Kafka on the ShoreBook - 2005
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.
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JCLJulieT Nov 18, 2010
Oshima knows everything and drives a super fast sports car. Also, he helps save the world. All in a day's work at the library.
JCLJulieT Dec 16, 2010
After I finished this book, I shut my eyes and relaxed into the ending of it.
I'm not exactly sure what happened or what the ending means (and in this case I like that feeling), but I feel really good about reading this book. Like, my brain loves being wrapped up in and around Murakmi's pro... Read More »
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"Kafka on the Shore contains several riddles, but there aren't any solutions provided. Instead, several of these riddles combine, and through their interaction the possibility of a solution takes shape. And the form this solution takes will be different for each reader. To put it another way, the riddles function as part of the solution. It's hard to explain, but that's the kind of novel I set out to write"
- Haruki Murakami
It's like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.
"Strength itself becomes your morality... The strength I'm looking for isn't the kind where you win or lose. I'm not after a wall that'll repel power coming from outside. What I want is the kind of strength to be able to absorb that outside power, to stand up to it. The strength to quietly endure things - unfairness, misfortune, sadness, mistakes, misunderstandings."
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