a postmodern novel

May 24, 2011 § 5 Comments

kafka on the shore“kafka on the shore” by haruki murakami is definitely one of the most destructivist novels i have ever read. almost nothing is by the book. people appear and disappear in the story without serving any purposes, too many loose ends left to the readers imaginations, the main characters are undeveloped and at the same time a side character is over-developed. surreal events like raining fish and leeches, random characters like kfc’s colonel sanders and johnnie walker play important roles even though their job is pimping and cat killing, and so many other unconventional adventures.

characters cannot escape their fate despite their best efforts, and at the same time they are contented and even happy to surrender to their destiny, as if stoicism is ruling the world. nothing is defined as a rigid rule, there is no right and wrong, there is no predefined relationships, no taboos, no sacred objects, everything shapes as the story progresses and as colonel sanders explains:

every object is in flux. the earth, time, concepts, love, life, faith, justice, evil – they’re all fluid and in transition. they don’t stay in one form or in one place forever.

all in all the story is very fun, full of surprises, full of metaphors, and of course strongly recommended.


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