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  • Published: New York, N.Y. : Vintage International, 2006.
  • Year Published: 2006
  • Description: 467 pages ; 21 cm
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9781400079278
  • 1400079276

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Kafka on the shore

by Murakami, Haruki, 1949-

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Call number: Fiction / Murakami, Haruki

Available Copies: Pittsfield Adult

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With Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami gives us a novel every bit as ambitious and expansive as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which has been acclaimed both here and around the world for its uncommon ambition and achievement, and whose still-growing popularity suggests that it will be read and admired for decades to come. This magnificent new novel has a similarly extraordinary scope and the same capacity to amaze, entertain, and bewitch the reader. A tour de force of metaphysical reality, it 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. Extravagant in its accomplishment, Kafka on the Shore displays one of the world's truly great storytellers at the height of his powers.

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A teenage boy runs away from home and spends day after day in a library. A mentally deficient man communicates with cats. What do they have in common? The threads of fate.

I enjoyed this book, perhaps not as well not as well as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. They are similar thematically, although this book has a more literary bent; there are lots of references to classical Greek literature, and obviously more contemporary works as well, as you can probably tell from the title. Definitely worth reading if you're interested in Japan, talking cats, surrealist literature, or references to classical literature.

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