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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).
I read this book years ago and really enjoyed the process of reading it. Very few books have the ability to embed in the subconscious effecting you on more then one layer. Read morePublished 5 days ago by LadyDunn
Fascinating style. If you try to explain the story it sounds like a shaggy dog tail, but it does not read like one. I will definitely read more by Murakami.Published 8 days ago by Wizardofw
Following Murakami style, this book took me out of this world to this labyrinth swirling universe of fine lines between reality and dream. Loved it!Published 13 days ago by Gilava
I appreciate the richness and depth of the fantastic world Murakami paints for his readers I have enjoyed the bookPublished 13 days ago by horrible
Great read, loved the different characters and their interactions. Coming of age novel as well. Might be a little too metaphysical
For some linear thinking folks. Read more