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Review: Kafka on the Shore

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Kafka on the ShoreKafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book leaves me stunned and in hunger for another Murakami’s works. I just have to read other titles to make sure whether the reading has really found a place in my heart or it’s all just a confusion that I will never understand.

The early chapters got me used to various ways of story telling. In fact, I think it lasted till the end. It was also rich in references. Most of them were about world famous literatures which was understandable and made me wonder how many he had read.

At first, I thought Kafka was only a weird name used to capture the readers’ attention. But apparently, it was from the German novelist, Franz Kafka, and it was a Czech word for an animal, an animal which had certain role in the story. I found several of this kind of connecting detail and I love it.

Back to references, it seems like that almost every characters in this book had made one at some point. It might be one of the drawback of this book because no matter what the background was, whether the character’s 15 year old boy or a truck driver, they eventually could get engaged at heavy topics in which the references helped perform a good analogy.

I said almost every characters because I think the only one who didn’t do that was the old man who couldn’t read. So, I think it has a good point because it teaches me to look pass people or even my own background and take reading as a powerful tool.

The other drawback was few pages here and there that I skipped reading. I took them as accessories to the story and to me they were horrible or gross or things I didn’t like to read.

Last, there are holes in my understanding of the story. There are questions like ‘what exactly happens?’ or ‘what’s the point of that event? why does it seem like a changing course?’, questions like that. But when I came to the last page of the book, I felt satisfied with the whole package and didn’t want to have the story changed for a bit.

.. The drowning girl’s fingers Search for the entrance stone, and more. Lifting the hem of her azure dress, She gazes – at Kafka on the shore

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Written by Elfira Y S

December 27th, 2010 at 10:09 am

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Review: The Name of this Book Is Secret

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The Name of this Book Is SecretThe Name of this Book Is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The narrator is a bit peculiar and that is exactly why I will definitely read all the books in Secret Series! He maintains two-way communication with the reader throughout the story and he is addicted to chocolate.

The series are a pentalogy since there are 5 senses. This first book is about smell.

I think the book is educating (especially for children) in a very entertaining way. There are a lot of notes of various common knowledge including one big point about synaesthesia, a neurogically-based condition which makes people experience sensory mixture. This book makes me wonder how life feels like when I adopt synaesthesia.

Can’t wait to run into the book store and grab the rest!

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Written by Elfira Y S

December 12th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

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My Cup Of Tea Today

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I am not a tea lover. I am not a tea hater. My relationship with tea has always been consumer-product without any special feeling.

When I drink tea, that means I might be at home because it is a custom in my family to serve tea in the morning. I love the tradition, not the beverage.

I can mention 2 favourite brands of tea that would be my first choice at the convenience store if I ever need some coolness running down my throat (it’s Bali!). I think the third brand is nowhere to find nowadays.

But today I took one cup because something snapped at me. I unintentionally set my eyes to the property of a friend at the office and when he kindly offered the little package that I had never seen before, I immediately accepted it. Judging from the writing on it, it was a Chinese tea.

I ran into the office pantry and made it and drank it. All that time, there was nothing in my mind but the tea. I put all my attention to the tea. I did it to leave me unattached temporarily with things I didn’t want to face. Simple words, I did it so I could run away for a moment. I think. People do that, don’t they?

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December 6th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

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