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Kafka on the Shore por Haruki Murakami
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Kafka on the Shore (original 2005; edição 2006)

por Haruki Murakami

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With Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami gives us a novel every bit as ambitious and expansive as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which has been acclaimed both here and around the world for its uncommon ambition and achievement, and whose still-growing popularity suggests that it will be read and admired for decades to come. This magnificent new novel has a similarly extraordinary scope and the same capacity to amaze, entertain, and bewitch the reader. A tour de force of metaphysical reality, it is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom. Their odyssey, as mysterious to them as it is to us, is enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerizing events. Cats and people carry on conversations, a ghostlike pimp employs a Hegel-quoting prostitute, a forest harbors soldiers apparently unaged since World War II, and rainstorms of fish (and worse) fall from the sky. There is a brutal murder, with the identity of both victim and perpetrator a riddle-yet this, along with everything else, is eventually answered, just as the entwined destinies of Kafka and Nakata are gradually revealed, with one escaping his fate entirely and the other given a fresh start on his own. Extravagant in its accomplishment, Kafka on the Shore displays one of the world's truly great storytellers at the height of his powers.… (mais)
Membro:amanda.lea
Título:Kafka on the Shore
Autores:Haruki Murakami
Informação:Vintage (2006), Paperback, 480 pages
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This was by far the strangest book that I’ve ever read. I’m not even sure how to describe it. The best I can come up with is a book burrito with the works – part LSD trip, part existentialism, with some sci-fi, horror, romance, tragedy, and comedy, all wrapped up in tortilla that is deep and insightful.

Parts I loved, parts I hated, but by the last page it was clear that this is a book that will stay with you long after reading it. A haunting story, murky yet at the same time crystal clear. Translated from Japanese, I can’t hep but wonder how powerful it must be if read in its native language.

The writing is at times excessively detailed, reading like a grocery list. The author leaves no stone un-turned or action unmentioned. At the same time, this book made me think in a way that few books have done, and none in a very long time. For that I give it 5 stars! ( )
  ShannonHollinger | Feb 15, 2021 |
This is told in first person (Kafka's part) and third (Nakata's part) and both blend perfectly together. Which is a feat because that's not easy to do.

Kafka is on a mission to find his mother and sister. The reason why will become clear as you read. And that reason is beyond weird. Granted it made sense, but still, wowzer batman, wowzer.

This is a blend of surreal, heart-warming, cringe-factor-1000, and bananas all wrapped in a succinct package. I can't and won't tell you more, except that it was superbly written and executed. That I miss these characters and want to back to them. At first I felt like I missed something of the overall experience (I mention that in my YouTube review) but after giving yet more thought I understand that I didn't - that I simply just miss these characters and the world in which they live.

That's why I changed my rating from a 4 to a 5.

( )
  JBTaylor42 | Feb 7, 2021 |
Man, this book leaves you with a lot of questions. It gets into such strange depths though that it's no surprise that you're not much wiser at the ending. The book alternates every chapter between the two main characters, Kafka Tamura and Mr. Nakata. Kafka runs away from home and father, without much sense of direction, eventually he ends up at some fancy library. Weird shit happens on the way and weird shit happens there. Amongst others, he meets two females who might or might not be his long lost sister and mother. Knowing that his father predicted he would kill him and fuck his sister and mother, like a true Oedipus, fun is guaranteed.

Mr. Nakata is an old man who lost much of his intellect when he fell into a coma on a little school trip where 14 little children fell unconscious, him being the only one not to wake up after an hour or two. He turns into some kind of loveable simple old man, who refers to himself in the third person and can speak to cats... and stones. Oh and he can make it rain fish ... and leeches! He sets out on a quest to do something he doesn't quite understand himself. He finds himself a nice companion, a Mr. Hoshino. These two are really a superb duo if I ever encountered one.

I really enjoyed reading both stories with great enthusiasm, up until Kafka gets obsessed with that ghost girl of his, who may or may not be mother, who also becomes his lover. It's still pretty good, but it gets so confusing that I secretly longed for the next chapter with Nakata and Hoshino. They possibly get into even weirder stuff, but it has more of a quirky quality to it. I'm a bit disappointed by the last bit of Kafka's story, as it couldn't enthrall me as much as it could the first 400 pages or so. But I can still say I really liked it as a whole.

Nakata and Kafka are obviously linked, the stories interrelate very much but it's hard to get a clear cut view on the exact answers. I suppose this one needs a couple more reads before I'll even begin to understand it, although I've read some interesting theories online already. It's a very enjoyable read though and I can warmly recommend it if you don't mind going into an odd world and coming out having to figure most of it out for yourself.

4.5 ( )
  superpeer | Feb 1, 2021 |
Nearly 4 stars. I really enjoyed it but I'm not sure whether I can recommend it. Very well crafted and I didn't get bored at all - but I think it only works because the writing is so good, I'm still a bit ambivalent about the substance. However I'm definitely going to read his latest IQ84 so I guess I should probably have gone for 4 stars...... ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
The book I read just before this was by a Japanese author of a different generation, Masks by Fumiko Enchi. Noh drama was a major backdrop to Enchi's Masks, and the same character is referenced in Murakami's Kafka: the Rokujō lady from The Tale of Genji.

Both books feature an educated woman of "a certain age" with a complicated past who takes care of unfinished business by becoming a living ghost. So now having read both books back to back I have the impression that the Japanese love a good ghost story.

Almost anything else I say about this book could be a spoiler. It's like a Dali painting: surreal, dreamlike, and beautifully crafted. I love the classical music references: Schubert Piano Sonata No. 17 and Beethoven piano trio in B-flat major, Op 97 "Archduke."

Maybe goodreads will let me insert YouTube links: https://youtu.be/FTU-7s1X77o and https://youtu.be/vXaWnfKAPuU ( )
  Linda_Louise | Jan 20, 2021 |
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The weird, stately urgency of Murakami's novels comes from their preoccupation with . . . internal problems; you can imagine each as a drama acted out within a single psyche. In each, a self lies in pieces and must be put back together; a life that is stalled must be kick-started and relaunched into the bruising but necessary process of change. Reconciling us to that necessity is something stories have done for humanity since time immemorial. Dreams do it, too. But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves.
adicionada por InfoQuest | editarNew York Times, Laura Miller (Feb 6, 2005)
 
Maar net zoals in de rest van Murakami’s omvangrijke oeuvre blijft het niet bij het wegloop-realisme van de hoofdpersoon. Onverklaarbare wendingen, bovennatuurlijke verschijnselen, irreële toevalligheden en onwaarschijnlijke personages roepen bij de nuchtere lezer al snel de vraag op waarom hij in godsnaam maar blijft dóórlezen.
adicionada por PGCM | editarNRC, Ger Groot
 
Kafka Tamura se va de casa el día en que cumple quince años. La razón, si es que la hay, son las malas relaciones con su padre, un escultor famoso convencido de que su hijo habrá de repetir el aciago sino del Edipo de la tragedia clásica, y la sensación de vacío producida por la ausencia de su madre y su hermana, a quienes apenas recuerda porque también se marcharon de casa cuando era muy pequeño. El azar, o el destino, le llevarán al sur del país, a Takamatsu, donde encontrará refugio en una peculiar biblioteca y conocerá a una misteriosa mujer mayor, tan mayor que podría ser su madre, llamada Saeki. Si sobre la vida de Kafka se cierne la tragedia –en el sentido clásico–, sobre la de Satoru Nakata ya se ha abatido –en el sentido real–: de niño, durante la segunda guerra mundial, sufrió un extraño accidente que lo marcaría de por vida. En una excursión escolar por el bosque, él y sus compañeros cayeron en coma; pero sólo Nakata salió con secuelas, sumido en una especie de olvido de sí, con dificultades para expresarse y comunicarse... salvo con los gatos. A los sesenta años, pobre y solitario, abandona Tokio tras un oscuro incidente y emprende un viaje que le llevará a la biblioteca de Takamatsu. Vidas y destinos se van entretejiendo en un curso inexorable que no atiende a razones ni voluntades. Pero a veces hasta los oráculos se equivocan.
 
”Et stort verk, men likevel lekende lett lesning.”
 

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With Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami gives us a novel every bit as ambitious and expansive as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which has been acclaimed both here and around the world for its uncommon ambition and achievement, and whose still-growing popularity suggests that it will be read and admired for decades to come. This magnificent new novel has a similarly extraordinary scope and the same capacity to amaze, entertain, and bewitch the reader. A tour de force of metaphysical reality, it is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom. Their odyssey, as mysterious to them as it is to us, is enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerizing events. Cats and people carry on conversations, a ghostlike pimp employs a Hegel-quoting prostitute, a forest harbors soldiers apparently unaged since World War II, and rainstorms of fish (and worse) fall from the sky. There is a brutal murder, with the identity of both victim and perpetrator a riddle-yet this, along with everything else, is eventually answered, just as the entwined destinies of Kafka and Nakata are gradually revealed, with one escaping his fate entirely and the other given a fresh start on his own. Extravagant in its accomplishment, Kafka on the Shore displays one of the world's truly great storytellers at the height of his powers.

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