Classics Old and New Book Group: Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami

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Italo Calvino wrote that a classic is “a book which, upon reading, we find even fresher, more unexpected, and more marvelous than we had thought from hearing about it.” In the Classics Old and New Book Group, we’ll aim to read and discuss fresh, unexpected, and marvelous books with a mix of traditional “classics” and newer works from a diverse range of voices, from George Eliot to Arundhati Roy, Tolstoy to Ta-Nehisi Coates.

In July, we'll be reading and discussing Haruki Murakami's contemporary classic Kafka on the Shore, a novel driven by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who is on the run, and Nakata, an aging simpleton who is drawn to Kafka for reasons that he cannot fathom. As their paths converge, Murakami enfolds readers in a world where cats talk, fish fall from the sky, and spirits slip out of their bodies to make love or commit murder, in what is a truly remarkable journey.

Warning: This title contains depictions of violence, sexual violence, and animal cruelty.