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

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

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Highlights
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 9780099458326, 0099458322
  • Edition: 2005
Description

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
  • Publication Year
    • 2005
Dimensions
  • Width
    • 1.26 Inches (US)
  • Height
    • 7.8 Inches (US)
  • Depth
    • 1.33 inch
  • Weight
    • 367.0 Grams
Ratings and Reviews
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18 Reviews
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5

A fantasy like no other!

This book breaks every conventional reading style, forgets anything that is sane or 'accepted' by the society and just takes its own path. A wonderful novel of 500 odd pages and almost impossible to put down.

Read it if you're a fan of fantasy and self-discovery.

Flipkart as always, was prompt with its delivery and I got it in a day.
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Kshema

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7 May, 2015

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Poor quality

Delivery was timely as promised. But the book was in bad shape. Choose a good seller.
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First copy.

This is not an original book but is a first copy. The quality of the pages is pretty bad and so is the printing. Disappointing product!
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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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5

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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Sharangdhar Vaze

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25 Jan, 2015

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Highly recommended

good delivery!!!
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Shraddhanjali Guha

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25 Jul, 2018

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5

Wonderful

One of the finest book i have ever read
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12 May, 2018

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5

Mind-blowing purchase

Book from one of my favourite author. Thanks Flipkart.
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Worth the money

A great read. amazing language.
but seriously! what's with the ending? so many questions unanswered.
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Simply awesome

Delivered in perfect condition.Neatly packed
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