Week 17: 海辺のカフカ - Kafka on the Shore 🏖

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Week 17

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Start Date: Sep 17
Previous Part: Week 16
Next Part: Week 18

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Week Start Date Chapters Page Count
Week 17 Sep 17 34, 35 36

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Just finished reading chapter 34. Really loved this chapter. I feel like so far this half of the book has felt like it is building and building pace (which I’m also really enjoying) but the back half of this chapter felt like a really nice kind of break from that. A little calm before the next storm.

Now on to chapter 35! Where I’m sure more weird stuff will happen :joy:

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I had been focusing on catching up with 八つ墓村 for the better part of the month, so I spent the past few days catching up with カフカ. There hasn’t been too much going on in the past few chapters, except for another graphic and all too real sex scene. It seemed like both sides were pretty happy with the situation, but that’s probably all the more reason that something needed to give - like Kafka temporarily going to his mountain retreat. Plus, Murakami needs to prove to us that he’s not just a pornographer with a mother complex.

As for these chapters feeling like the “calm before the storm,” I mostly agree, except that there already was a big storm! Felt like a bit of an anticlimax. But the 入り口 is open now, so something is bound to go through it sooner or later…

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