Friday, 25 July 2014
Review - Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Reading Murakami reminds me that there is far too much logic in fiction. The vast majority of the world's fictional characters inhabit a world in which every action has a rational explanation. Even sci fi and fantasy novels come equipped with their own internal logic. In creating these fictional landscapes, authors are ignoring the fact that we live in an irrational and illogical world.
An old creative writer once told me: 'The world makes no sense, but in stories, everything needs to make a sense.' As inspirational as that particular teacher was, I disagree with him on that point.
Murakami is the master of illogical fiction. Kafka on the Shore is the perfect example of a world in which reality is open to interpretation, and in which unexplained phenomena dominate. It portrays a world in which we spend half of our lives - a dream state.
It's pretty much the closest you can get to a perfect novel.
Despite the reference in the title, Murukami is an altogether different writer to Kafka - and in my opinion he's of equal importance.