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Kafka on the Shore

In Author, Bestseller, Book, Fiction, Genre, Haruki Murakami, Japanese author, Magical realism, Novel, Review, Suspense on 16/01/2011 at 19:08
Haruki Murakami - Kafka on the Shore

Haruki Murakami - Kafka on the Shore

Kafka On The Shore by Japanse author Haruki Murakami is about the lives of the Kafka Tamura and Satoru Nakata. Though their lives are completely different and their journeys in this book start far apart, eventually theirpaths cross towards the end of the book. Until then, you will be captured by the magical world and odd creatures Murakami has created.

Kafka on the Shore

The odd chapters tell the story of 15-year old runaway Kafka Tamura. The even chapters tell the (hi)story of Satoru Nakata, who has been able to talk to cats since a mysterious event happened to him and his class in World War II. Though Nakata’s history is first told through eye witness accounts, Murakami later introduces him to us in his adult life.

Kafka on the Shore has a touch of magial realism, especially when it comes to Nakata’s strange UFO-like experience and the talking cats. One of the many things that makes this book interesting are the cunning riddles and mysteries hidden in the book. It’s not until you’ve read the book at least twice you start to discover some of these mysteries. However, reading the book only once doesn’t make it less interesting. To a first-time reader the book will probably be just a story. To those who read it a couple of times, the book becomes an inventive story filled with puzzles hidden beneath the surface of the words.

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami was born in 1949 in post-World War II Japan. Murakami has a very eloquent way of writing his stories, which are both fiction and non-fiction, novels and short stories. Murakami, now 62 years old, wrote his first novel wel he was 29. He entered it for a writing contest and won the first prize. The rest is history, as they say.

Murakami was awarded the Franz Kafka Award and the 2006 World Fantasy Award for his novel Kafka on the Shore.
Philip Gabriel won the 2006 PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize for his Japanese-to-English translation of the book.

Get the book!

Kafka On The Shore is available in English on Amazon and Bol.com. Kafka on the Shore is available in other languages as Kafka op het Strand (Dutch), Kafka sur le Rivage (French), Kafka am Strand (German), Kafka En La Orilla (Spanish) and Kafka sulla Spiaggia (Italian).

Book details

Title: Kafka On The Shore (Japanese title: 海辺のカフカ Umibe no Kafuka)
Author: Haruki Murakami
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese (original)
Publication date: 2002
Published in English in 2005
Pages: 512 pp
ISBN-10: 0099458322
ISBN-13: 978-0099458326

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