Kafka on the Shore
Vintage International, 2006 - 467 頁
With "Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami gives us a novel every bit as ambitious and expansive as "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which has been acclaimed both here and around the world for its uncommon ambition and achievement, and whose still-growing popularity suggests that it will be read and admired for decades to come.
This magnificent new novel has a similarly extraordinary scope and the same capacity to amaze, entertain, and bewitch the reader. A tour de force of metaphysical reality, it 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. Their odyssey, as mysterious to them as it is to us, is enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerizing events. Cats and people carry on conversations, a ghostlike pimp employs a Hegel-quoting prostitute, a forest harbors soldiers apparently unaged since World War II, and rainstorms of fish (and worse) fall from the sky. There is a brutal murder, with the identity of both victim and perpetrator a riddle-yet this, along with everything else, is eventually answered, just as the entwined destinies of Kafka and Nakata are gradually revealed, with one escaping his fate entirely and the other given a fresh start on his own.
Extravagant in its accomplishment, "Kafka on the Shore displays one of the world's truly great storytellers at the height of his powers.
"From the Hardcover edition.
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LibraryThing Review用戶評語 - drmaf - LibraryThing
Simply stunning piece of literature. No book has affected me this way since reading Cloudstreet more than a decade ago. Such a polite novel in a very Japanese way, but what a ride. Two parallel ... 閱讀評論全文
LibraryThing Review用戶評語 - Aug3Zimm - LibraryThing
I liked this book, but I didn't love it. I know this was written before 1Q84, but I read 1Q84 a year or so ago and am only reading Kafka now, so while reading this I kept thinking about how similar it ... 閱讀評論全文