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Kafka on the Shore | Study Guide

Haruki Murakami

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Haruki Murakami

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Perspective and Narrator

Kafka on the Shore uses first-, second-, and third-person narrative alternately. Half of the story is narrated by the protagonist, Kafka, in the first person; sometimes Kafka's narration shifts into the second person. The other chapters are written in the third person.


Kafka on the Shore is written primarily in the past tense.

About the Title

The title phrase "Kafka on the shore" appears in multiple scenes throughout the narrative. "Kafka" is the name of the protagonist. "Kafka on the Shore" is also the name of a song that is critical to the plot and of a painting of a young man on the seashore that also has meaning in the narrative.


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