S: Kafka on the Shore
FC: KAFKA ON THE SHORE NOVEL BY HARUHI MURAKAMI MIXBOOK BY SHANNON CORBO
2: "Closing your eyes isn't going to change anything. Nothing's going to disappear just because you can't see what's going on. In fact, things will be even worse the next time you open your eyes. Only a coward closes his eyes. Closing your eyes and plugging up your ears won't make time stand still." - Johnnie Walker
3: plot summary.
4: Kafka on the Shore is about a fifteen-year-old boy named Kafka Tamura, who leaves home in search of answers; and an old man named Nakata who is also in search of something, but cannot read or write. Kafka befriends Oshima, a wise librarian who guides him on his journey, and Nakata befriends Hoshino, a rowdy truck-driver who helps the old man on his own journey.
5: The two main characters never meet, but there is a connection between their separate storylines. It is difficult to describe the novel as one genre-- it's very fantasy-like (fish raining from the sky, talking cats) yet realistic at the same time. There's a lot of suspense, some romance (but nothing mushy), even the occasional humor. The book has a lot of ongoing metaphors-- Beethoven's music, dreams and reality, etc. There's a lot to process.
6: "Things change every day, Mr. Nakata. With each new dawn it's not the same world as the day before. And you're not the same person you were, either." - Hagita
7: main characters.
8: KAFKA. Kafka Tamura is a fifteen-year-old boy who runs away from his home, prepared to begin a life of his own and determined to find his mother and sister. He repeatedly tells himself he has to be the toughest fifteen year old in the world. Kafka has worked hard to build a sort of wall around his emotions, but even the toughest fifteen year old in the world cannot stop the wall from crumbling sometimes.
9: NAKATA. Satoru Nakata is a mentally disabled old man. At the age of six he was involved in a strange accident, where he lost his memory and the ability to read and write. He often informs people that he is "not very bright." Nakata seems to breeze through life in whichever direction it chooses to take him. He is kindhearted and never wishes to impose trouble on anyone.
10: OSHIMA. Oshima is a 21-year-old female, living as a male (therefore, very few know he is actually female). He is one of the first people Kafka meets after running away from home, and works as a librarian. Oshima is calm at all times, wise, and grows close to Kafka and teaches him many things throughout the novel. He is fond of reading and classical music.
11: HOSHINO. Hoshino is a truck driver in his mid-twenties who befriends Nakata, who had been hitchhiking. At first he simply decides to help Nakata out by driving him toward his uncertain goal because of his resemblence to his own grandfather, whom he greatly respected, but grows attached to Nakata and decides to stay with him and help him throughout his journey. Hoshino is impulsive and seems like a "bad boy" at first, but he's a truly good guy.
13: MISS SAEKI. Miss Saeki is the owner of the library Oshima (and later, Kafka) works at. She is quiet and mysterious, polite and pleasant toward those she meets but seemingly hiding something behind her smile. She is a key part of the storyline; Kafka believes that she could be his mother. Miss Saeki had a tragic past, and since then became very reserved, floating through life as if she were not really there.