Kafka on the ShoreBook - 2006
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The alternating stories of a boy who has run away from home to escape an Oedipal curse and a man who is able to talk with cats.
multcolib_recommends4 Feb 20, 2014
An unlikely alliance forms between Kafka Tamura, a fifteen-year-old runaway, and the aging Nakata, a man who has never recovered from a wartime affliction, as they embark on a surreal odyssey through a strange, fantastical world.
multcolib_alisonk Feb 03, 2014
I love the fact that the main character finds solace in a library, not to mention the elements of magic realism, including an elderly man who is able to speak to cats.
This tells the parallel, linked stories of a teen runaway and an old man who has had a brain injury which leaves him unable to comprehend much but has given him the ability to talk to cats. Murakami likes to blur the boundary between the real and the surreal.
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It's like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.
"Strength itself becomes your morality... The strength I'm looking for isn't the kind where you win or lose. I'm not after a wall that'll repel power coming from outside. What I want is the kind of strength to be able to absorb that outside power, to stand up to it. The strength to quietly endure things - unfairness, misfortune, sadness, mistakes, misunderstandings."
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