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Kafka On The Shore (Vintage Magic) Mass Market Paperback – 6 Oct 2005
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"Wonderful... Magical and outlandish" (Daily Mail)
"A magnificently bewildering achievement... Brilliantly conceived, bold in its surreal scope, sexy and driven by a snappy plot... Exuberant storytelling" (Independent on Sunday)
"Cool, fluent and addictive" (Daily Telegraph)
"Hypnotic, spellbinding" (The Times)
"Addictive... Exhilarating... A pleasure" (Evening Standard)
"Kafka on the Shore" follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down. Their parallel odysseys are enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerising dramas. Cats converse with people; fish tumble from the sky; a ghostlike pimp deploys a Hegel-spouting girl of the night; a forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since WWII. There is a savage killing, but the identity of both victim and killer is a riddle. Murakami's new novel is at once a classic tale of quest, but it is also a bold exploration of mythic and contemporary taboos, of patricide, of mother-love, of sister-love. Above all it is an entertainment of a very high order.See all Product description
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i thoroughly enjoyed this book, which brings together two main plot lines and characters - a 15 year old boy who runs away from home, and who is drawn to a library where he embarks on a new life, full of mysterious people and happenings, and an elderly man who has had an accident in his youth which left him unable to read or write, but who can talk with cats, and can change the weather. Their stories converge as the book unfolds, although not all the loose ends are tied up, and not everything is resolved.
A great novel, and one of Murakami's best.
The story is enthralling but also entangling. A bit chaotic before I got used to it, though it does not feel as "staccato" as the POV shifting between Tengo and Aomame in 1Q84. There are a lot of mysteries at once in this book, and we only get a clear explanation or answer to some of them. Some might hate that fact, while I'm getting used to it now (in terms of reading Murakami).
This book was very bizarre and weird, but I can deal with weird, so that's not an issue for me. I reckon this book first and foremost hit home with fans of the writer, but it might also be worth checking out if you like sci-fi/fantasy/bizarre mixed with day-to-day problems and happenings, but have yet to check out this amazing author.
I have no idea how Murakami does it, but to me he is a genious and a master of words. I'm happy with the english translation, and in general the translation of this book, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and After Dark surpass the translation of 1Q84. The latter having an insane amount of a few, selected words. At least everything isn't taciturn or lopsided in Kafka on the Shore, and thank god for that.
Memorable characters tangled by a mystery lead towards the resolution of it. Metaphors and intrigue the only clues for we readers to uncover the truth. Addictive, powerful and moving.
If I were to be asked, I would say that "Kafka on the Shore" contains many key elements to a full understanding of the works the writer crafted before and after this novel.
Full of action in the middle of metaphors and reality (or else, what we call it), there are certain images depicted in some chapters that some sensitive readers might find shocking. However, for the sake of the mythopoeic faculty and fantasy and the dramatic effect some literature might have on audiences I consider they accomplish a goal: have us readers feel, feel the characters come out of the page and talk to us.
This book by Murakami floods with dangling answers to the questions it poses (it is the reader, the one who must answer them). For me, the novel represents a personal quest towards a cherised answer to the question "What is reality,then?". When I bought the book I never thought this could end up like this: it moved me to the very deepest....
The poet and the creator inside us, speaks. Can we understad what the wind whispers?
not that Kafka On The Shore is badly written
the writer is obviously accomplished
but his use of surrealism is boring + stupid
nothing like as good as Kafka 's
who , presumably , he's trying to imitate
with next to no success