Magically mysterious, mysteriously captivating, ”Kafka on the Shore” was my first Murakami, after which I just had to read/listen for more. I continued to the rather extensive ”1Q84”, which I didn’t get from Audible so I won’t be able to review it, but after that needed a breather. I’m gearing up for the release of the English translation of his latest novel, ”Colorless Tzukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” in a few weeks’ time by readying this review/reflection.
”Kafka on the Shore” is such a brilliant novel I couldn’t stop listening. I even had to listen to it in bed at night, which I shouldn't do, since I always fall asleep and spend the next morning finding the place I drifted off. But Murakami’s ability to show the past and present, dreams and phantasmagoria and life and death as if through a prism is of such great talent that it’s a joy throughout. The way he’s able to describe the young adolescent struggle of identity, and sexuality, is remarkably alive, as well as the simple-seeming yet infinitely rewarding life of Nakata.
I think I’ll need to revisit this sooner rather than later, since I just have to see whether it has that magnetic pull in it, now that it’s familiar ground. And then I think I’ll have to use my credits to get some more Murakami after ”Tzukuru Tazaki”.
"Murakami at his best"
Unmissable for any Murakami fan, beautifully read, it is a must have. It is the only one where I feel the narration does the book justice.
"surreal as ever"
I find Murakami a bit hit and miss sometimes captivating and sometimes a little dull. This novel has elements of both but is as ever worth the work to get through. Great story and characters that draw you into their world and make you want to see it through.
Kafka on the Shore is a book of Joy, Ease and Lightness. It is deep, meaningful, witty and intelligent. Above all, the narrators are simply wonderful. The voices are hypnotic and tender, they are clear and concise. Kafka on the Shore is an unforgetable piece of storytelling - an audiobook of the highest quality.
"The Best of Murakami?"
If you know the work of Haruki Murakami and have not yet tried ?Kafka on the Shore? then you are in for a real treat ? better even more enjoyable than 'Norwegian Wood' in my view. If you are not familiar with Murakami?s work then you are in for an even bigger treat ? once you have worked your way carefully through the first chapter the narrative starts to fly and will capture you as it did me. This strong and unique vein of modern Japanese writing is one of the best discoveries that I have made in the last few years and has enriched my reading beyond measure.
"My first Murakami (but not my last)"
I've not read the print version of this edition which is probably just as well as I listen on my commute and driving and reading are not recommended.
I found this story to be magical in it's subject, the way it drew me in to know what was happening, the way things, events, coincidences were left unexplained. I found the idea of cats that talk to be lovely and the way the death of the father engineered to be so neat (but how???) (well never mind that.... it served the purpose).
It's difficult to say which character was my favourite, when a particular character was speaking that was my favourite as I was intimately bound up in the story and the progression of the narrative, however on balance I think Mr Nakata to be enchanting but that's probably more a result of his cat communication. Even the subsidiary characters are there for a good reason, all of them with wisdom to dispense.
I couldn't manage all of this in one sitting. It's a dense book with multiwoven strands that needs thinking about afterwards (and three weeks later I'm still thinking about it).
This was my first Murakami, I think it was so well written and had such an effect on me that I want to save future ones for when I have time to really listen, concentrate, analyse and just plain think about the book. Murakami seems to be, from this one exposure, a sumptuous feast of a writer that needs multiple visits to the table.
"Surreal and fascinating"
I loved this book. It's my first by this author and I will definitely look for more titles by him. The storyline was maintained, with some pauses and roundabouts along the way but they only added to the mystery. This might be called a psychological drama with science fiction/fantasy overtones, set in the real and gritty world of modern Japan, with a seasoning of old folk tales and a slight touch of mysticism. Allow yourself to go with the flow and enjoy to the end.
Again, the reader was spectacular - all accents and characters were well-defined and added immensely to my enjoyment.
My first audiobook ever! Really recommend Audible app. The first book you get free and then you can continue listening to your fav books by paying around £8-9per a book. The quality of the recording is excellent!
So, Kafka on the shore... Amazing writing, or I'd add translation. Mysterious characters, true love and bizarre events are blended together and you get a wonderful book to read (or listen) during the summer. #HarukiMurakamu# I'd thank people who actually were reading the story, it was considerably well paced with certain intonation and pauses. Great job!
Probably the best book I've ever read.
It took a little bit of getting used to but once I was in the flow I loved every minute.
I read the text as I listened to the audio book
A wonderful experience
My 6th Murakami Novel now - it's even overtaken Norwegian Wood as my favorite book ever - something I hadn't thought possible
"Philosophical addictive reading"
It was my first Murakami book. I liked how the author interweaves plot with little essays on music, memory, what constitutes us. The story gets more magical and abstract with every chapter. During listening I could identify myself with a boy.