|This is the first book I read by Haruki Murakami. I heard a lot about this author and came across some great reviews but I still did not know what expect.
This is definitely not a regular story. It is twisted, philosophical, spiritual fantasy altogether. The metaphysics reality can be somehow confusing at the beginning. Every character has its own story but they are all connected in some way, but as the story developed the thing are making more sense / or as much as they can. The mystery behind every event is surrealistic. The writing is wonderful, the side stories and conversation as well. There is the contrast between characters and events but in the end everything melts together. It seems like every path has its own meaning and there is symbolism everywhere. There seems to be so much knowledge behind but it was a great experience to read Kafka on the shore.
Few of my favorite quotes:
Pointless thinking is worse than no thinking at all.
Things outside you are projections of what’s inside you, and what’s inside you is a projection of what’s outside. So when you are step into the labyrinth outside you, at the same time you are stepping into the labyrinth inside. Most definitely a risky business.
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.