Sometimes I read books and I don’t think I understand them at all, that I’m not smart enough to understand the message the author was sending to us. This is certainly the case with Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami. But that may be because in this novel, reality is unclear. What happens in the characters lives and what happens in their minds intertwine and blur normal boundaries of existence. It’s confusing, to say the least. But it’s also beautiful and captivating. Filled with charming characters and thought-provoking metaphors, even though I feel some of this story went over my head, I also got a lot from it. I’ll enjoy reading it again in the future, probably taking an entirely different perspective and message away with me. For now, here is a quick illustrated quote that stuck in my head.