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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 is one of my favorite writers for good reason. I currently have ALL his translated English works in my collection. I've read them each at least four times. Great buy.Published 2 days ago by Osiris
To start off, I really loved The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Yet this book felt so terribly wrong to me. Read morePublished 5 days ago by mhm12
Giving a quick plot synopsis is not exactly an easy thing to do for Kafka on the Shore, or any Murakami book. Read morePublished 8 days ago by fra7299
In my opinion Haruki Murakami has written at least one very good book. This is not it. There is constant talk in the novel about the man who talks to cats. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Jane Gardner
This is the book that got me started on all of Haruki Murakami's works. Absolutely love it!Published 16 days ago by Kelly Zimmerman
Another world. Read straight through in one sitting. Even with this American translation, you can still get a taste of Japan - and Japanese culture seeps through the Americanese. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Anne Elliot
Interesting story! But sometimes I felt tedious.
I enjoyed very much to read the part in which Nakata was talking with cats.
I loved this book & am still mourning that it's done. It was a fast paced- can't wait to see where it goes next- kind of read. So smart & filled with so many layers. Read morePublished 26 days ago by LBC72