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    Kafka On The Shore  (English, Paperback, Haruki Murakami)

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    Highlights
    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Random House
    • ISBN: 9780099494096, 0099494094
    • Edition: 1, 2005
    • Pages: 624
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    Description

    Kafka On The Shore depicts a magnificent tale of a teenage boy and an old man and their journey, where their destinies get intertwined eventually.

    Summary Of The Book

    The book, Kafka On The Shore, begins with a teenage boy Kafka, who was abandoned by his mother and sister at the age of three. His father is a rich sculptor working in Tokyo who tells Kafka about the Oedipal prediction. To escape this bad omen, Kafka runs away from home in search of his mother and sister.

    The other main lead is an old and pleasant man Nakata, who is unable to read or write due to a weird accident in his childhood. But, he attains a special power to converse with all types of cats. He is particularly fond of a Siamese cat with efficient articulation.

    On the other side, Kafka reaches a village and starts working in a library where Miss Saeki and Oshima work together. Miss Saeki is a reserved lady, while Oshima is a gay figure. Oshima guides Kafka.

    After a series of thrilling events, Kafka comes to know about a remorseless murder. On the other hand, Nakata ends up hitching a ride with a truck driver, while searching for a missing cat.

    Kafka and Nakata never confront each other, but their fates are destined to converge inexplicably.

    An adventure, Kafka On The Shore has been written by the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami and was published in the year 2005. An esoteric story containing themes of magic, paranormal occurrences, suspense, and danger, it keeps its readers fully engrossed.
    The book was very popular among fantasy lovers. The Japanese novel was later translated into English, bagging one award to its credit.

    About Haruki Murakami

    Haruki Murakami is one of the most famous writers and profound thinkers in Japan. He is the winner of many international awards.

    He has written books such as Norwegian Wood, After Dark, Sputnik Sweetheart, Bird As Prophet, Dance Dance Dance, South Of The Border, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, The Bird-Catcher, and A Wild Sheep Chase. He has also written many short stories. His essays are Underground, Portrait In Jazz, and Rain, Burning Sun. His books have been translated to more than 40 languages. Many film adaptations have been made based on his books.

    The writing style is very contemplative and surreal, with detailed characterization. The text is streaming and engrossing.

    Murakami was born in Kyoto, Japan. He was deeply influenced by western writers when he was a child. In Tokyo, he completed his graduation in Drama from Waseda University. He had also worked as a translator of many books. He currently resides in Tokyo. His work stands differently from traditional Japanese literature.

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    Specifications
    Book Details
    • Imprint
      • Vintage
    • Publication Year
      • 2005
    • Awards
      • world Fantasy Award winner
    • Award Year
      • 2006
    Contributors
    • Author
      • Haruki Murakami
    • Author Info
      • Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo.
    Dimensions
    • Width
      • 1.46 Inches (US)
    • Height
      • 7.01 Inches (US)
    • Depth
      • 2 inch
    • Weight
      • 327.0 Grams
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    5

    Profound, deep and meaningful

    The story revolves around Kafka, a 15 year old run away with a convoluted past and a predicted "fate" which he wishes to avoid.

    Nakata is a man who can't read but can strangely talk to cats and despite his uncanny character is strangely kind and nice. The subtlety with which an uneducated person such as himself can at times deliver the most profound thoughts and ideas reminds us of the same thing that we felt while watching Forrest Gump.

    The adventures of the boy Kafka and his adventures as...
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    Aritra Chaudhuri

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    In dreams begin responsibilities...

    intermingling stories earlier held apart have some lose strings. Murakami masters the art to join the lose ends so craftily like an artist trying to bring out shades of sun in his palette. A thorough experience of fantasy and relationships, truly Murakami is a classy story teller.
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    Dhaval Joshi

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    4 Jul, 2012

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    Mesmerizing and Haunting !

    Kafka on the Shore - A sensational journey into the mesmerizing realm of forbidden love and fantastic concepts which is both haunting and enlightening.
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    Saumyajit Kanungo

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    6 Sep, 2011

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    A Great Potential With Dud End

    ‘Kafka On The Shore’ by Haruki Murakami is a novel with dual-stranded plot, shrouded in mysticism, symbols and metaphors – not an easy concoction to handle for a bestseller. Yet surprisingly it turned out to be one of the most popular novels of recent times. I began reading the book with increasing curiosity, and with high expectation, which the dramatic beginning and convoluted plot construction elicited in me, only to lose the steam midway. I definitely got disappointed by the overcomplexit...
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    Kausik Chatterjee

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    15 Oct, 2011

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    Did not meet expectations

    I got a copy from Wonderbookhouse, Ghaziabad and the quality of book is bad.
    The print doesn't seem authentic. Some pages are hazy , other are not properly aligned . Kills the purpose and feel of still reading a paper copy rather then eBook.
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    keshav singhal

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    22 May, 2017

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    Satisfactory

    I haven't read the book yet. The three stars are for the physical copy. The book is in good condition. But wish the size of book was bigger. The book is smaller in size but very thick. Find size is good though.
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    Ganeshwari

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    18 Mar, 2017

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    5

    Amazing Book..makes me wanna read all of Murakami's work

    This book is really good. Got a lot of elements to it which will keep you hooked onto it till the last page. This book will surely leave you hunting for some answers :) I am a big fan of Murakami's style of writing and have already finished reading "Norwegian Wood" and ordered for a couple of other books..This man is pure genuis !!!
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    Anup Nair

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    28 Jan, 2015

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    Fair

    Quality of book is very poor !
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    dikshit shivgotra

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    21 Aug, 2017

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    The copy doesn't seem original

    The text is not aligned. The cover is so scratchy that you can hardly read the back cover.
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    Flipkart Customer

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    15 Aug, 2017

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    One Star

    Third class product. It's not an original copy. Don't buy it from here.
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    25 Jul, 2017

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