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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.
Between shifting plot lines and interesting characters, I found this book very entertaining.
I dont think i missed anything in the book and i did understood all the concepts explained but at the end i felt its a sick story.
In Murakami’s story, especially in ‘Kafka on the sea shore’, characters are candid and persistent (in a good way).
Couldn't get into it. First 50 pages bored me to death. But I hear it's fantastic.Published 1 day ago by K.B.H.
If you like Murakami this is one of his books to get into. The characters and plot are great but are also issues that Murakami uses to generate his philosophies, musings and... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ronald Santen
In this I enjoyed the magic realism of Murakami's storytelling (because in others of him I didn't). It is a bit muddy at times and not laugh-out-loud quirky as John Irving, but... Read morePublished 5 days ago by yogibimbi
Murakami knows not only how to tell a story well, but also to tell it in a unique, naturally flowing way that keeps you hooked from the first page to the last sentence. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Mirela
Unique atmosphere through the story, never predictable, always captivating. One of the best books I've ever read.Published 13 days ago by Mikk