I spent a whole yesterday’s Easter Mondey sunk in the world of Murakami’s imaginative world. Concretely, I was submerged in his book “Kafka on the shore”, and since I am done with it, I have no choice, but to share my impressions of this book.
Simply put – this novel is absolutely fantastic. The story of fifteen year old school-boy, who wants to become “the strongest fifteen year old boy in the world”, and genial simpleton Mr. Tanaki, who is able to speak with cats and can summon a rain of fish or leeches is simply wonderful.
The storyline is not so straight-lined melancholic, or even depressive, such as Norwegian Wood or South of the border, West of the sun, but some faint melancholia is present and underlines the whole story. The foreboding of the loss of someone near and dear is there…. and this foreboding will eventually come true.
The author’s imagination is really something… I think, that the character of Col. Saunders (the mascot of KFC 🙂 ) will make me laugh for a long time in the future. As well as dialogues between Mr. Tanaki and cats…
This novel is really something. It is a novel with big N, which I have to recommend to all of you, who wants to get something special and maybe find piece of yourself in the storyline.
I found myself in there….
The Czech version can be found here: