Another masterpiece by Murakami, this time he flawlessly tied two completely unrelated stories into one. His style in writing is nonchalant and yet his skill really shows in this novel.
Two parallel stories ran at the same time, one with Kafka Tamura and another with Nakata. They simply laced together in the end, merging two stories into a wonderful one.
Kafka Tamura is a 15-year-old running away from home, in search of the meaning of life under the influence of his father’s dark prophecy about him. Kafka fled to Komura library and realises that he still has to face the dark prophecy.
Nakata is a senile old man with a heart of a boy. He encountered an enigmatic experience during his childhood, making him a literal man-child after that incident. However, he gained a supernatural power that enables him to communicate with dogs. He uses this power to cash in some extra pocket money in addition to the support given by the state government.
As the stories moved on, many fantasies and inexplicable instances happened in real life, raining fishes, blood on Kafka when he was ‘supposedly’ in a dream and many more. Murakami is able to play with the characters so well that it blended into perfectly into the fantasy world that Murakami created.
8/10, just another novel written by Murakami, with a show of his prolific writing skills.