Art Gallery Book Club
Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami
The Art Gallery Book Club meets every second month at the Gallery to discuss books, enjoy great art, and share a glass of wine and a bite to eat.
In January, our book will be Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. Join us in the Study Room for a friendly and open discussion about this novel, mythic and contemporary taboos, and the Japanese sense of the supernatural.
About the book
Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father’s dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down. Their parallel odysseys are enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerising dramas. Cats converse with people; fish tumble from the sky; a ghostlike pimp deploys a Hegel-spouting girl of the night; a forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since WWII. There is a savage killing, but the identity of both victim and killer is a riddle.
Murakami’s novel is at once a classic quest, but it is also a bold exploration of patricide, of mother-love, of sister-love. Above all it is an entertainment of a very high order.