Kafka On The Shore

Kafka On The Shore

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Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. 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. Their parallel odysseys are enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerising dramas. Cats converse with people; fish tumble from the sky; a ghostlike pimp deploys a Hegel-spouting girl of the night; a forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since WWII. There is a savage killing, but the identity of both victim and killer is a riddle. Murakami's new novel is at once a classic tale of quest, but it is also a bold exploration of mythic and contemporary taboos, of patricide, of mother-love, of sister-love. Above all it is an entertainment of a very high order.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 112 x 178 x 42mm | 299.37g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099494094
  • 9780099494096
  • 1,322

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"'For sheer love of a thumping narrative, the novel delivers gloriously-Inventive, alluring' David Mitchell" * Guardian * "'Wonderful-Magical and outlandish' Daily Mail" "'Cool, fluent and addictive' Daily Telegraph" "'Hypnotic, spellbinding' The Times" "'A magnificently bewildering achievement-Brilliantly conceived, bold in its surreal scope, sexy and driven by a snappy plot-Exuberant storytelling' Independent on Sunday"
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About Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His books include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, 1Q84, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, The Strange Library and Wind/Pinball. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages, and the most recent of his many international honours are the Jerusalem Prize and Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award.
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"'For sheer love of a thumping narrative, the novel delivers gloriously-Inventive, alluring' David Mitchell" Guardian
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206,045 ratings
4.13 out of 5 stars
5 40% (83,439)
4 39% (79,559)
3 16% (32,331)
2 4% (7,972)
1 1% (2,744)

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At first I thought this book would be a very difficult read. But it was quite simple to read, actually. It contains quite a lot of philosophical views that might stop you in the track and let you think a little deeper to fully appreciate it. The characters could have been developed more but I love it anyway. Pretty disturbing at some points - I like that too. All in all, I recommend this book. You will not want to stop reading.show more
by Farah
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