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Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy.

The ageing Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

As their parallel odysseys unravel, cats converse with people, fish tumble from the sky, a ghost-like pimp deploys a Hegel-spouting girl of the night, a forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since World War II. There is a savage killing, but the identity of both victim and killer is a riddle - one of many which combine to create an elegant and dreamlike masterpiece.

©2005 Haruki Murakami (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Wonderful.... Magical and outlandish." (Daily Mail)

"Cool, fluent and addictive." (Daily Telegraph)

"Hypnotic, spellbinding." (The Times)

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lengthy book with disappointing ending

I had great expectations from the book but after building all the suspense and taking into consideration the absurd story changes, the book disappoints in the end with a wasteful time spent to reach there. There audio performance is good but
some portions are unnecessarily elaborate.
overall not worth so much time.

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A book that leaves you thinking

it's a story that makes you question your life and at the time takes you to another realm

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Recommended

The story is unique and the narrative is amazing. Loved it. Truly a masterpiece of magic realism.