Wednesday, February 24, 2010

review :: Kafka on the Shore

Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore is a compelling and intriguing story guided by haunting characters and a complex intertwining of lives, time, and memories. The translation was fantastic and the writing reads as seamlessly as if Murakami had written it in English first. 

Murakami definitely pushes the boundaries of time and reality and leaves much up to the reader for contemplation. There are many elements to the story and a strong dose of the metaphysical, making this a book that could be read and pondered several times in reflection on some its deeper meanings, implications, and themes.

There are lots of layers to peel and examine in this riveting tale, but the reader who does not enjoy magical realism and the suspension of belief would not appreciate Murakami's unique style. 

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