Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
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pages of a Haruki Murakami novel can be like the view out an airplane
window onto tarmac. But at some point between page three and
fifteen--it's page thirteen in
Kafka On The Shore--the
deceptively placid narrative lifts off, and you find yourself breaking
through clouds at a tilt, no longer certain where the plane is headed
or if the laws of flight even apply.
Joining the rich literature of runaways,
Kafka On The Shore
follows the solitary, self-disciplined schoolboy Kafka Tamura as he
hops a bus from Tokyo to the randomly chosen town of Takamatsu,
reminding himself at each step that he has to be "the world¹s toughest
fifteen-year-old." He finds a secluded private library in which to
spend his days--continuing his impressive self-education--and is
befriended by a clerk and the mysteriously remote head librarian, Miss
Saeki, whom he fantasizes may be his long-lost mother. Meanwhile, in a
second, wilder narrative spiral, an elderly Tokyo man named Nakata
veers from his calm routine by murdering a stranger. An unforgettable
character, beautifully delineated by Murakami, Nakata can speak with
cats but cannot read or write, nor explain the forces drawing him
toward Takamatsu and the other characters.
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