Kafka on the Shore (Vintage International) (Paperback)
Murikami is one of our best writers, as entertaining as he is surreal. The two interlocking stories of Kafka Tamura- a 15 year old boy fleeing his father and what he supposes is his Oedipal destiny- and Nakata- an older, feeble savant who has special skills (talking with cats)and who seeks his to fulfill his destiny before he dies- play out in alternating chapters. This very rich novel portrays Murikami's sense of life as adventure & mystery, and does not disappoint in the surreal slippage of parallel worlds & identities and in a wealth of playful down-home(& disturbing)speculation on metaphysical realities. If this makes the book sound confusing, it isn't & it is. Beautifully written with memorable characters, Kafka ON The Shore is highly recommended. I loved it.
Kafka on the Shore displays one of the world’s great storytellers at the peak of his powers.
Here we meet a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who is on the run, and Nakata, an aging simpleton who is drawn to Kafka for reasons that he cannot fathom. As their paths converge, acclaimed author Haruki Murakami enfolds readers in a world where cats talk, fish fall from the sky, and spirits slip out of their bodies to make love or commit murder, in what is a truly remarkable journey.
About the Author
Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages, and the most recent of his many honors is the Yomiuri Literary Prize, whose previous recipients include Yukio Mishima, Kenzaburo Oe, and Kobo Abe.
“As powerful as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. . . . Reading Murakami . . . is a striking experience in consciousness expansion.” –The Chicago Tribune
“An insistently metaphysical mind-bender.”
–The New Yorker
“If he has not achieved that status already, Haruki Murakami is on course to becoming the most widely read Japanese writer outside Japan, past or present.”
–New York Times