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Kafka on the Shore

(2005)
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Awards
World Fantasy Best Novel
The opening pages of a Haruki Murakami novel can be like the view out an airplane window onto tarmac. But at some point between page three and fifteen--it's page thirteen in Kafka On The Shore--the deceptively placid narrative lifts off, and you find yourself breaking through clouds at a tilt, no longer certain where the plane is headed or if the laws of flight even apply.

Joining the rich literature of runaways, Kafka On The Shore follows the solitary, self-disciplined schoolboy Kafka Tamura as he hops a bus from Tokyo to the randomly chosen town of Takamatsu, reminding himself at each step that he has to be "the world¹s toughest fifteen-year-old." He finds a secluded private library in which to spend his days--continuing his impressive self-education--and is befriended by a transgendered clerk and the mysteriously remote head librarian, Miss Saeki, whom he fantasizes may be his long-lost mother. Meanwhile, in a second, wilder narrative spiral, an elderly Tokyo man named Nakata veers from his calm routine by murdering a stranger. An unforgettable character, beautifully delineated by Murakami, Nakata can speak with cats but cannot read or write, nor explain the forces drawing him toward Takamatsu and the other characters.

To say that the fantastic elements of Kafka On The Shore are complicated and never fully resolved is not to suggest that the novel fails. Although it may not live up to Murakami's masterful The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Nakata and Kafka's fates keep the reader enthralled to the final pages, and few will complain about the loose threads at the end. --Regina Marler

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January 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: Kafka on the Shore A novel
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 1-4000-4366-2 / 978-1-4000-4366-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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January 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: Kafka on the Shore
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 1-84343-268-4 / 978-1-84343-268-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Harvill Press
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January 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: Kafka On The Shore (Leather Bound)
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 1-84343-271-4 / 978-1-84343-271-5 (UK edition)
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January 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: Kafka On The Shore (Leather Bound)
Author(s): Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel
ISBN: 1-84343-110-6 / 978-1-84343-110-7 (UK edition)
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October 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Kafka On The Shore (Vintage Magic)
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 0-09-959386-6 / 978-0-09-959386-7 (UK edition)
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October 2005 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Kafka On The Shore (Vintage Magic)
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 0-09-945832-2 / 978-0-09-945832-6 (UK edition)
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January 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Kafka on the Shore
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 1-4000-7927-6 / 978-1-4000-7927-8 (USA edition)
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October 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Kafka on the Shore
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ISBN: 0-09-949409-4 / 978-0-09-949409-6 (UK edition)
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October 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Kafka on the Shore
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 0-307-27526-4 / 978-0-307-27526-4 (USA edition)
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January 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Kafka On The Shore (Vintage Magic)
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ISBN: 1-84343-228-5 / 978-1-84343-228-9 (UK edition)
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2005 : Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Kafka on the Shore
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
ISBN: 5551416399 / 978-5551416395
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August 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Kafka on the Shore
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
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Title: Kafka on the Shore
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May 2006 : Audio CD
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Title: Kafka On The Shore (Unabr.)
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ISBN: 9626344059 / 978-9626344057
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April 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Kafka on the Shore
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April 2006 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Kafka on the Shore
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October 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Kafka On The Shore (Vintage Magic)
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
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January 2005 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Kafka on the Shore (Vintage International)
Author(s): Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Vintage
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