I just loved this book. As I've loved every book by Murakami I've read so far. He has a style of writing that is his own. And it suits me perfect.
There are two major ways to tell a story. The first asks "what will happen?". It's typical for thrillers and dramas. Will the hero survive? Will the young lovers get together?
The second asks "what is happening?". Murakami is a master of this technique. He is not interested in moving fast forward, rather in taking a situation and letting the reader slowly understand what the situation is. And Kafka on the Shore is another of his books that follows that recipe.
After reading a lot of his books i have realized that Murakami really believes in the good in people, believes that people are good. Bad people are often just good people in bad situations. And sometimes there aren't any bad people at all.
This is a truly good book, in the same tradition as Fjodor Dostojevskij, Emile Zola or Salman Rushdie, three of my favorite writers.
Two story proceeded parallel in different space and merge at the end. The only complaint is some interesting quest unanswered such as the mass student coma, What is Johnnie Walker and the slimy creature, the hidden village.... However, the story is still anticipating. I really like the narrator, the perform really great especially Oliver Le Sueur. Very enjoyable narration.
When Kafka throw away all his belonging behind in the forest.
This is just great!
You've got to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old on the world.
I've loved all of Murakami's books (except Norwegian Wood), but hearing this book performed by these superb readers takes the enjoyment factor to another level. Most highly recommended.
The long listing of mundane things makes this book tiresome very quickly. Maybe someone who enjoys minutia would enjoy this book.
After six hours, I didn't like any bit of it.
Sorry, not for me.
After looking for something a bit different to read, I came across Murakami's The Wind Up Bird Chronicles, which I thoroughly enjoyed. In fact, this could be a review for both, because whilst the stories are very different, they both affected me in the same way. The Wind up Bird lead me to Kafka as I hadn't yet had my fill of Murakami's unusual, haunting and intelligent style.
Kafka on the Shore is not brilliant or perfect, and there are many flaws (I think), but despite all this, the story grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let go until the very end.
I liked the characters and found them believable, even though objectively they were all a tad unbelievable. I didn't find the story confusing, despite many confusing elements. Murakami leaves a lot to the reader (listener) to decide. I have my own theory on what it all meant, which works very well for me, but may not be even close to what others believe. That's one of Kafka's many appeals.
I loved the surreal style where you constantly wondered if it was supernatural events, or some kind of schizophrenic characters interpretation of the world.
It is hard to select one. Kafka, because I think you can relate to his lost-ness. Nakata is a character you cannot help but love, especially his conversations with cats. Colonel Sanders and Johnny Walker are right up there because of the absurdity.
The end of the book is moving but specifics would spoil it for those who have not read the book.
I listen to audiobooks when I drive and when I hike.
I tried a couple times to get into this novel, but I never got past the first three hours. My mind would just drift away because it was so slow moving. Maybe a story eventually develops, but I'll never know.
The story and the performance was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this author and the performers. I thought it was humorous though hearing a New York accent for a Japanese truck driver; very entertaining.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
This long, winding book tackles so many uncomfortable topics in such a mystical way it is sometimes like you're reading an x-rated nursery rhyme. You squirm your way through some difficult concepts that the author manages by not quite telling you whether you're dealing with reality, dream, or divinity. But each and every character is relatable and empathetic and as we move from one character to the other I found myself longing to hurry to get back, then melting into the new character only to be snapped back again.
My only real criticism is the British narration that makes some characters sound like they're from Dickens, not Murakami. Even this is not enough of a distraction to prevent enjoying this incredible, but slightly mind-boggling book.
Probably no. It was wierd but not bad, just wierd.
I don't know. There was alot of unimportant information that did nothing to enhance the book.
The old guy, Nacamura something.
I can't be to negtive about the book it just wasn't my cup of tea and I can't really say anything to bad since this is someones hard work. Alot of wierd stuff went on in the book.