Wow. What can I say about Kafka on the Shore? What can I say about Murakami?
It’s been a long while since I read a 500 page book in the space of a couple of days. Whether this is because of Murakami’s simplistic yet elegant prose or whether it’s the way he engulfs you in the prophetic tale of Kafka and Nakata I don’t know.
Murakami’s style starts off mundane. There are long descriptions of the clothes certain characters are wearing or the food they’re eating. Yet, before you know it you’ve been hypnotized into a dreamlike state where you’re trying to make sense of all the surreal events that are happening in this seemingly ‘normal’ world.
The book is split into two alternating, interweaving tales and it may be this that makes it extremely hard to put it down. Kafka’s story begins as a stereotypical ‘boy runs away from home’ adventure but turns into more of a Alice In Wonderland-like down the rabbit hole sort of fable. Nakata and Toshino’s relationship on the other hand is both gripping and heartwarming. I found myself constantly second guessing the meaning behind every situation they encounter, some of which are explained and some of which aren’t.
Anyway, I could blab on and write a full blown review about everything I liked about this book, but I wanted to write this not as a review but as sort of teaser to a book that I truly loved reading. This was my first venture into Murakami’s writing but one thing is for certain, it will definitely not be my last.