Book Review: Kafka on the Shore (2002) by Haruki Murakami

Book Review: Kafka on the Shore (2002) by Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami always was the champion of the mundane, taking the everyday lives of unremarkable people and transforming them into pieces of high art in the most remarkable fashion. So, what would happen if he also had a great story in his hands, of remarkable people who live lives where exceptional things happen almost on a daily basis? The answer is given in the most impressive way in “Kafka on the Shore”, probably the best work of the Japanese master.

The story comprises of two axes that intermingle somewhere between the past and the present, although the same does not happen to the two protagonists, who never actually meet. The odd-number chapters focus on self-named Kafka, a 15-year-old boy who runs away from his father’s house to escape a supposed Oedipal curse and in order to find his mother and sister. After a series of adventures,
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