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Kafka on the Shore 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.As their paths converge, and the reasons for that convergence become clear, Haruki Murakami enfolds readers in a world where cats talk, fish fall from the sky, and spirits slip out of their bodies to make love or commit murder.Kafka on the Shore displays one of the world’s great storytellers at the peak of his powers.
The unlikely alliance between Kafka Tamura, a fifteen-year-old runaway, and the aging Nakata, a man who has never recovered from a wartime affliction, brings dramatic changes to both characters as they embark on a surreal odyssey through a strange, sometimes violent, sometimes fantastical world. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
Number of Pages: 467
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Series Title: Vintage International
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Haruki Murakami
Street Date: January 3, 2006
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-6316
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Camas — 2 years ago
The cover displayed online is not the product you will receive. I used the Target online chat and was told that the cover advertised is what would be shipped - however it's the newer illustration, not the one shown by John Gall. Had to return as it's not what I ordered, very disappointing.