Bas Bleu: Kafka on the Shore, deux

Tuesday, April 14 at 5:30

At Sarah Threlkeld's home:

Tuesday, April 14th, 5:30pm

717 Crest Road Southeast

Huntsville, AL

256.975.2136

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Discussion possibilities:

  • Shinto
  • bildungsroman
  • karma
  • symbolism
  • the many faces of self/ dual identity
  • literary movements and influences
  • role that music plays in the story
  • parallel narratives
  • love of reading
  • Oedipus
  • unconventional concept of time
  • blurred boundaries
  • "prototypical memory"
  • nature of reality
  • the labyrinth
  • love
  • metaphor

Some interesting links about the novel:

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

From The Washington Post:


If bizarre things are happening in Japan, then there must be a new novel by Haruki Murakami. America's favorite Japanese novelist could publish this anonymously, and his fans would instantly recognize it as his. And for first-time readers, Kafka on the Shore is an excellent demonstration of why he's deservedly famous, both here and in his native land. He writes uncanny, philosophical, postmodern fiction that's actually fun to read; he's a more serious Tom Robbins, a less dense Thomas Pynchon. Like those two, he mixes high and low culture, especially ours: Two of his novels are named after Western pop songs ("Dance Dance Dance" and "Norwegian Wood"), and his characters are more likely to see a film by Truffaut than one by Kurosawa. In this new novel, characters may occasionally discuss The Tale of Genji and the novels of Natsume Soseki, but the presiding influences are Plato, Sophocles and, as the title indicates, Franz Kafka.