Kafka on the Shore
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Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father’s dark prophesy.
The aging 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.
‘Wonderful… Magical and outlandish’ Daily Mail
‘Hypnotic, spellbinding’ The Times
‘Cool, fluent and addictive’ Daily Telegraph
© Haruki Marakami 2005 (P) Penguin Audio 2020
Wonderful… Magical and outlandishDaily Mail
A magnificently bewildering achievement… Brilliantly conceived, bold in its surreal scope, sexy and driven by a snappy plot… Exuberant storytellingIndependent on Sunday
Cool, fluent and addictiveDaily Telegraph
Hypnotic, spellbindingThe Times
Addictive… Exhilarating… A pleasureEvening Standard
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