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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).
Oshima must have some very complicated chromosomes because only males can be hemophiliac
It is not Murakami's best book in my opinion
This was my first Murakami book and it inspired me to read all of his works. I truly loved this book. A fantastical tale told through the eyes of a troubled young man. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Matt M
What a masterpiece of modern fiction. It is so interesting and heartfelt. The characters are so true to life and soulful. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Max H
Heard so many recommendations for Murakami just picked the wrong book. Easy to read and follow , well written but hard to understand. Read morePublished 13 days ago by colin j banner
I've read a few short stories as well as various bits and pieces of Murakami. I've also read some favourable reviews and comment about this man's writing. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Colin Taylor
I started reading with slight apprehension as I never read a book by a Japanese author.
The story is gripping with good sense of humour and lot of information. Read more
Metaphor. The whole book is a metaphor. For what? You decide. Love, loss, music, beauty. Life. It reads like a journey to self, and away from self, and back to self again, seen... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Ksenia Anske
Five stars? yes I think so, but it is a close call for me. I enjoyed the book, it moves along briskly, and the supernatural elements entrance. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Eric Lee Smith
I love this author. I've read all of his writings. They are the kind of books that you can think deeply on or just read for something different. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer