Mini Book Review | Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami

I don't have have any words.

The above sentence was supposed to be my whole review but I think need to explain why I wrote it. Many of you reading this might have already read this book or is familiar with Murakami's writing. Murakami spins such melancholic tales that after every few pages that I have to hold my breath and think. Think really hard about what I just read.

In Kafka On The Shore, Murakami brings in magical realism, parallel worlds, forbidden love and emotions so strong that it will physically hurt you. Kafka Tamura is a 15 year old who has run away from home to escape a prophecy that has shaken his young world. Kafka leaves Tokyo and comes to Takamatsu, a remote place beside the sea, and starts working in a private library. There he meets Oshima - the young librarian and Miss Saeki - the head of the library. When one day he finds himself in the outskirts of the town, covered in blood, without any memory of what has happened, Kafka doesn't realize but his dark prophecy is about to come true. 

The world that Murakami has woven in this book is indescribable. His words and philosophy about life makes this book a worthy read. Creating two parallel world's and making them work together is a difficult thing and Murakami has perfectly done it. The book unravels is the most beautiful way. I loved how I went all oh-my-god when the revelations took place in the book.

The poetic writing and the woeful undertone made me sad. Real sad. Whenever I tried to put myself in Kafka Tamura's shoe I just couldn't. The sorrowful life of Kafka and at a later part of the book when Kafka's desperation for his love reaches a peak, reading the book became unbearable. 

I guess every avid reader has at least read this work of Murakami. If you haven't yet and the book is sitting on your shelf I would tell you to read it. But a little bit of caution - reading this might make you sad. 


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