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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.
It is for people with imagination who like to think on and "digest" a book for some time after reading it.
This author is such a beautiful story teller, and he develops his characters so well, that when you finish the book, you miss them.
I did not like the Oshima character because this character just tends to have too much knowledge... a know-it-all of sorts.
Murakami tries too hard in this book. I personally dislike it when characters in a novel talk about art/philosophy. There is too much meta talk than actual story.Published 3 days ago by Mayur Ekbote
This novel will take your imagination to places you never thought possible. Metaphors are used to explore more complex ideas than the main character, 15 y/o Kafka, coming of age or... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Annette L OConnell
The mysteries of life an Oedipal enigma set in modern day Japan between WWII and the end of the century bringing out all the possible angles and the human struggles with reality... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Dreamy & thought provoking. My favorite murakami book so far. Open-ended as his style tends to be. I highly recommend.Published 18 days ago by Cindy Orr Davidson
This was my first Murakami novel, but not my last. Fascinating story.Published 20 days ago by Wayne E. Wooten
The subtle transfer from real to imagined worlds was superbly done. In the end everything is in our own mind and reality. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Wayne Bailey
However strange Murakami’s stories can be, he is a fabulous storyteller. Readers who long ago graduated from Harry Potter would be well advised to read Murakami. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Joe Da Rold