Kafka on the Shore

Kafka on the Shore (English, Paperback, Murakami Haruki)

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Kafka on the Shore  (English, Paperback, Murakami Haruki)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
    • Genre: Fiction
    • ISBN: 9780099458326, 9780099458326
    • Edition: 1
    • Pages: 512
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    Kafka On The Shore comprises of two distinct yet interrelated plots, with the narrative moving between both the plots, with each plotline narration done in alternate chapters.

    Summary Of The Book

    The odd chapters of Kafka On The Shore depict the story of 15-year-old Kafka as he leaves his father's house in search of his sister and mother, and also to escape from an Oedipal curse. Kafka comes across numerous adventures en route until he finds space in a library in Takamatsu. The library is owned by Miss Saeki and Oshima. He spends his time reading at the library when one fine day the police come searching for him.

    The even chapters narrate Nakata's story. He works part-time as a locator of lost cats because of his uncanny talents. The search for one lost cat requires him to travel away from home. He ends up on road where he befriends a truck driver named Hoshino, who gives him a lift in his truck. Soon he becomes attached to Nakata.

    Kafka and Nakata meet each other in the novel. However, when they meet each other it is not just in the physical sense but on a metaphysical level as well. As their odysseys unravel, fishes fall from the skies, and cats talk with people. The reader can find brutal killings, but the killer and victim’s identities remain unknown. The novel has several themes central to it, like the power of music, the connection between the subconscious, mind, and soul, the strength of nature, the influence of an old prophecy. All these combine to weave a dreamlike and elegant masterpiece. The Oedipal undercurrent running in the novel makes Kafka On The Shore the equivalent of a modern Greek tragedy.

    Kafka On The Shore was named amongst the top 10 books of 2005 by The New York Times. It also won the World Fantasy Award.

    About Haruki Murakami

    Haruki Murakami is a best-selling Japanese author.

    Murakami’s notable works include A Wild Sheep Chase, Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and 1Q84.

    Murakami's fiction is frequently nihilistic and surrealistic, marked with a rendition of ideals of alienation and loneliness. He is regarded as a prominent name in postmodern literature.

    Haruki Murakami was born in Japan on January 12, 1949. He studied drama at Waseda University, Tokyo, and initially worked at a record shop. He has even translated a large number of works in English to Japanese. His books on nonfiction and fiction have got numerous awards and critical acclaim, both internationally, and in Japan. He is a triathlete enthusiast and marathon runner. Murakami is married to Yoko.

     

     

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    Book Details
    Imprint
    • Vintage
    Dimensions
    Width
    • 32 mm
    Height
    • 198 mm
    Length
    • 129 mm
    Depth
    • 1.33 inch
    Weight
    • 352 gr
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    Beautiful yet Haunting...

    My first murakami, oh wow how to describe this elegant literary work... the experience was magical.. the whole book itself is a riddle.. when you read murakami's work.. one thing, you need to keep in mind is... to savor it slowly and patiently.. the amazing thing was every page was so so so intriguing that once i had picked up the book, i just couldn't put it down.. read all the way to the end. It was one hell of an experience. the way of writing is of a kind that is able to make you believe ...
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    Super!

    Great service from flipkart delivered in two days. The book is authentic hence no question about it's quality. Simply can't wait to read it. My second book of Murakami after Norwegian Wood. Highly recommended. Pretty good deal.
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    Simply awesome

    I was really looking forward for this book. Thank you flipkart for this amazing deal and fast delivary. The packaging and the quality of the book is really good, not a single scratch on it. Though I didn't got a bookmark but the price is worth of it.
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    Super!

    I never liked magical realism but this book by Murakami changed my views. The premise is very very interesting and Murakami's writing grasps you completely. It is engrossing and at times confusing too but you enjoy the confusion. Mind Blowing book. Was a bit let down by the end though. 4.25/5
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    Awesome read.

    A sublime piece of writing which involves a heady mix of darkness, magic and the occasional thought provoking soliloquy. The setting may not appeal to some, but I found it a wonderfully apt description of the world we live in, without filters.
    Do try to read this, it's worth it.
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    Wonderful

    A great book with a great story. Just finished reading this book and viola I felt as if I am inside the book. Kafka Tamura a young 15 year old boy and on the other hand a person named Nakata who is able to speak with cats really very interesting book??????????????. You will love to dive into it. People reading it first time will become a fan of Murakami and go to read his other books. I love it. ???
    Awesome packaging
    No damage to the book and it's an original copy that you will get. But the...
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    One of my favorite books.

    To me , this book at the end was inconclusive. (Remember inception and the spinning top at the end ? ) But even before you reach the end , along the way you are met by forks on the road , and the book changes based on which path you choose. Murakami is known for sexual content in his works, this was no exception. These pop up as the accursed fate of a runaway 15 year old teen gets played out, and adds different dimensions to all the raining fish , talking cats and simple adolescent teenage m...
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    Wonderful

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    Value-for-money

    Beautiful reading experience. This is my first book of Murakami and I loved it. Flipkart delivery is good but quality of the book is not that appreciable because it's cover page is made of cheep quality papers and you will find it difficult to maintain the book till you reach the last page.
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    Q:whats the difference between the 600page kafka on the shore and the 500 one? Which one should i buy ??
    A:I bought the 624 pages' copy. And It's the real one.
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