Book Review: Kafka on the shore

July 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Kafka on the ShoreKafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As always, reading Murakami is like entering a dream-state that you don’t really want to get out of. Don’t try too hard making sense of everything, they won’t. Just enjoy the narration, and you’ll get through the book in one piece, finding some characters not just amusing, but also comforting.

Murakami seems to be preoccupied with having his characters having sex with older women. The bizarre point in this book for me is that the character considered the girl as his sister, and then still being portrayed as being unable to NOT have sex with her. This got me wondering about the nature and culture of sex in Japan regarding the norm of the “courting” ritual.

A nice review is available via google search, written by David Mitchell http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2005/jan… (he referred to the promiscuity of the teenage Kafka as the imagination of how middle age male writers would have wished to be when they’re younger).

Three stars will have to do. It’s still a reading pleasure though. I particularly love the description of the library, its intimacy the book managed to portray.

NT

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