Thesis research, Murakami, and Taste of Salt

I haven’t been writing much these past few weeks. I’ve had some personal issues to take care of instead. But I have been researching my critical thesis. That means I’ve been watching hours of lectures by and interviews with Joseph Campbell.
I’ve also just finished reading Kafka on the Shore. I read Wild Sheep Chase a couple of years ago and wrote this review. My response to Kafka on the Shore is lukewarm compared to Wild Sheep Chase. There were sections of the novel that dragged and I had to force myself to continue. But some aspects were delightly such as the librarian assistant who befriends young Kafka, Johnny Walker and Colonel Sanders, and the Stone.
Now I am reading Taste of Salt. This is a young adult novel about modern Haiti. The three narrators are: Djo, a street boy who begins the novel by telling his story from a hospital bed after being firebombed; Jeremie, a young girl who is being educated by nuns in hopes of escaping the slums of Port-au-Prince; and President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. So far the story of Djo is incredibly moving and reminds me of the antiwar novel Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo.
The title of the book refers to a Haitian voodoo folk story about a man who was turned into a zombie and could only wake up when he tasted salt.

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