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Description - Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

"A stunning work of art," the New York Observer wrote of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, "that bears no comparisons," and this is also true of this magnificent new novel, which is every bit as ambitious, expansive and bewitching. A tour-de-force of metaphysical reality, Kafka on the Shore is powered by two remarkable characters. At fifteen, Kafka Tamura runs away from home, either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister. And the aging Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction, finds his highly simplified life suddenly upset.Their odyssey, as mysterious to us as it is to them, 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 fall from the sky. There is a brutal murder, with the identity of both victim and perpetrator a riddle. Yet this, like 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099458326
ISBN-10: 0099458322
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 32mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami - Reviewed by (21 Jun 2011)

Wow! What a weird and wonderful read! This book starts off very confusing. However, once all the characters have been introduced and finally meet up things really fall into place and you really can't put it down!

It's characters are loveable but seem to represent types of people more metaphorically than simply just people. It is more than science fiction, more than urban fantasy, so convoluted and involved. There is even a bit of history in it too.

Most of all I like the imagery that Haruki Mirukami is able to portray in his writing. I liked his short stories but I have to say this novel (first of his I have read), has got me hooked!


Author Biography - 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 50 languages, and the most recent of his many international honours are the Jerusalem Prize and Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award.

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