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Haruki Murakami is the David Lynch of literature; everything doesn’t always make sense, but it's so compelling you can't stop listening or trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together. Such is the case with Murakami's mind-bending Kafka on the Shore, which follows the lives of 15-year-old Kafka and an old man named Nakata, who might be aspects of the same person...or maybe not. What we do know is that Kafka runs away from home to find his lost mother and sister and winds up living in a library in the seaside town of Takamatsu, where he spends his days reading literature. Then he's suspected of being involved in a murder. In alternating chapters, we also hear the story of Nakata, who makes a living as a "cat whisperer," searching for lost pets. He embarks on a road trip searching for a particularly hard to find cat, traveling far away from his home for the first time, and the narrative suggests he's fated to meet Kafka. But does he? Oh, and there's also truly bizarre appearances by Johnnie Walker and Colonel Sanders.

Oliver Le Sueur as Kafka and Sean Barrett as Nakata both give hypnotic readings of the main and supporting characters. Le Sueur performs double duty for Kafka and the teen's inner voice, Crow, reading with such gravitas that you might find yourself leaning forward a bit with expectancy for the next line of dialogue or intricate detail. Barrett's deep, warm voice is perfectly grandfatherly as Nakata, whose uncertain destination and deep wonder at the world he has never seen is the lynchpin of the novel. Barrett's voice is a national treasure in Britain – having voiced Shakespeare, Dickens, and Beckett – and you'll wish he narrated just about every book once you hear how he commits to Nakata.

As Kafka prepares to leave home, his alter ego tells the boy that he's about to enter a metaphysical and symbolic storm. "Once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through – how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure if the storm is over, but one thing is certain – when you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in." That can also be said of any listener who chooses to explore Murakami's beautiful, enigmatic world. —Collin Kelley

Inhaltsangabe

Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down. Their parallel odysseys are enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerising dramas. Cats converse with people; fish tumble from the sky; a ghostlike pimp deploys a Hegel-spouting girl of the night; a forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since WWII. There is a savage killing, but the identity of both victim and killer is a riddle.

Murakami's new novel is at once a classic tale of quest, but it is also a bold exploration of mythic and contemporary taboos, of patricide, of mother-love, of sister-love. Above all it is an entertainment of a very high order.

©2005 Haruki Murakami (P)2005 Naxos Audiobooks

Kritikerstimmen

"I've never read a novel that I found so compelling because of its narrative inventiveness and love of storytelling....Great entertainment." ( Guardian)
"An insistently metaphysical mind-bender." ( The New Yorker)
"Daringly original and compulsively readable." ( The Washington Post's Book World)

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Gesamt

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Sterne
    148
  • 4 Sterne
    48
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    11
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Sprecher

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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    107
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    20
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    3
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    1
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Geschichte

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  • Gesamt
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Martina
  • Oberpframmern, Deutschland
  • 05.01.2007

Ein Genuss

Die Buecher von H.M. sind von der Handlung her meistens etwas 'Schraeg', also nicht 100% realistisch - man muss sich darauf einlassen. Dieses Buch ist wunderbar erzaehlt und spannend. Das Englisch war fuer mich gut versteandlich.
Wer Murakami mag, wird dieses Buch lieben.

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  • Gesamt
    4 out of 5 stars
  • folgren
  • Aachen, Deutschland
  • 30.10.2007

Sieben Leben

Etwas Seltsames geschieht, wenn man dieses Buch hört. Mitten drin fällt einem auf, wie dick es doch zu sein scheint, aber man legt es nicht aus der Hand. Nicht weil es plötzlich Blutegel regnet, die unbeantworte Frage, was real ist und was nicht, wieder einmal gestellt wird. Man möchte unbedingt wissen, wie dieser Roman ausgeht. Wenn ein Autor das schafft, muß er sein Handwerk verstehen. Natürlich kann er nicht bei jedem die hochgesteckten Erwartungen erfüllen und der ein oder andere mag auf Grund des unspektakulären Endes ein wenig enttäuscht sein, trotzdem verwandelt Murakami diesen eigenartigen Stoff mittels Anleihen bei Kriminalhandlung, bekettscher Endzeitstimmung und wie er es selber nennt: eines Road-Movies mit wechselnden Schauplätzen und wechselnden Akteuren in einen Roman, bei dem man sich nicht langweilt, sich höchstens dabei erwischt, wie man den Kopf über das absurde Labyrinth schüttelt und schmunzelt.

6 von 6 Hörern fanden diese Rezension hilfreich

  • Gesamt
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Geschichte
    5 out of 5 stars

Oedipus on an Odyssey in modern Japan

No surprise, this is a great book and you would not expect anything else from Murakami. As far as I am concerned, it is the best book, I listened to this year and this also partly due to the fantastic reading job, Sean Barrett and Oliver Le Sueur did.

Murakami’s story reminded me to a certain extend of Sophocles' tragedy of Oedipus. In both cases there is an identical gruesome prophecy, but whereas it ends in disaster in the old Greek play, it leads to deliverance and liberation in Murakami’s narrative.

It is a fantastic story with strong, archetypal pictures and scenes, but far from your typical fantasy novel. The ingredients for that are there, talking cats, fish and leeches falling from the sky and a mysterious entrance stone to another world, but regardless of all the metaphysical attire, it is a story about love, loss and the search for a meaningful life.

The protagonists of the story are the 15 year old teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who ran away from home to escape from his heartless father and Nakata, an innocent, endearing old man, who suffers from a wartime affliction. They never meet in person, but they are closely linked by fate. Both of them set out on an odyssey, Kafka to find his long-lost mother and sister and Nakata to find the mysterious entrance stone.

Of course Murakami knows, how to tell a story. The prose is colorful - an excellent translation obviously - and there is more than a pinch of humor now and then, e.g. when we meet Johnny Walker from the whisky label and Colonel Sanders from KFC in person.

This book is more than just entertainment. It resonated very strongly with me and long after I listened to it, it stayed on my mind and I could not help, but think about Kafka, Nakata and their friends.

1 von 1 Hörern fanden diese Rezension hilfreich

  • Gesamt
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars

weerd at first glance

Murakami's style. I was about to put the book dow. but than something changed and the story got another twist.
The story tellers are in a class of there own.
all in all a book worth reading

  • Gesamt
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Geschichte
    5 out of 5 stars

Magnificent.

My first Murakami. A complex erratic story full of twists and tangles.it takes you beyond boundaries of normal real life with all those wonderful magical moments. Full of unique characters. Even the ones who didn’t seem to play a major role where charismatic( mr. Nakata was my favourite of all). It builds up beautiful, mundane as well as brutal,bizarre and achingly lovely scenes in your mind.
A mixture of fantasy, magic realism, repetition, symbols and metaphors ties together in a genius way. I just can’t describe how much I enjoyed every moment of it.

  • Gesamt
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Beauty

The book starts of almost depressing but then sucks you in and won't let you go. The two main characters are deep but very lovable. I read the book twice back to back because I felt that missed some of Haruki's message and even in the second go I couldn't let go....love it

  • Gesamt
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Geschichte
    5 out of 5 stars

great read and performance

this was the best book I ever read/heard and the narrators were excellent as well

  • Gesamt
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Sprecher
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Geschichte
    1 out of 5 stars

mixed opinion

1st half: good, mysterious, engaging, diverse, rich, colorful...
2nd half: pretentious, repetitive, drivel, pseudointellectual, aimless, boring...

  • Gesamt
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Geschichte
    5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful literature

A world of its own. Beautifully narrated.Interesting characters.
Don't understand though how the old man's story and the librarians relate.

  • Gesamt
    4 out of 5 stars
  • vms1160
  • Wien, Oesterreich
  • 02.04.2011

Großartige Geschichte, grandios gelesen, enttäuschendes Ende

Murakamis Geschichten sind nie "ganz normal", diese ist fesselnd und außerdem genial erzählt und gesprochen. Die ca. 20 Stunden sind schnell vorbei - leider auch das Ende, hier hätte ich mir mehr erwartet. Auch wenn ich hier etwas enttäuscht war, bleibt dennoch der Genuss der vielen Stunden vorher im Vordergrund. Jedenfalls hörenswert!

0 von 1 Hörern fanden diese Rezension hilfreich