"Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves. So anyone who's in love gets sad when they think of their lover. It's like stepping back inside a room you have fond memories of, one you haven't seen in a long time." ~Oshima, Kafka on the shore.
As people might have guessed, yes Oshima is one the favourite characters of mine in the book. And I have just adjectives to describe the impact of the book on me. Its psychedelic, disturbing, enjoyable, therapeutic, chaotically difficult and immensely fascinating read. Murakami transported me to Nogata, Nakano Ward, Takamatsu, Shikoku, Kobe, Tokushima, the mountains in Kochi and the shrine, even the highways. His writing was so enthralling and felt so real that I couldn't help but fall for it. Also love the bond between Nakata and his travelling Buddy, Hoshino which warmed my heart gently.