Kafka on the Shore (2002)- Haruki Murakami
Verdict: Read it!
Kafka Tamura leaves home to become “the toughest fifteen year old on the planet.” Saturo Nakata among many bizarre things talks with cats. Eventually their stories collide, but not in any conventional way. Yes, again Murakami exceeded my expectations.
In Kafka on the Shore Murakami definitively proves that he can tell insanely meandering stories without losing his audience for a second. It may not be my favorite of his works, but it doesn’t have to be. When you put out Material like Murakami, your already better than three-fourths of those writing today.
If you want to give Murakami a try, this may be the book to start with. This is as close to a commercial adventure novel you will likely squeeze out of him, and it is a blast. Did a mention Colonel Sander’s gets a spectacular cameo? Don’t wait any longer. Read it!