Not Kafkaesque but…

15 01 2006

Book front cover

Kafka on the Shore
Haruki Murakami
4 out of 5 stars
Entertaining stuff nevertheless. And certainly thought provoking. And a real page turner. It’s kind of reminiscent of early Iain Banks (that’s without the M). Anyway, a bit spooky in places but genuinely worth it I think.



One response

16 01 2006
Casey Leaver

I’ve recently read several Murakami books and I have to confess I was left a bit underwhelmed.

I got the distinct impression that I was being a bit thick and missing some important intellectual point. Was I?

I did love Norwegian Wood though – which is what started me off reading some of his others.


The only other one I’ve read is Dance, Dance, Dance. Avoided Norwegian Wood because of the title and a friend’s recommendation to steer clear.

Part of it I think is about the translation issue which inevitably loses subtlety. But also think he tends to be deliberately vague

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