Kafka on the Shore

by

Haruki Murakami

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Kafka’s father is a renowned sculptor, best known for a work called “The Labyrinth.” Kafka describes him as cruel and violent, though never fully explains what he means or why he feels this way. Importantly, Koichi issues a prediction that Kafka will sleep with his own mother and older sister, who left the family when Kafka was very young. Koichi also predicts that Kafka will kill him. When Koichi is found stabbed to death in his home, police open a murder investigation. Kafka himself feels that he must be responsible, even though he was nowhere near the scene of the crime.

Koichi Tamura Quotes in Kafka on the Shore

The Kafka on the Shore quotes below are all either spoken by Koichi Tamura or refer to Koichi Tamura. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Kafka on the Shore published in 2006.
Chapter 21 Quotes

“My father told me there was nothing I could to escape this fate. That prophecy is like a timing device buried inside my genes, and nothing can ever change it. I will kill my father and be with my mother and sister.

Page Number: 202
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Koichi Tamura Character Timeline in Kafka on the Shore

The timeline below shows where the character Koichi Tamura appears in Kafka on the Shore. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...and appear older. He spends most of his time studying and reading alone, avoiding his father and staying isolated from his peers. (full context)
Chapter 11
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...family when he was just four, but decides not to tell her anything about his father. Sakura tells Kafka that the only person he can rely on is himself. Kafka sets... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...Kafka a newspaper article titled, “SCULPTOR KOICHI TAMURA STABBED TO DEATH.” The article reports that Koichi, a famous sculptor known for his work “Labyrinth” was found naked in a pool of... (full context)
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...reveals something he’s never told anyone before. He says that a few years ago, his father delivered a kind of prophecy or curse about Kafka, and then repeated it over and... (full context)
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Oshima points out that the prophecy can’t be true, because someone else killed Koichi. But Kafka is hesitant. He theorizes to Oshima that he may have killed his father... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...must have found the other world Miss Saeki longed for. Suddenly, Kafka remembers that his father was once struck by lightning. He wonders if Miss Saeki met him while working on... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...library and chats with Oshima. Hoping to find and question Kafka, the police have tracked Koichi Tamura’s stolen cell phone to Takamatsu. Oshima covers for Kafka, telling the detective that he... (full context)
Chapter 31
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In a rush, Kafka reveals the rest of his theory. He says he believes his father wanted to die because he was in love with Miss Saeki, and, after she left... (full context)
Chapter 33
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...the book about lightning strikes, and Miss Saeki says firmly that she never met Kafka’s father. (full context)
Chapter 39
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...in, telling Kafka that Kafka wants to feel in control. Because he’s already killed his father and slept with his mother, all that remains is to sleep with his sister, as... (full context)
Chapter 41
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...to Sakura and the night before. Again, he thinks that if he’s already killed his father and had sex with his mother, he has to fulfill the prophecy by sleeping with... (full context)
Chapter 43
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...part of him, and he’s actually journeying deeper into himself. He thinks about his cruel father, dying in the empty house. He thinks about his mother, and wonders why she didn’t... (full context)