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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore revolves around two characters with an unknown identity. The first is a 15-year old boy who renames himself Kafka Tamura after running away from his Tokyo home where he lived with just his father since his mom and sister had left a decade before. He's running away from a prophecy that portends that he will kill his father and sleep with his mother and sister. His father is murdered and even though he was nowhere near the crime, he finds himself covered in blood. The man who claims to be the murderer goes by the name Nakata, although he claims he was killing a man or spirit who was brutalizing cats. As a child, Nakata was the victim of a strange occurrence that left him in a coma for a while, and once he awoke, the ability to talk with cats. In a story that takes on more hallucinatory tones as reality and identities blur, time becomes uncertain, cats are able to talk, it rains fish, and sex with ghosts is possible. Haruki Murakami is one of the world most acclaimed storytellers and Kafka on the Shore has received high praise. The Independent says, "This novel is Murakami's most addictive fix to date."