Having seen rave reviews for Murakami’s works, I was waiting for a chance to read one of his books. When I spotted this novel at a bookstore, I was doubly intrigued since the title of this novel featured another author I hadn’t gotten around to reading yet- Kafka. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect; two uninterrupted, idyllic days loomed ahead.
And boy did it turn out to be the best reading weekend in quite some time. I had been stuck in a rut for a while, going back to familiar authors, settings and narratives. Murakami’s style was so different and unlike anything I’d ever read. The language and flow is so hypnotic that you begin to inhabit Murakami’s world- A world where cats talk, sardines rain down and souls travel across time periods.
The twin stories of a teenage run-away and an ageing man with mysterious powers come alive in this tale. ‘Kafka on the shore’ starts off resembling a teenage boy’s tale of self-discovery and rebellion, morphs into a world of magic and finally breaks out as an intensely personal tale of love through the ages. I could go on and on about this one and yet wouldn’t manage to do justice to the masterpiece it is. I have only one word for you- READ!