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Kafka on the Shore Kafka on the Shore, a tour de force of metaphysical reality, 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



10 thoughts on “Kafka on the Shore

  1. says:

    Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions You change direction but the sandstorm chases you You turn again, but the storm adjusts Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn Why Because this storm isn t something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with yo


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    Few books have infected me with boredom induced ADD, the desire to gnaw my own foot off at the ankle, and the state of mind you might experience if forced to sit upon a nest of hornets while watching your home being burglarized, but this was one of them It took me until page 70 to stop wanting to hop up and rearrange the spice cupboard or my sock drawer


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    second read thoughts I thought I d get a better understanding for this story the second time around, but I m still lost in a world full of questions I know that s partly the author s intent though I feel like I m going to drive myself crazy if I keep trying to make sense of what this book is trying to achieve I think that s kind of the point though This book


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    Kafka on the Shore is a metaphor It follows no rules, it doesn t adhere to reason, and applicability is not an issue It fills you up, it tears you down A fugue of emotions are present, you can t seem to figure out which of the many different realizations flooding you is most important Waves roll up again and again on the beach of your consciousness and at first


  5. says:

    I feel compelled to say something about this right now, simply for the fact that I have seen a lot of Murakami bickering on goodreads over the years, and it has done nothing but increase in frequency in the moments leading up to, during, and beyond the release of his mammoth novel 1Q84, meaning the last couple o months I guess I just feel a need to state my case for


  6. says:

    What I think is this You should give up looking for lost cats and start searching for the other half of your shadow Haruki Murakami Kafka on the ShoreThere are few writers very few writers, whose worlds I love to inhabit Woolf is one of them so too is Joyce, Chekhov another, as are Dickens, Twain, Proust and Tolstoy I can now add to that list, Haruki Murakami As I ve st


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    There are two reasons as to why I chose Kafka on the shore as my first Murakami s novel 1.The name Kafka in the title unconventional and erudite 2.There are cats in this book and they talk and I love Cats unconventional criteria Hence my journey began into Harukis s surreal world of inebriating storytelling that has surely made me addictive I was completely clueless as to w


  8. says:

    Definitely a page turner Once you start, you just keep on reading Well, why do we stop reading a book I think we can group the reasons into three 1 Natural work, eat, toilet, eyes are tired, other distractions, etc 2 Boredom the book or its part is boring and 3 Need to Digest sometimes I read a phrase or an idea and it is either hard to understand so I read several times or too


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    When I awoke, I realized I had slept through the night But had it been a dream or not It was impossible to tell I got up, took a shower, brushed my teeth and shaved, paying special attention to my neck When my face was again smooth and slightly pink from the razor, I went into the kitchen for breakfast.I washed down an English muffin and jelly with two cups of strong black coffee,


  10. says:

    Surreal Poignant Magical Weird And a classic Murakami from beginning to end.This was my third book by Mr Murakami 1Q84, I enjoyed but I don t think I will be recommending it to anyone Then came Norwegian Woods which I loved and have recommended to many friends But Kafka on the Shore held a special place in the hearts of my friends who have read Murakami This seems to be their favourite


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About the Author: Haruki Murakami

Murakami Haruki Japanese is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator His work has been described aseasily accessible, yet profoundly complexHe can be located on Facebook at childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature He grew up reading a range of works by American writers, such as Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Brautigan, and he is often distinguished from other Japanese writers by his Western influences.Murakami studied drama at Waseda University in Tokyo, where he met his wife, Yoko His first job was at a record store, which is where one of his main characters, Toru Watanabe in Norwegian Wood, works Shortly before finishing his studies, Murakami opened the coffeehousePeter Catwhich was a jazz bar in the evening in Kokubunji, Tokyo with his wife.Many of his novels have themes and titles that invoke classical music, such as the three books making up The Wind Up Bird Chronicle The Thieving Magpie after Rossini s opera , Bird as Prophet after a piano piece by Robert Schumann usually known in English as The Prophet Bird , and The Bird Catcher a character in Mozart s opera The Magic Flute Some of his novels take their titles from songs Dance, Dance, Dance after The Dells song, although it is widely thought it was titled after the Beach Boys tune , Norwegian Wood after The Beatles song and South of the Border, West of the Sun the first part being the title of a song by Nat King Cole.


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