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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 like character set-up, I really do, but it seems like half of this very long book is nothing but character set-up, and nothing of real significance happens for ages.
In Murakami’s story, especially in ‘Kafka on the sea shore’, characters are candid and persistent (in a good way).
An interesting novel with some terrific characters. The plot was well structured and there were parts of the narrative that sailed. Read morePublished 9 days ago by DaKing
Have you ever experienced one of those realistic dreams that take place in the time and space between sleep and waking up? Anything is possible that realm. Read morePublished 11 days ago by GG
Wonderful book. It drew me in like few I've read in recent memory. Though I've just finished it and certainly have more thinking to do, my impressions at the time of this writing... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Scott Olsen
What happens when you can't let go of your past? How can you outrun it when it seems to determine everything in your present? Read morePublished 20 days ago by Vera Kovacs
Thoroughly enjoyable read. Almost too much so. It is a guilty pleasure, reading Murakami. It's just too much fun for a literary fiction. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Sumi-e