Grasping the inner power of reflections in novel, Kafka on the Shore
As I was preparing to say goodbye to 2018, all the while anxious about 2019 looming before me, I had so many thoughts jumbled in my head.
I was far from home, Zimbabwe seemed so far away, and in Germany, Munich, its seemed like my future was also uncertain. With a thousand tasks to do, job applications waiting to be written, phone calls and meetings waiting to be made by me, it felt like just choosing a book to read for myself, was the one thing that l had some kind of control over.
And that is how I came across the extraordinary book by Haruki Murakami, called Kafka on the shore.
I dived deep into the epic story and found myself caught in the writer’s deep and contemplative writing that creates with each turned page more questions than understanding.
In Kafka on the shore, the story revolves around 15year
runaway boy, Kafka Kamura and as the story progresses another second main Character is introduced as an elderly man named Mr Nakata, a Finder of lost cats.
In his transcendent style, the book is narrated through the perspective of the two, who are somehow connected through many oddities and consequential encounters but are destined to never meet.
As the story progresses, Kafka leaves home, moves into a library and falls in love with a strange older woman, on the other side of Mr Nakata, an unknown Cat Killer is murdered and the culprit is never found.
As most stories of Haruki go, there is always the presence of the Metaphysical, the Spiritual, the Mythical bubbling over in each passage. Fish and Slugs rain from the Sky, Cats talks, Entrance stones are searched for and children are abducted in forests.
The normal everyday is blurred and the line between reality and dreams has been broken.
Each passage of the book leaves me with more and more questions and as I the reader continue, I realise like the characters being written, I am caught beyond the boundaries of time and space and am in a world that warps between the seedy and shadowy streets of Shikaku and a magical forest that leads to another world and civilisation.
In the Novel it is very apparent that the veil that separates the natural and the supernatural has been somehow opened or removed and someone has to close using in this case, the Entrance Stone. This stone is believed to be the barrier that closes the portal to another separate world, but in a twist of fate had been removed years before.
In Kafka on the Shore, characters surprise and confuse and the possibility to travel through worlds and realms is a possibility that most of the characters have somehow experienced and Magic has a more sinister sound than normal.
An through its thought provoking monologues, visions and dreams; reading the book, is like bungee jumping, it only can get clearer at the end or after one or two more reads, and in a way, it’s a whole project on its own.
Perfect for Long holidays, Christmas time, Rainy Days and during travels.