A great book, and guess what? SDF is mentioned there, but it stands for Sefl
Defence Force. :-)
The main characters are Kafka Tamura and Nakata, who by sort of coincidence
leave Nakano Ward in Tokyo
and go to Takamatsu in Shikoku, but nobody knows if they have ever met each
other. Well, in a way they have.
Kafka is a 15 year old boy who shares an apartment with his father though they
never meet each other, and he goes to meet his mother and sister.
Nakata is dumb as a result of an incident that took place back in the days of
the second world war when he was a kid.
If you read it you'll find more about the book. I guess it is about artists
and their work; I think so because of references to Bethoven's music and
biography. When people enjoy art, they usually don't give an ef about the
artist's personality. I've only read it twice; maybe next time I'll find more.
Now, why Kafka? Murakami book has been influenced by Kafka. For example, I've
read in Wikipedia that Hard-boiled Wonderland has been
influenced by *The Castle*, which I have not read yet. But I've read the trial,
and I see that in Kafka on the Shore, Hoshino does something which Joseph K.
has failed to do.