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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.
Kafka on the Shore is the story of Kafka Tamura, an adolescent male in modern day Japan who is searching for his past. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Amazon Customer
I found this book to be a beautiful metaphor and symbol of the mind during meditation, conscientious and subconscious thoughts. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent writing, and interesting insight into classical music , but I'm not sure I know what I just read. Strange plot. Bizarre course of events. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Susan L.
Murakami is the kind of author who could probably hold your attention well as he describes how paint dries. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Brad4d
I didn't hate it, but the best parts came right away and then the rest sputtered out in comparison to my expectations. Still an okay read, but I wouldn't go through it again. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Angus Nicneven