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February 15, 2008

Kafka on the Shore

While having breakfast this morning I finished "Kafka on the Shore". I really recommend this book to everybody who enjoys an intelligent and spellbinding read. That book got me into thinking about some serious stuff. Well, the book is describing the journeys of two persons: Kafka Tamura who ran away from home at the age of 15 and Mr. Nakata who is not very bright due to a bizarre accident in his youth. There are some really bizarre bits in the story e.g. Mr. Nakata being able to talk to cats and stones, fish raining from the sky, two never-aging soldiers waiting in a forest for more than 60 years and appearances of Johnnie Walker and the Kentucky-Fried-Chicken-Man but they fit perfectly into the plot and contribute to the book's magic. It is easy to identify oneself with Kafka who is searching for a reason to live, because: who's not searching for it ??? The chapters are not too long and tell in alternating turns the tale of the two main characters and the people they meet along the way. I don't want to say anymore about the book because it would spoil the fun for those who want to read it. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was one of the few that managed to get me addicted to it.

The book I started this afternoon is "Veronika decides to die" by Paulo Coelho. I really like the way he's writing but more about that book when I'm finished with it.

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