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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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Perfect first listen on audible

I have a feeling this is a rare instance where the audio book version might be better than the print. First audio book experience and a great one at that!

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Magical Realism on point

Kafka on the Shore is about self discovery and overcoming inner fears and tragedies metaphorically portrayed in the journey of Kafka and Nakata.

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Fantastic narration

I am usually on the fence about Murakami's works and the underlying meaning of his plots. However, this was a very good one and the impeccable narration added to the experience.

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one of best works of Murakami

narration is pretty good. the book is magical. takes you to another dimension. it is truly a labyrinth.

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An unusual fiction!

So this book is not exactly the usual fantasy fiction I normally read, it's something entirely different.
Kafka on the Shore revolves around 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.

As their paths converge, and the reasons for that convergence become clear, 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.

The story unfolds without any agenda or destination, but you are tempted to go with the flow and you cannot resist it. This book left me astounded. I couldn't decide on what to feel after finishing it.

I would definitely love to indulge myself in more of Haruki's work to enjoy this magical realism he puts in the stories.

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i love you, murakami!

this is the first murakami book im listening to but i already have 10 of his other books in my cart to buy.

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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
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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.