Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

By: Jimmie Hunter

Kafka On The Shore is our fifth Haruki Murakami novel reviewed here on By The Book, plus it does amaze me that Haruki Murakami is reasonably nicely trenchant in his views. Most authors often go onto territory that we as readers can not place from one novel into another, however with Mr. Murakami we do tend to view most of exactly the same verbiage and tones that his previous tomes have elicited. As a great writer, nevertheless, Mr. Murakami has the ability to keep matters very intriguing, something which 99.9% of authors with this world would be unable to fathom. Astonishingly Mr. Murakami appears to truly bring back his fairyland from Hard-Boiled Wonderland At The End Of The World, into Kafka, it's an albeit short trip this time, we didn't care for Mr. Murakami's fantasy in Wonderland, but I am beginning to question if maybe Mr. Murakami had a Lucid Dream of this 'After Universe' of his.

Let me perhaps not get off-track. Kafka On The Shore begins with a young 15 year old boy, Kafka Tamura, who has switched his name to Kafka. Kafka is a distressed young man who believes that there is something missing in his life specially pertaining to his dad a famous sculpture artist in Tokyo. Kafka runs away from house and his experiences throughout the novel are a leading part of it. There's another storyline yet on the uneven numbered chapters of the book, this one about an old gentleman, Nakata, who, as is clarified in the novel, was involved in an unexplainable event with about 20 other kids when they were school age, which has left Nakata a bit slow.

As things progress Kafka travels to Takamatsu, to some particular private library, where he meets up with Oshima a transsexual gay male! Kafka is afterward introduced by Oshima to Miss Saeki, who's an eerie but amazing woman who we learn was once a famed singer of an one hit wonder, when she was a teen. In addition, we learn that Mrs. Saeki is in eternal mourning for a 'sensitive' 'soul lover' she once had who was killed at an early age. Right here you see, we've a Murakami book at our fingertips! These are surely Murakami characters! The fun though is to see how he'll stop it and what Murakami will do with them.

Meanwhile, Nakata, who calls himself 'Dense' quite a lot is residing on his authorities stipend and does the off job of capturing lost cats, who he can actually speak to. Yes, Nakata can discuss to the cats, and this really is how he gets into a bit of trouble and ends up somehow entangled in Kafka's life through an unfortunate meeting with Kafka's very own sculpture daddy. This is a spooky part of the novel, and one wonders exactly what is in play as these occasions are occurring. Be that as it may Nakata is rather 'religious' to use that too frequently used word, he can make fish drop from the heavens as well as leaches. Mr. Nakata determines to leave Tokyo after his meeting with Kafka's father and meets up with a youthful truck driver, Hoshino, and a quest grows among these two to locate The Opening Stone, which opens a very exceptional world.

There are lots of fascinating things going on here, as Nakata appears for this Stone it Hoshino nearer to Kafka and brings him. Kafka working at the library meets a young 15 year old likeness of Mrs. Saeki, in a dream state, and seems to fall in love with her... and we start to learn that Nakata's Dad had some uncommon premonitions about him. And yes, what would a Murakami book be without the woods! Kafka is taken there to 'hide out' by Oshima in a Cabin that Oshima and his brother own.

As the book continued into these odd worlds and manners of thinking I had been just starting to prefer the tale of Hoshino and Nakata to that of Kafka's.

Well all this might seem somewhat confusing for you! But maybe that is for the best to prepare you for this work which you won't actually be capable to put along side of say, War And Peace, as a clear-cut novel. No, one must step a bit otherwise in a Murakami novel. Here, Mr. Murakami has stretched his time honored tendencies into a workable whole that is satisfying and Beguiling... that's in caps. I presume Beguiling isn't a terrible way to describe the work of Writer Haruki Murakami. If this is going to be your first Murakami novel then it's a great one for you to select.

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