The Book(s) of Love No. 9: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

kafka on the shore_paige vickers

“What do you think? I’m not a starfish or a pepper tree. I’m a living, breathing human being. Of course I’ve been in love.” 

****

This is one of my recommendations for a Murakami gateway book – the others being After the Quake (if you’re more of a short story person or don’t want to commit to a whole novel at first) and  Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. As with any novel of his, there’s a lot going on.  Talking cats, ghosts of WWII, Johnny Walker, and Colonel Sanders all make an appearance.  However, it’s also an exploration of what it’s like to be young and of what it’s like to be transgender and of what it’s like to be in love.  Arguably, you could say that Murakami does too much to ever do anything well, but I still adore this novel, right down to the bones.  PS. Awesome art above by Paige Vickers.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s