Kafka on the Shore (unabridged)

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Haruki Murakami

Kafka on the Shore

Read by Sean Barrett & Oliver Le Sueur


This title is no longer available to customers from the USA, Canada, Guam, Marshall Islands, Philippine Islands and American Samoa. Distribution rights for these countries have transferred to Random House. Kafka on the Shore is the latest novel by Japan’s leading literary novelist, who developed a world-wide cult reputation with Norwegian Wood. In Kafka on the Shore, Murakami continues with his remarkable combination of profound insight into humankind with a totally credible touch of the fantastical – a unique tour de force. The teenager Kafka Tamura goes on the run and holes up in a strange library in a small country town. Concurrently, Nakata, a finder of lost cats, goes on a puzzling odyssey across Japan. Only gradually do we find how these stories interweave.

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    Running Time: 19 h 05 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-962-954-625-0
    Cat. no.:NAX40512
    CD RRP: $89.98 USD
    Download size:279 MB
    Released:April 2006
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Kafka Tamura, a precocious fifteen-year-old from Tokyo with oedipal tendencies, runs away from home, meets a transsexual librarian on Shikoku, Japan’s smallest island, reads a lot of books, sleeps with two women (his sister? His mother?), finds his true self in a magical forest. Meanwhile, sixtysomething, brain-damaged Nakata murders a man who kills cats to make flutes from their souls, legs it to the same Shikoku library and finds his true self in a motel room. I think. Murakami isn’t good with loose ends but he is brilliant with talking cats, mixed-up adolescents, quirky relationships and stories requiring off-the-wall imagination. I wouldn’t have lasted the course without Sean Barrett, whose Nakata will wring your heart. You either love or loathe Japan’s favourite novelist. I’m still undecided.

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