Description - Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
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 novel is at once a classic 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 a bewitching and wildly inventive novel from a master stylist.
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(198mm x 129mm x 32mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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Book Review: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami - Reviewed by rachthevego (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 was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. He is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His works include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, After Dark and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and the most recent of his many international honours is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V.S. Naipaul.