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4.0 out of 5 stars Enigma Variations, 8 Jan 2005
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This review is from: Kafka on the Shore (Hardcover)
As a cat lover, I found this book disturbing. After all, who is this Johnnie Walker fella who's hobby is to kill cats? Is he really Kafka's father? Anyone who loves Murakami knows that his tales are full of twists and turns, enigma and loose-ends. Kafka on the Shore is no exception. If you've not become a fan, then you might be annoyed that there is no clear cut ending but if you're happy to go with the flow, to be swept along by a series of inventive characters then you will find this a compelling work.
But interestingly there is a way to unravel some of the mystery.
It's worth knowing that the cat-killing sculptor is based on a real Johnnie Walke who lives in Tokyo. If you know the man, you can begin to understand the connections within the novel. And to do that, you should read pages 186-89 of Extremes: Contradictions in Contemporary Japan by G M Thomas. Walker is described here in some detail.
(And isn't this a literary first? For a real person to appear in a novel and a non-fiction book in the same year?)
But back to the book. There are the usual Murakami favourites like teenage sex but whilst this may not be one of his best it should none the less be read.
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