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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
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May 23, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: library-book, other
Read in May, 2012

Joining the rich literature of runaways, Kafka On The Shore follows the solitary, self-disciplined schoolboy Kafka Tamura as he hops a bus from Tokyo to the randomly chosen town of Takamatsu, reminding himself at each step that he has to be "the world's toughest fifteen-year-old." He finds a secluded private library in which to spend his days--continuing his impressive self-education--and is befriended by a clerk and the mysteriously remote head librarian, Miss Saeki, whom he fantasizes may be his long-lost mother. Meanwhile, in a second, wilder narrative spiral, an elderly Tokyo man named Nakata veers from his calm routine by murdering a stranger. An unforgettable character, beautifully delineated by Murakami, Nakata can speak with cats but cannot read or write, nor explain the forces drawing him toward Takamatsu and the other characters.

perhaps it's my lack of knowledge about the author's writing style - this is the first book of theirs that i have read - or perhaps it's the translation from Japanese but i found this book to be a real slog.

it was, i felt, slow and ponderous and calm throughout...even when momentous events occurred. i couldnt really get into this book - it felt like wading through treacle and trying to read fog.

edit: this review http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... pretty much summed up my feelings.

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