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Read: Kafka on the Shore

"Every one of us is losing something precious to us. Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads – at least that’s where I imagine it – there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in a while, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library." 
If you want surreal, fantastic or just plain old weird, then this book is for you.

With a cast featuring a teenage runaway, a memory-less old man, a beautiful ghost, a book loving transgender, talking cats and time traveling soldiers, this would certainly give your imagination a hard time figuring out what to do next.

Murakami is gifted in the way he has somehow connected this weird cast of characters.  Dizzying at first but exhilarating as it ends.

I don't know if I want to read more of his books though...


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