎03-25-2010 09:09 PM - edited ‎03-25-2010 09:35 PM

For the record:  a link to an article Ilana Simon's wrote on visiting Japan and Murakami's Studio. The last time I "lost" this, RTA was kind enough to find this for us. Now, I am glad to return the favor for others: Ilana's Journal Week 47:  My Month in Kyoto: Possessed by Haruki Murakami

 

The post with RTA's response is a few down from the conversation on the general Community Board shortly after Murakami's birthday on January 12.

 

Pepper

 

PS -- I just had a miserable time getting this link correct.  I had copied from a PM where it once worked properly.  After I tried it here, it linked back to PM pages rather than to Ilana's blog.  I then chased down RTA's post again and went to the blog itself.  I then tried to update the link, but that did not work.  Unfortunately, I didn't keep either RTA's post or Ilana's blog open, and I had to repeat the whole process, this time re-entering the title!  I have had problems updating a link before, but this is the first time I have had trouble copying one from a PM. 

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