Kafka on the shore

I’m still not really sure what exactly is the point of Haruki Murakami’s “Kafka on the Shore”, a novel that I have recently finished. The story follows 2 characters: Kafka Tamura, a fifteen year old running away from his home, and Nakata, an old man who can talk to cats after an accident. They don’t know each other, but a string of events connect their lives in a mysterious and mythic way. Until the end, their lives do not cross, and there are many questions that are still left unanswered. That may be why I find the ending kinda disappointing. 

 However, what I appreciate about “Kafka on the shore” is the way it gives us a sense of timelessness – what it is like to be stuck in a world where time does not matter. Muramaki once again shows how talented and powerful he is as a writer. He knows how to make mundane moments become poignant and how to make readers feel like they are floating in an unending stream of dream and time. So, even if I can’t make sense of the plot, I can feel its essence, which is perhaps what Murakami plans to engrave in his readers’ heart and mind. 

“Time weighs down on you like an old, ambiguous stream. You keep on moving, trying to slip through it. But even if you go to the end of the earth, you won’t be able to escape it. Still, you have to go there, to the edge of the world. There’s something you can’t do unless you get there”

_Kafka on the shore – Haruki Murakami_