“kafka on the shore”, a tour through a metaphysical reality follows the two very odd characters: a teenage boy, kafka tamura, who runs away from home either to escape an oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an older man nakata, who never recovered from a childhood accident, happened during world war II, and now is drawn toward kafka for reasons that he cannot explain.
for the good part of the book, i was trying to understand and rationalize what was happening, but it kept on getting more mysterious as i was reaching to an end. only when i decided to relax, try to accept its mysteriousness and see what happens, i realized how amazing this book is and how much i like it!
once i got rid of my habit to try to connect and comprehend everything (yes, i’m an engineer afterall), i came across to many interesting quotes, which i wrote down, as usual.
the first set of quotes i am to present here are advises on how to overcome certain situations we all might be facing.
“whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting.”
“listen, every object is a flux. the earth, time, concepts, love, life, faith, justice, evil – they’re all fluid and in transion. they don’t stay in one form or in one place forever.”
“a certain type of perfection can only be realized through a limitless accumulation of the imperfect.”
this book also focuses on the past moments and memories. its characters are highly nostalgic; however they remind us even though we should keep our memories always with us, we still have to let some things go and move on.
“people need a place they can go back to. there’s still time to make it, i think. for me, and for you.”
“memories warm you up from the inside. but they also tear you apart.”
as usual, i saved my favorite quote for last.
“if you remember me, then i don’t care if everyone else forgets.”
i dedicate it to all those who were my biggest support in the past year, my husband, my sister, and to my close friends.. and one in particular.. to my friend samira, who always looks at things from another point of view and who enjoyed “kafka on the shore” as much as i did.