Kappa Quartet is unlike any novel I’ve ever read. It’s got the magical realism elements of Murakami weaved together with the page-turning anticipation of J. K. Rowling.
Each of the 8 chapters is narrated by a different character, which gives different facets of the story. The book is about Alvin, a Singaporean, who was born without a soul. He lived normally all his life until a visit to Japan made him realise what he lacked. He began to desire to have a soul and then went around to get one. I’ll leave out the ending so that you can read the book and discover it for yourself.
As a fan of all things Japanese, I loved the setting and the many details scattered throughout the book. It was also my first time learning about kappas which are spirits, or demons if you like, hanging around water bodies. You might find out more from the link to Wikipedia I attached in the previous sentence, but if you’d like to gain the full impact of the story, just go into Kappa Quartet blind and learn about kappas from the book itself. I think that would make for a more interesting experience.
This is a book I’m gonna read again and again just like the Harry Potter series.