Book Review: ‘Kafka on the Shore’ Is a Surrealist Journey

Another Murakami book has stolen my heart: Kafka on the Shore.

This novel is where Murakami’s surrealist fantastical moments come alive so poignantly and effortlessly. It is as if he himself  has trudged through the thicks of the magical forest, has talked to cats, has gone through time warps, has met Colonel Sanders, and has come across the entrance stone.

If all of this sounds fantastical, it’s because it is. Murakami bends reality so much in Kafka on the Shore, creating a story that flirts with the idea of reality.

Did I mention the Hamlet twist? The “I slept with my mother and sister” narrative? He goes there in a way that is not shocking, but inviting. It is also confusing and intangible during many moments.

If you are looking to start reading Murakami, Kafka on the Shore is a good place to start. It is very Murakami-esque with a large hint of surrealism which is what makes him the author that he is.

It is difficult to give a book review of Murakami’s novels because uncovering the aspects in his plots are meant to be uncovered as you are reading his words – not mine.

All I can say is go to the bookstore, grab Kafka on the Shore (or any Murakami novel for that matter), and just read. You’ll thank me.

For more Murakami reviews – Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles.

Ah I fall in love more and more with every Murakami book I read. If there are any Murakami fans, please raise your hand! Let’s chat, let’s connect, let’s love literature.

by scout

Read Kafka on the Shore here.


Scout is the curator and Editor-in-Chief of REVUE by scout. When not fostering REVUE, you can catch Scout reading, writing, out for lunch with friends, or cuddling on the couch with her fiancé and puppy Lola. Scout comes from both the digital and print publishing worlds with experience that ranges from operational to creative. Experience her aesthetic world with REVUE.

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