I picked up Kafka on the Shore - the only book by Haruki Murakami that I could find in the biggest bookstore in my hometown. Upon enquiring why they don’t have more books by the author, I got the response that not many people can digest Murakami’s work. I considered this as an intellectual challenge and walked out with the book.
The story is filled with symbols and metaphors, but I couldn't make heads or tails out of any of them. It is a page-turner but for some reason I'm left with this puzzlement and confusion about the ending of the story. There's so many things left unsaid and unfinished. Murakami himself isn't too interested in making sure he answers all your questions either. Anyone got any clues for me? I don’t want to give up on the ‘intellectual challenge’.
The author recommends repeat readings: riddles abound it seems! I'd give that a miss after the first experience.
If magic realism or surreal roller-coasters excite you, you will love this book. Otherwise, you are better off reading the op-ed section of the newspaper.
A bit of caution advised to Johnnie Walker fans as well.