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“Silence, I discover, is something you can actually hear.”
– Kafka on the Shore.
Murakami is one of those writers who lure you into this seemingly normal world only to dazzle or shock you with the unexpected. Kafka on the Shore is the third book by the author I read a few months ago.
The book is about a boy named Kafka and an elderly man, called Nakata. While Kafka tries to grasp the world around him, he decides to run away from home to alter his father’s disturbing foretelling. On his journey, he hopes to find his missing mother and sister of whom he only recalls a photo at the beach. Nakata is a gullible old man who lives by the day. He loves cats and relishes eel dishes. Their lives coverage in strange ways as a new inexplicable world gradually unfolds before them. As Kafka and Nakata get intertwined in a world where cats speak and it rains fish, Murakami reveals the events which bring them together. The reader is pulled deep into the pit where Kafka and Nakata’s fates lie.
The writing has a certain captivating flow to it. It reads smoothly and it’s very difficult to put it down once you start to read it. I found myself enchanted by the surreal world that Murakami takes us to. Kafka on the shore in many ways is poignant and leaves you with a deep sense of emotion. The book only gets weirder with every chapter. I am sure you will enjoy reading it as much as I did. The book is likely to ignite your senses.