Kafka on the Shore

467 pages

English language

Published Nov. 6, 2006

ISBN:
9781400079278
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4 stars (57 reviews)

Kafka on the Shore (海辺のカフカ, Umibe no Kafuka) is a 2002 novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. Its 2005 English translation was among "The 10 Best Books of 2005" from The New York Times and received the World Fantasy Award for 2006. The book tells the stories of the young Kafka Tamura, a bookish 15-year-old boy who runs away from his Oedipal curse, and Satoru Nakata, an old, disabled man with the uncanny ability to talk to cats. The book incorporates themes of music as a communicative conduit, metaphysics, dreams, fate, the subconscious. After the release of the book, Murakami allowed for questions about the novel to be sent in, and responded to many of them. The novel was generally well-received, with positive reviews from John Updike and the New York Times.

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Review of 'Kafka on the Shore' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

At some point, you just have to accept Kafka on the Shore for what it is — a metaphor, a home of symbolism, an LSD trip in literary form.

After every few chapters, I'd theorize a possible explanation for what's going on. Every time I read on, I get debunked. The book ends with lots of strings untied, yet it doesn't feel unfinished. It's art for the sake of art — it doesn't make sense, and it doesn't have to. If that interests you, pick it up, and grab an umbrella while you're at it. Might rain cats and dogs, who knows?

After reading Kafka on the Shore, I swayed on my hammock and saw a rainbow form among the clouds. I watched the birds to ground myself back to reality.

Review of 'Kafka on the Shore' on 'Storygraph'

1 star

I made it through the second Murakami book I attempted, though it was difficult. I enjoyed the philosophical discussions and was interested in what was happening to Nakata, since it was so strange there was no way I could really understand it. But Kafka Tamura was annoying. I hated him. He gets an erection pretty much every time the story comes back to him, and he rapes a girl in his dream. Pretty bad start for a 15 year old I'd say. Miss Saeki in my eyes isn't much better. The only person that redeemed the book in my eyes was Oshima.

But I'll back up. With his mother having left when he was very young and feeling no connection to his father, Kafka Tamura runs away. His plans are methodical and dispassionate. Contrast this to Nakata, an elderly man who experienced a strange phenomenon when he was young and …

Review of 'Kafka on the Shore' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I think I may have reached saturation point with Murakami as I didn't enjoy this one half as much as I did with his previous books. The usual stuff is still there, the magical realism, the cats, strange girls and emotionless male characters, what is missing is that brilliant writing and a strong story.

The dual stories are, Kafka Tamura a tedious 15yr-old emo kid, I hated him and this is probably why I didn't get into the book. Kafka just seems to whine and whine and people do stuff for him. The second story though is brilliant, I loved Satoru Nakata, such a gentle old man, he might have been short on mental faculties but he was far wiser than anybody else and his relationship with Hoshino was fun to read.

The biggest failing of this book was the sex scenes, I felt embarrassed for Murakami whilst reading it, …

Review of 'Kafka on the Shore' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I read this book after reading 1Q84, and I found certain similarities interesting.

This book had a slow start. The premise floats around alternating chapters of Kafka - a teen that has run away from home to live another life - and an event during WWII where a bunch of kids fell unconscious in Japan.

Though, in no time, both narratives ramp up into disjointed realities, violence, weird sex, and dreams. All dispersed between introspective pits for characters that wonder who their true selves are and if they could ever become who they feel they were meant to be.

There are so many cats in the world, and Siamese cats are the most sociably articulate and helpful. Carry sardines around if you plan to become a cat tracker. Word of advice: if you ever run into Johnnie Walker, it may be best to turn away.

I rotated between both the …

Review of 'Kafka on the Shore' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Kafka on the Shore tells the story of a fifteen year old book named Kafka who runs away from home to find his mother and sister. Although the alternate chapters tell the story of Nakata; a strange old man who has the ability to talk to cats. Like many of Haruki Murakami’s books, Kafka on the Shore blends pop culture with magical realism in order to explore the psyche of the characters involved.

It is often hard to try and give an overview of a Murakami book because they tend to come out weird and I do not want to give the impression that his novels are not worth attempting. For Kafka on the Shore, the magical realism allows the reader to explore the psychological mind of fifteen year old Kafka Tamune. Not only is Kakfa a young man discovering his sexuality, Sigmund Freud would probably suggest that he also …

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