Shores & Skies

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“Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn’t something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn’t get in, and walk through it, step by step. There’s no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That’s the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine.

An you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You’ll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others.

And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” (Haruki Murakami, ‘Kafka on the Shore’)

Post is inspired because my friends in London are raving over the sushi & cold sake they had in ‘Sushi-Say’ there today 🙂 Murakami is a very favorite author;somehow I find him very un-Japanese & more English.Very distinctive style of writing when I compare with who I rate as one of the great traditional Japanese writers ,Yukio Mishima.By the way, I don’t like sushi much!

Not the book to start on Murakami though,I personally feel.One would do better to start with his hugely popular ‘Norwegian Wood’ which is less ‘weird’ and has a  very low dose of his type of magical realism. This might help any Murakami virgins out there :). http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/quiz-which-murakami-book-is-right-for-you/

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