Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami

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Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami

Fiction - Modern Fiction - ISBN: 0099458322, 1843432684, 1843432285, 1843431106

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published 07/11/2008 | LazyOaf
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Pro Strong narrative, colourful characters and vivid imagery
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"A wonderful exploration of Japanese Mythology"

I picked up this audio book whilst waiting for a flight at Stansted airport and was mainly attracted by the fact that it featured a cat and some fish on the front cover. I am particularly fond of cats and a keen fisherman so that sufficed to draw my interest. Boy am I glad I picked this book up!

The plot of this audio book consists of two seemingly seperate narratives, that of a young runaway (the eponymous Kafka of the title) and Nakata (an ageing finder of lost cats). In essence this audio book charts the progress of these two disparate individuals until their eventual convergence. Along the way this enchanting novel encompasses Japanese mythology, the supernatural and even the suggestion of Alien intervention. Murakamis writing style is unique and refreshing and captivates the reader from the first part. Although some of the material has been covered before, it is presented in a new manner (possibly due to the cultural differences).

Overall I absolutely loved this audio book and it has inspired me to read more of Murakamis works. I would highly recommend this book to all readers and it is certainly one I shall return to in the future.

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  • EimearM15 published 11/06/2015
    murakami is my favourite author great review!
  • joannavos published 07/11/2008
    Must admit I've never listened to an audio book before. Good review
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Fiction - Modern Fiction - ISBN: 0099458322, 1843432684, 1843432285, 1843431106

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Type: Fiction

Genre: Modern Fiction

Title: Kafka on the Shore

Author: Haruki Murakami

ISBN: 0099458322; 1843431106; 1843432285; 1843432684

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Some material ihas been covered before many times

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I picked up this audio book whilst waiting for a flight at Stansted airport and was mainly attracted by the fact that it featured a cat and some fish on the front cover. I am particularly fond of cats and a keen fisherman so that sufficed to draw my interest. Boy am I glad I picked this book up!

The plot of this audio book consists of two seemingly seperate narratives, that of a young runaway (the eponymous Kafka of the title) and Nakata (an ageing finder of lost cats). In essence this audio book charts the progress of these two disparate individuals until their eventual convergence. Along the way this enchanting novel encompasses Japanese mythology, the supernatural and even the suggestion of Alien intervention. Murakamis writing style is unique and refreshing and captivates the reader from the first part. Although some of the material has been covered before, it is presented in a new manner (possibly due to the cultural differences).

Overall I absolutely loved this audio book and it has inspired me to read more of Murakamis works. I would highly recommend this book to all readers and it is certainly one I shall return to in the future.

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EimearM15 11.06.2015 17:50

murakami is my favourite author great review!

joannavos 07.11.2008 14:07

Must admit I've never listened to an audio book before. Good review

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Type Fiction
Genre Modern Fiction
Title Kafka on the Shore
Author Haruki Murakami
ISBN 0099458322; 1843431106; 1843432285; 1843432684

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