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Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel
Kafka on the Shore
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With Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami gives us a novel every bit as ambitious and expansive as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which has been acclaimed both here and around the world for its uncommon ambition and achievement, and whose still-growing popularity suggests that it will be read and... show more
With Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami gives us a novel every bit as ambitious and expansive as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which has been acclaimed both here and around the world for its uncommon ambition and achievement, and whose still-growing popularity suggests that it will be read and admired for decades to come.This magnificent new novel has a similarly extraordinary scope and the same capacity to amaze, entertain, and bewitch the reader. A tour de force of metaphysical reality, it is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom. Their odyssey, as mysterious to them as it is to us, is enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerizing events. Cats and people carry on conversations, a ghostlike pimp employs a Hegel-quoting prostitute, a forest harbors soldiers apparently unaged since World War II, and rainstorms of fish (and worse) fall from the sky. There is a brutal murder, with the identity of both victim and perpetrator a riddle–yet this, along with everything else, is eventually answered, just as the entwined destinies of Kafka and Nakata are gradually revealed, with one escaping his fate entirely and the other given a fresh start on his own.Extravagant in its accomplishment, Kafka on the Shore displays one of the world’s truly great storytellers at the height of his powers.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781400043668 (1400043662)
ASIN: 1400043662
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 436
Edition language: English
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The Villain Library
The Villain Library rated it
2.5 Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
A dear friend of mine suggested this book , so i thought "why not?" summary : Kafka on the Shore is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sist...
هزاميري
هزاميري rated it
4.0 Kafka inside the maze
Kafka on the shore is a labyrinth itself but in the end the crow gathers it all and leads the reader to the clue : " this world is a metaphor ". besides tens of symbols , this novel bears hundred of hidden and mystical messages and paradoxes .recommended for expert readers .
Cynically Speaking
Cynically Speaking rated it
5.0
I can't get enough of Mr. Murakami. This is more of a 4-star but his books are so far out there...I can't describe. Let me just say one character talks to cats. Nothing is what it seems in Murakami's world and I know I miss a lot (if not most) symbolism but his writing and characters are beautiful.
konstantinapapazoglou
konstantinapapazoglou rated it
3.5
When I read the summary of this book, I thought that it would be weird. Nothing prepared me though for this bizarre journey it turned out to be. Kafka on the Shore begun as a coming-of-age novel, but by the end of it I was not actually convinced that it was. On one side, Kafka Tamura is a fif...
M. A. Phipps
M. A. Phipps rated it
1.0 Kafka on the Shore
The strangest book I've ever read. I honestly cannot even tell you what the point of this book was. I was so confused and really didn't understand the hype. Plus there was a really disturbing part about decapitating cats. Not. My. Thing.
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