Kafka on the Shore
Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down. As their parallel odysseys unravel, cats... show more
Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down. As their parallel odysseys unravel, cats converse with people; fish tumble from the sky; a ghost-like pimp deploys a Hegel-spouting girl of the night; a forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since World War II. There is a savage killing, but the identity of both victim and killer is a riddle - one of many which combine to create an elegant and dreamlike masterpiece.
Publish date: October 10th 2011
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Pages no: 505
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Literary Fiction
, Asian Literature
, Magical Realism
, Japanese Literature
A frustratingly mysterious ending that answered few questions was the perfect way to complete this deliciously mysterious book.
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...
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 .
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.
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...