"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.
"Captivating novel by Murakami!"
Like in other works by Murakami, I got sucked into the story almost instantly, and I loved every second of it. I always enjoy the way Murakami paints a scenery, or describes his characters. Would absolutely recommend this, and other Murakami books, to people who love to think about out of the ordinary kind of things.
I was recommended this by a friend who 'warned me that it was different'. It was but in such a great way. original, brilliant story with intermingling ones. Unique and creative. The writing was beautiful.
"Very Japanese ."
I need to listen to it again and concentrate more . A lovely journey, metaphorical indeed.
What a beautiful book. It's the calm pace of Murakami's story telling and the other worldly quirks that make them so captivating and special. Loved it and didn't want it to end. I could have spent double the time with Kafka and still not tired of him.
"Stunning - a Masterpiece in Storytelling"
Playful, multi-genre and elegant.
Satoru Nakata's confrontation with Johnnie Walker and subsequent confusion.
Satoru Nakata - or Hoshino- lovely characterisations.
Haruki Murakami. A spirited, playful writer whose stories are like origami, beautiful but exact, simple but mysterious. Many levels of reality simultaneously give you the feeling you can hop from one level to another at will. Which means you can infinitely interpret to your heart's content.
Kafka on the Shore is a masterpiece.
He's also multi-genre:
in one book we have humour, drama, romance, suspense and horror. Like Stephen King in his talent, but much more elegant.
This is a stunning book. I'm nearing the conclusion. Fortunately, he's written more!
"What was this about?"
Do you need to be either Japanese or have an in depth knowledge of Japanese mythology and culture to understand this book? I am not, don't and I didn't. Good narration. I could cope with the sadistic torture, just. But I couldn't accept the story at its basic level let alone understand where it might have been coming from.
I'm not into fantasy and resisted the idea of Murukami's strange alternative worlds for a long time, but the audiobooks of his novels and especially Kafka have totally hooked me. The narration is wonderful and the characters especially Nakata are so engaging that you suspend all disbelief. Moreover, it's a great introduction to other Japanese literature - I'm now going to read some of the Japanese classics that are mentioned in Kafka - and listen to the music that is mentioned. I've now listened through three times and keep getting more out of it - and yes, it is also so soothing that it works a treat for 3 am wakefulness.
"Deep and full of questions"
I discovered Murakami through 1Q84, which although interesting, I found ultimately annoying as there were too many questions unanswered at the end. This book also leaves many questions, but they're the sort that couldn't be answered easily. A mix of the supernatural and the real, with complex characters and a plot that draws you in, a deeply satisfying book. The two main narrators are excellent and the characterisation is perfect. If there's one little annoyance it is that the two narrators pronounce names differently, but you get used to it quickly. Highly recommended.
"An unsettling and reassuring "read""
Expertly read, this title is a work of depth, of feelings and mysterious events, all tied together in an intricate and often grotesque - yet somehow completely believable - fabric.
Lots of references to works of art - literature and music - but always to nudge the reader deeper into the mysteries of the human heart and of life itself.
I am glad I chose to listen to this title. Murakami does not spare us the horrific cruelty that is all too often part of man, but he abundantly makes up for it through his love for his characters. I very rarely shed tears over books, but this one did it. It has enriched me.