Title: Kafka on the Shore
Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
Book Condition: New
Teenager Kafka Tamura, goes on the run, and holes up in a strange library in a small country town. Nakata, a finder of lost cats, goes on an odyssey across Japan. These two stories are interweaved in this novel by Japanese novelist, Murakami, also the author of "Norwegian Wood". Series: Contemporary Fiction. BIC Classification: FA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 146 x 141 x 60. Weight in Grams: 490. . 2006. Unabridged. Audio CD. . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9789626344057
Synopsis: "Kafka on the Shore" is the latest novel by Japan's leading literary novelist, who developed a world-wide cult reputation with "Norwegian Wood". In "Kafka on the Shore", Murakami continues with his remarkable combination of profound insight into humankind, with a totally credible touch of the fantastical - a unique tour de force. The teenager Kafka Tamura goes on the run, and holes up in a strange library in a small country town. Concurrently, Nakata, a finder of lost cats, goes on a puzzling odyssey across Japan. Only gradually do we find how these stories interweave. An engaging but moving novel.
Review: The opening pages of a Haruki Murakami novel can be like the view out an airplane window onto tarmac. But at some point between page three and fifteen--it's page thirteen in Kafka On The Shore--the deceptively placid narrative lifts off, and you find yourself breaking through clouds at a tilt, no longer certain where the plane is headed or if the laws of flight even apply.
Joining the rich literature of runaways, Kafka On The Shore follows the solitary, self-disciplined schoolboy Kafka Tamura as he hops a bus from Tokyo to the randomly chosen town of Takamatsu, reminding himself at each step that he has to be "the world¹s toughest fifteen-year-old." He finds a secluded private library in which to spend his days--continuing his impressive self-education--and is befriended by a clerk and the mysteriously remote head librarian, Miss Saeki, whom he fantasizes may be his long-lost mother. Meanwhile, in a second, wilder narrative spiral, an elderly Tokyo man named Nakata veers from his calm routine by murdering a stranger. An unforgettable character, beautifully delineated by Murakami, Nakata can speak with cats but cannot read or write, nor explain the forces drawing him toward Takamatsu and the other characters.
To say that the fantastic elements of Kafka On The Shore are complicated and never fully resolved is not to suggest that the novel fails. Although it may not live up to Murakami's masterful The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Nakata and Kafka's fates keep the reader enthralled to the final pages, and few will complain about the loose threads at the end. --Regina Marler
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