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Book Review: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

A very good book review on “Kalfka on the Shore” that challenges the certain way we consider novels “timeless” or “good” and how certain things, even back when first published, may have read as problematic. With wit and humour the author of this blog how they have done their research and how they are not pulling punches as a considered “literary heavyweight” can take them.

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The front-cover of the book and probably my favourite part about it, in fact.

I generally like Haruki Murakami’s works. Not Kafka on the Shore though, oh no. This book was just plain bad, y’all.

To summarise, Kafka on the Shore begins with our titular protagonist, Kafka Tamura, prophesied to one day murder his father and have sex with his mother a la Oedipus style. Deciding to abandon home and become “the toughest fifteen-year-old”, Kafka eventually finds sanctuary in Komura Library. Here, he meets Oshima, the worldly librarian who acts as a mentor figure as well as Miss Saeki, the elegant yet distant manager. Kafka’s bildungsroman-esque story runs concurrent to the story of Nakata, an elderly man who, after a tragic accident during a school outing can no longer read, nor does he retain the intellectual sharpness he once had. Nakata lives a relatively peaceful life finding lost cats with…

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