Haruki Murakami’s 2002 novel tells the story of a teenage boy whose search for his long-lost mother and sister takes him on an adventure too surreal for words.
Magical realism is a genre that has been mastered by Murakami and comes alive in this book through the story and its characters, from a simpleton who can talk to cats and cats who actually talk, to a boy whose Oedipal fate seems inescapable.
From a woman whose broken heart got too broke for fixing, to a young man who is not at all as he seems. Kafka on the Shore is a must-read for anyone dying to go on a unique literary adventure. I dreaded finishing this book because I just didn’t want the experience to end.
By: Cynthia Yushida