“Kafka on the shore” – Haruki Murakami review

The reason why I chose this as my next blog is I have read this book and wanted to share my opinion. After all, good writings are no harm to share!

Before getting into the review of this book by Haruki Murakami, I want you to get a picture of his works. Of course, this is from my point of view. He mainly focuses on a central character and the story unfolds. His stories enfolds in a Japanese environment as he is from Japan. I like his writings because he brings out the courage to deal situations no matter how good or bad they are, by showing it is all within you. This is exactly similar to the real world. I presume this is the same feeling for most of his readers and followers.

The story starts with a fifteen-year-old boy named Kafka, who is with fortitude and is prepared to leave home so that he could avoid a daunting prophecy told by his father. Another thread goes in twain to this, which is about another important character that took place in the mountains of Japan. It gripped me as an audience because it kindled suspense. However, I felt this was of no use later. The way the author created this fiction with two parallel stories, of two different people and two different worlds which converge and diverge was beautiful. I believe it is for this reason, the book is magical and reached millions of people.

I feel every character has something to say to the reader. As told earlier, the two main characters are Kafka and Nakata, who is presently 60 years old man. There is something to learn from other characters too in the plot. One such character is Oshima, the librarian by profession. He is a bold, straightforward, gentle and a knowledgeable person. Kafka who reaches this place by destiny gets help from him in terms of job at the library and a room to live. During his days in the library, he meets the head of it, Miss Saeki, a 50-year-old, another crucial character in the thread. 

She is a woman who is struck with the memoirs of her lover who died when she was twenty. The story unravels with Kafka and Miss Saeki. The relationship between them seems to be weird in the beginning, but it takes its course to convince the readers by the author. On the other hand, Nakata who has some ethereal powers like talking to cats, making fishes and leeches fall from the sky gets trapped in an incident. Here, he is forced to kill a mysterious personality. I feel it as an important twist because it leaves the reader in confusion! However, this feeling gets carried away until it settles down with the next incident to happen. 

Nakata decided to move from that place and on his way, he meets a guy named Hoshima. The bond between the two grows stronger as with the story. Both of them journey together until they reach Takamatsu, where Kafka lives. This turns out to be a curious turn in the tale. While travelling in a literal sense also in a metaphorical way in life, they both get to know each other well. Hoshima helps Nakata find ‘the entrance stone.’ Murakami in his narration has a tinge of mixing philosophy and intellect in this phase of the story. Once found, Nakata tries to conversate with the stone which sounds insane. But as a reader, who is familiar with his personality don’t find it strange anymore. Things from here take their course in a mesmerizing way leading to the climax.

“Silence I discover, is something you can actually hear” – Haruki Murakami ( Kafka on the shore ).

Now, what’s the prophecy on Kafka by his father and will it happen? Will Nakata’s and Kafka’s path come across? Will Kafka get answers that he was seeking? How will he accept his fate? What destiny shows him? Are the questions that will arise and will be found in KAFKA ON THE SHORE!

I hope I have aroused enough curiosity to read this book by the review!

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  1. Durga good job it really made us curious to read this book. Each and every character u mentioned makes us to know more about them. Thanks for the review, keep going !!

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