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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
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Feb 21, 2012

did not like it

I know, know, KNOW this is an excellent novel, very unusual, very intense...
Impossible to know if we are in the midst of deep metaphysical exploration or just a dive into the brains of some schizophrenic characters.
References to high culture (Oedipus, Kakfa of course) but also to popular icons (Colonel Sanders, Johnny Walker) abound and give the novel a certain scholarly appeal.
And yet, I really did not like the novel... I slowly dragged my way through it waiting for the turning point that would leave me breathless with admiration.
I was so relieved to finally finish the novel, as it really felt like a long, long, large spoonful of cod liver oil.. the very kind my father made me swallow when I was a child, because it was so good for me! No doubt about that!
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message 1: by Brie (new)

Brie I have tried to read Murakami books in the past and they always leave me wondering what all the fuss over this author is about. I can see he has writing flair but the story suffers from his being all fancy in his writing style. After three attempts at three different books of his...I have given up on trying to read his books and figure he is just not my type of writer. Glad to see I am not the only one unimpressed by him since most people gush about his books.

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