27 Jan / Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, translated by Philip Gabriel [in AsianWeek]
Here’s the set up: a 15-year-old boy runs away from home possibly in search of his long-missing mother and sister, and is befriended by a library employee and a young hairdresser; a seemingly mentally challenged man who was the victim of a mysterious wartime coma is out roaming the streets in search of a missing cat because he has the ability to communicate with the feline breed. In Murakami’s ever-surprising world, these two unlikely characters will meet and more … it’s a delicious, shocking, entertaining adventure you won’t want to see end. Warning: Murakami is totally addictive.
Published: 2005 (United States)