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Joining the rich literature of runaways, Kafka On The Shore follows the solitary, self-disciplined schoolboy Kafka Tamura as he hops a bus from Tokyo to the randomly chosen town of Takamatsu, reminding himself at each step that he has to be "the world¹s toughest fifteen-year-old." He finds a secluded private library in which to spend his days--continuing his impressive self-education--and is befriended by a clerk and the mysteriously remote head librarian, Miss Saeki, whom he fantasizes may be his long-lost mother. Meanwhile, in a second, wilder narrative spiral, an elderly Tokyo man named Nakata veers from his calm routine by murdering a stranger. An unforgettable character, beautifully delineated by Murakami, Nakata can speak with cats but cannot read or write, nor explain the forces drawing him toward Takamatsu and the other characters.
To say that the fantastic elements of Kafka On The Shore are complicated and never fully resolved is not to suggest that the novel fails. Although it may not live up to Murakami's masterful The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Nakata and Kafka's fates keep the reader enthralled to the final pages, and few will complain about the loose threads at the end. --Regina Marler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I was really enjoying the novel until a graphic description of the torture of a cat about a third of the way through. Read morePublished 3 days ago by xjm
I just finished Kafka and honestly don't know what to feel. The author portrays longing and desperation in such a profound way I can't even put it into words. Must read.Published 5 days ago by christina brown
Another great whopper of a tale. This is an early novel and I'm just getting around to it, having read many of his others. Two stories woven seamlessly together at the end.Published 8 days ago by Stephen Bentkover
I like the people in the story, but the plot was strange to me.Published 9 days ago by Robert Scott
This is likely my favorite Murakami book (that I've read thus far!).
"Kafka on the Shore" is a mesmerizing story and I never felt a moment of boredom reading it. Read more
Murakami is an acquired taste. I'm still working on him, but I'm making progress. In my opinion, the best so far.Published 14 days ago by W. Robinson