Friday, June 26, 2009

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

There is something about a Murakami book that leaves a resonating impact on my mind, as if multiple layers and meanings lurk behind every word and, if I look hard enough, I will find the key to something beyond the realm of consciousness. Kafka on the Shore is a story about a teenager named Kafka who runs away from home to escape an oedipal prophesy that predicts he will kill his father and sleep with his long lost mother and sister. His life is mysteriously connected to an elderly man who gained the uncanny ability to talk to cats and make it rain fish after he lost consciousness during a school field trip in WWII. What follows is a journey toward human connectedness as the boundaries between the physical and immaterial world blur.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PL856.U673U4813
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Ashley Bloomfield, Program Assistant, Rodgers Center
Rating: Recommended

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