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5.0 out of 5 starsA magical read.
Reviewed in Canada on June 24, 2020
I had been recommended this book by a friend who themselves was only halfway through but still that impressed. Having now finished it myself, I would definitely recommend it to others. Not normally my genre but I like to mix it up once in a while. And in this case, it was well justified. A mystical and engaging story that draws you in and makes you think about life without being overly intense. The writing style was adept and brought about a much-appreciated flow to the story. So much so to leave me actually a little disappointed that the book itself wasn't longer. Looking forward to checking out others by this author.
What a welcome breath of fresh air! I have read many so-so books in my life-time and it takes a lot to pique my interest. I was charmed and entertained and grateful that this book did not let me down! I WILL read more by this author! He is fantastic!
Cross between many books. Interesting notions/ideas. Enjoyed it, but not my favorite. Gave it 4 stars- closer to 3 maybe. Liked the flow. Liked the convergence. Missed a bit of punch. Nicely different from western authors. NB. Graphic sexual content - just in case that offends you, be warned.
5.0 out of 5 starsFantastic audio book to go along with the book while you are reading
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 9, 2012
The voices in this audio version are excellent. This book is amazing, and I enjoyed getting to listen to it when I needed to work, cook, and clean, (in addition to reading the book), so I could get it read in time for book club. I recommend this audio book for any other book enthusiast. The story is wonderful and different, and fun to read or listen too (or both!).
4.0 out of 5 starsSurrealistisches, interessantes Werk
Reviewed in Germany on February 9, 2020
Auf das Buch "Kafka on the Shore" bin ich eher zufällig durch eine Empfehlung gestoßen. Im angelsächsischen Raum wird dieses Buch sehr gehypt, was ich bis zu einem gewissen Maße nachvollziehen kann, angesichts der Fülle an Symbolik und philosophischen und psychologischen, bzw. psychoanalytischen, Anklängen. Manche Abschnitte haben nach meinem Empfinden etwas ziemlich Verstörendes an sich, allerdings sind sie, wie sich im weiteren Handlungsverlauf ergibt, auch notwendig, um die Stimmung so zu übertragen, wie sie ankommen soll und die beteiligten Charaktere in ihrer Tiefe darzustellen.
Einen Spannungsbogen hat das Buch nach meiner Einschätzung kaum, von manchen Abschnitten abgesehen, in denen sich innerhalb von Kapiteln etwas Spannung abbaut, die dann meist noch im selben Kapitel wieder abebbt, plätschert es eher vor sich hin. Das tut der Erzählung jedoch keinen Abbruch, denn so bleibt mehr Raum für die Ausleuchtung des Innenlebens der Charaktere. In den Dialogen findet sich immer wieder ein sehr trockener Humor, der mir gut gefällt. Es wird nicht immer klar, was tatsächlich geschieht und was nur in Träumen, aber das hat für mich einen gewissen Reiz.
Wer einen spannungsgeladenen Roman erwartet, ist bei "Kafka on the shore" falsch, wer einen Roman sucht, der zur Selbstreflexion anregt und sich in surrealistischen Gefilden bewegt, ist hier genau richtig.
I cannot recommend this book enough. It is truly wonderful, captivating masterpiece. It draws you in like a magnet. I cannot remember the last time I so much wished that the story would not be over. I just wanted to stay forever in this fascinating, thought - provoking world that Murakami has painted.
It is so sad that few people have nothing else to comment than about the size/volume etc. of this print. Don't be mislead, this is a perfect pocket - size book, very easy to carry with you and read everywhere.
This book is simply wonderful, don't doubt it. Just take a deep breath and dive into the world where people can talk to the cats and truck drivers suddenly discover Beethoven.
O que falar do Murakami. Te leva para dentro de cada cena com maestria tal que o livro entra nos sonhos. Descreve os personagens e seus mecanismos interiores de maneira crua e transparente - reflete nossos defeitos e qualidades. Soma-se a isso a aula de música clássica!
I haven't finished yet but I am absolutely enjoying it. Can't put it down. Already looking forward to reading another Murakami book. In the beginning you can't guess the connection between the different characters but it comes together nicely 3/4 ways of the book
I consider this book one of the best iv'e read in my life, but I can't give it five stars because I thinks some of the literature resources the author uses are not very original. For me its the story of every person and its path through self-loving. I'm a Huge fan of Murakami, and I highly recomend this book.