Franz Kafka on the Shore

The Man

Franz Kafka was a German-language writer of novels and short stories. His work, which fuses elements of realism and the bizarre explored themes of alienation, existentialism, anxiety, guilt and absurdity. He trained as a  Lawyer, worked in insurance, never married and was brought up in a middle class family. He had very few works published but his work stood out and was deemed by many as fascinating. He died of Tuberculosis in 1924 at the age of 40.

The term Kafkaesque refers to the style in which Kafka wrote his books. It describes a nightmarish situation which most people can relate to, although strongly surreal. With an ethereal “evil” omnipotent power floating just beyond the senses. The book Kafka on the sure embodies the Kafka concept, and takes you on wild journey beyond this world and the next.

The Book – Kafka on the Shore

The main character is a 15 year old boy who hates his father and runs away from home, his name’s Kafka. The secondary character is an elderly man who is rendered mentally defective at a young age and then develops the ability to talk to cats. The two characters embark upon personal journey’s which slowly unravels through each turn of the page. The journey is full of self-analysis, growth, spirituality and passion. Other worlds are explored and the human condition is opened up and thoroughly explored. It is a good book, which draws you in and will make you question what you think is important in life. The characters are strong in personality, but the one who stands out most is the Colonel Sanders (from KFC) who is a pimp and helps guide you through an important transition in the book. This book essentially is a love story, and love as a concept is pulled apart and put together in a variety of fashions and in a variety of dimensions. I enjoyed most of the book, and definitely recommend it for the curious minds.

Rating – 5/8


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