I finished Kafka on the Shore yesterday… but it was not my favorite. It might be a matter of having expectations too high, but I was disappointed. There were certainly elements of the story that I absolutely loved: an old man who can speak with cats, a truck driver who becomes a reluctant disciple, a boy who finds a secret portal to another world deep in the woods. There were however, several parts of the story that I didn’t care for: some points of the story that did not have an apparent purpose, a few characters that I didn’t care for, but mostly the strange, confusing sexual encounters throughout the book.
I would suggest that you to read Haruki Murakami, just don’t start with this one.