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Murakami's Kafka on the Shore

Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami I don't really know what to make out of this book. It is magical realism and kind of surrealist. It seems as if it is trying to say something, but what is not exactly clear. Everything in it is ambiguous and it feels like a dreamscape. The scenes in it are good as are the characters. The writing is very good. But what does it mean? Or is it just meant to invoke feelings. The ambiguities of it seem more problematic than they do in things like Kafka or Lewis Carroll which are natural comparitors. It is hard to know exactly what attitude to take about the book. I certainly enjoyed reading it, although it was slightly to long. But its a work where it is hard to know, in what spirit it should be read or if it means anything at all. But the writing is very good. Enjoyable, but left me kind of baffled.