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海辺のカフカ Vol.2

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四国の図書館に着いたカフカ少年が出会ったのは、30年前のヒットソング、夏の海辺の少年の絵、15歳の美しい少女―。一方、猫と交流ができる老人ナカタさんも、ホシノ青年に助けられながら旅を続ける。“入り口の石”を見つけだし、世界と世界が結びあわされるはずの場所を探すために。謎のキーワードが二人を導く闇の世界に出口はあるのか?海外でも高い評価を受ける傑作長篇小説。
Published 2005 by 新潮社 (first published February 24th 2003)
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David
Mar 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I've read two Murakami novels and both of them simply blew me away. He's just about my favorite author at this time. If you know of anyone writing stuff like this, I'd love to know about it.
Nagisa
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: japanese, 2000s
I still don't like sex scenes in the book; I don't think Hoshino's sex with a prostitute and Tamura's incest are necessary in the story. Yet, Tamura's journey in pursuit of his self involves the imaginative, magnificent world that nobody could expect, that no other writer can create.
Honestly, I don't like young male characters, especially Tamura and Hoshino, who seem to me narcissistic in a way, more centered on self and own desires. But I enjoyed the story anyway.
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The eponymous Tamura Kafka may be only 15 years old, but he's actually the same disaffected thirtysomething protagonist we see in much of Murakami's fiction. He navigates the same absurd world, struggles with the same insecurities, and pursues the same process of self realization. The more this pattern repeats, the less intriguingly bizarre Murakami's world becomes.

Nonetheless, Murakami had a lot of interesting material in this novel, including a recasting of the Oedipus drama and a prolonged fl
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Taka
Fantastic--

I think I understood it better than the first time, but then by the end, I totally lost the thread of my interpretation. Murakami recommends us to read this more than once to "understand" it, so it really was good reading it again, this time in the original Japanese. I've realized I missed so much the first time around, specifically the world of "metaphors" Murakami creates and brings to life in his fictional world.

The story includes so many intellectual references that are not just f
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Danielle
Apr 18, 2008 rated it liked it
I'm not sure what my overall opinion is-- perhaps I'm still processing; maybe I need to read someone else's review... But it was definitely an inspired page-turner, and I was reveling in the story. I usually don't take myself to dinner or drinks alone, armed only with a book, and with this one I was... and then when it came time to wrap things up.. it got really freaking weird.. and then... anti-climactic. Maybe in retrospect I won't feel that way about it but for now I've got that definite fee ...more
Cinzia
Apr 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
An old man that can talk to cats and a young boy with the maturity of an adult. The first one runs away from a shocking murder, the second from a disturbing prophecy. I don't know yet where it goes... but it enraptured my attention completely. Murakami is definitely one of the most interesting modern authors.
Makiko
Aug 09, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
the american version of this book has a far better rating than the japanese version...i've never read murakami in english before, but i doubt his work improves upon translation...

reading "kafka," i realize that i find his books irresistable, but not really likable. i definitely do not like his characters.
Houri
Apr 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Pretty fantastic book. But if you're looking to get your socks knocked off by an ending to make the hours and hours of this long novel worth it, you'll be disappointed. Savor each page alone for what it is and you'll love it.
Genevieve
Mar 27, 2008 rated it liked it
it started off so well. curious and strange and funny. and then it spiraled down into this dense philosophical reflection that was much too dense and abstract for my liking. worth the read simply because it's so different, but hard.
Alvin Lo
a very abstract storyline, quite some words of wisdom, abundant sex scenes as usual. And with some rather persuasive language, it tells u "it's ok to quit ur life and die" -- so better not read it when u'r too down.
Jenny Jones
Mar 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
A riveting read, chock full of mysticism, magic realism and philosophy.
Tracy
Sep 19, 2007 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
And there's a part 2!
Morris Yen
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
傑作!相當發人省思
Andma52
Mar 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Haruki Murakami is a fantastic writer, an excellent read. The first part of the book is exceptional.
Beth
Apr 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of V. Woolf, Pynchon, & Phillip K.Dick
luminous sinous prose full of mystery, honesty and compassion
Melanie
Mar 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Have to admit I listened to this as an audio book, but was completely captivated. I admit to being a little bored with the ending though, it seemed to lose momentum and promise.
Lisa Pasquale
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I was thoroughly mesmerized by this book! I found it evocative and lyrical - much like the titular character, I felt as if dream and waking life were blurred and melded into one another.
Amy
Mar 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
what an amazingly creative book! kept my attention the whole way through and am now reading another of his books!
hollie
Mar 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
so far...im enjoyin it...but it seems murakami has a few things he needs to discuss with a therapist...
Chelsea M
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japanese
This was a difficult book to review. It wasn't the kind of a book that I normally read, and some parts of it I didn't really "get", but overall I liked it.
Andrew P
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you like cat serial killers, having your personality split into two human beings, or intercourse with the 15 year old ghost of your 50 year old lover, you'll enjoy this book.
Lan Anh
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
奇妙で素晴らしい本です、どうやってこの作文果てかなと思って、春木村上様は私のアイドになります
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Murakami Haruki (Japanese: 村上 春樹) is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator. His work has been described as 'easily accessible, yet profoundly complex'. He can be located on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/harukimuraka...

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