If you are the kind of person who wants to know everything — as in every little detail of all the things — this book may not be for you. For in this book, there is more to knowing the facts and being familiar with every aspect of them. Here, there are some things that are better left unsaid. Yet, that does not mean you can no longer understand what’s going on. You may not be able to put things into words but in time, if not right away, you will be able to understand why things take place. Just like in the case of Kafka Tamura, there are some things you would still understand even if you do not hear the exact answers to your questions. Then, no matter how blurred things may be at first, you will eventually realize that such truth (or if it really is), can suffice.
Kafka on the Shore is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom.
As their paths converge, and the reasons for that convergence become clear, Haruki Murakami enfolds readers in a world where cats talk, fish fall from the sky, and spirits slip out of their bodies to make love or commit murder. Kafka on the Shore displays one of the world’s greatest storytellers at the peak of his powers.
(synopsis printed on the back cover)
Anyway, regardless of these things, this book will surely let your mind fly and even get twisted for hours. With all the magic it and its world has, you’ll definitely have a reading experience that’s worth all the time in the world.
In fact, even if you look at the story and its premise from the perspective of a fictionist or a creative writing major, the story still stands out due to its delicate and clever crafting. Despite the absurdity or the oddness of some of its scenes, setups, and characters, it does not seem to come from nowhere. The twist and turns are set-up properly and there is enough foreshadowing of things that are bound to happen — something only great and knowledgeable storytellers can do.
And of course, besides the way it’s crafted, its ability to provoke insights and masturbate the mind is also commendable.