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08 March 2007 @ 10:25 pm
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami  
I just realized that I loved that comm and that I've woefully neglected it. I'm here to share a bit of one of Murakami's latest novels. Murakami is a favorite of mine, whether in English or in French, but I'm partial to the English translations because they flow better. I hope this'll make you want to read more.


I boil some water and make him some coffee. Like yesterday, I have a cup of Earl Grey. It's started raining outside, pretty heavily. You can hear thunder away in the distance. It's not yet noon, but it's like evening it's so dark.

"Oshima, I hve something I'd like you to do for me."

"What's that ?"

"Can you get hold of the sheet music for 'Kafka on the Shore' somewhere ?"

Oshima thinks it over. "As long as it's on a music publisher's website, I imagine you could download it for a fee. I'll check it out and let you know."

"Thanks."

He sits at a corner of the counter, puts the tiniest lump of sugar into his coffee, then carefully stirs it with a spoon. "So you like the song ?"

"Yeah, a lot."

"I'm fond of it myself. It's a lovely tune, quite unique. Simple yet deep. It tells you a lot about the person who composed it."

"The lyrics, though, are pretty symbolic," I venture.

"From time immemorial, symbolism and poetry have been inseparable. Like a pirate and his rum."