Kafka on the Shore Essay

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Ann Guidry is a freelance writer and editor. In this essay, Guidry examines the literary, cultural, and historical influences that helped shape the structure and content of Kafka on the Shore.

With a novel as hauntingly convoluted as Kafka on the Shore, it seems appropriate to look to the author for clues to the meaning of the book, if not, at least, clues to help answer the many riddles the book puts forth. The fact that Haruki Murakami is Japanese is both important and purely incidental. The novel, like Murakami, is steeped in Western cultural and literary references, but it has a particular quality that reveals its true nationality. An examination of Japanese history, society, and culture and of Murakami's own life reveal much about the mysteries of Kafka on the Shore. To begin to understand the complexities of the novel, it is helpful to study...

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