Kafka on the Shore


Haruki Murakami

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Kafka on the Shore: Chapter 14 Summary & Analysis

Nakata stakes out the grassy lot for several days, waiting for some sign of Goma. One day he meets a black and white cat, Okawa, who warns him that Goma is mixed up in some dangerous business that he’d rather not talk about. That evening, a huge, fierce-looking black dog lumbers into the empty lot. He seems to be beckoning Nakata to follow, and he does. The dog leads Nakata to a neighborhood he’s never seen before, and into the living room of a large stone house. Seated on a swivel chair inside is a mysterious man in a long red coat, black vest, white trousers, and tall black boots. He takes a sip of whiskey and introduces himself as Johnnie Walker.
As he searches for Goma, Nakata demonstrates the relative contentment of his very solitary existence. Meanwhile, the omen-like warnings of the cats—which seemed as if they must be either untrue or exaggerated from a cat’s perspective because of how extreme they were—prove to be true when Nakata is led to the home of a strange man who matches the description provided by the cats.
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Johnnie Walker reveals that he has Goma, and that he will give Nakata an opportunity to get her back. But first, he says, they will play a game. Nakata stays silent.
Nakata’s ability to continue supporting himself through the unique business he has established hangs in the balance in this surreal encounter.
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