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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
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Oct 05, 07

bookshelves: magicalrealism
Read in October, 2007

I haven't quite digested this one. Murakami said it's a book with several riddles enmeshed within each other, riddles that can be solved through careful rereadings. I could tell that while reading it. I kept thinking, Man, I ought to get a pencil and make notes on the repeated blood imagery, the juxtaposition of cats with gravitas, the proximity of Kafka with Nakata, only I never bothered. Which means sometime before the year is over, I'll have to look at this one again.

I liked it. It didn't do nearly as much for me as it did John Updike, but I like the non-linear narrative approach, and I like how the main characters still manage to lose themselves in the minutiae of daily life and revel in its meaningfulness, even as they grapple with their own secret toils.

I think the hermaphrodite was supposed to be some kind of angel. I don't mean to suggest there's a Christian overtone in the book, but aren't angels supposed to be non-sexual?

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