Finished Kafka on the Shore [6/15/2008]

The characters in Kafka on the Shore form an ultimate karass that is clouded in doom. Everyone seems to be living in a dark, stormy otherworld. Only Oshima is able to escape being dragged along by fate and prophecy. Kafka seems to willfully act out his curse. Throughout the whole book, I felt like everyone would die at the end. I was surprised that some characters made it out alive.

I kept looking for a connection that explained why the characters were linked together, especially Kafka and Nakata. In that sense the ending was not satisfying because I'm still wondering.

I wonder if in the future Sakura and Hoshino will meet and fall in love. I think that would be cool. It's strange to have two of the secondary characters being the most lovable (at least for me).

Despite all the blatant and excessive foreshadowing I still enjoyed the story because of the mystery and magical-realism.