Why should you read “Kafka on the Shore”? – Iseult Gillespie

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Follow the entwined destinies of Kafka and Nakata in Haruki Murakami’s mind-bending novel “Kafka on the Shore.”

Desperate to escape his tyrannical father and the family curse he feels doomed to repeat, Haruki Murakami’s teenage protagonist renames himself “Kafka” after his favorite author and runs away from home. So begins “Kafka on the Shore”— an epic literary puzzle filled with time travel, hidden histories and magical underworlds. Iseult Gillespie dives into Murakami’s mind-bending and whimsical novel.

Lesson by Iseult Gillespie, directed by Cabong Studios.

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      HARSH TIWARI
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      It is such a delightfully weird book

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      Matteo Babic
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      Should read all his books man. Especially a wild sheep chase

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      Everett Mader
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      does anybody know the music in this video?

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      Ana Stamenković
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      i'm 14 can i still read it or i have to wait

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      Choi Zeinab
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      I read this when i was 15 years i wasn't understand everything now it's my favourite ♥️

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      Choi Zeinab
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      This is my favourite and all murakami's books its amazing world

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      Brownie
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      This is a book that's constantly on my mind

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      Sierra Smith
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      I read the Wind Up Bird Chronicle – I HATED IT !!! if anyone has an opinion on the book please share !!

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      outresru
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      Just purchased this book after seeing the video, someone already suggested it to me before but the idea didn't resonate with me then. Now i think i found out about this in my perfect time, will arrive just a few days after finishing my finals, i'm so excited! <3

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      Damie131
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      Currently reading one of his book, will read this next. Glad I saw this ep.

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      Tanjiro Kamado:)
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      I'm currently reading "norwegian wood" and after i finish it i'mtotally buying this one

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      천사
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      It’s been months and I haven’t finished the book yet. It’s not that it’s not good, i just find Murakami’s work to be so thought-provoking, sometimes shocking, sometimes heavier that i need time to contemplate and or take a break from it…is it just me?

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      Subhash Bishnoi
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      I want exactly what sakura did with Kafka that night

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      penopias sisis
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      하루키는 꼭 읽고 살아야 합니다. 세계인에게 강추

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      Vishnupriya KP
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      For sensitive readers I would not recommend this book especially if you are young like me for there are certain elements which does not feel quite good? idk but certain 2 chapters had me traumatized so I am keeping it away to be read when I am older (i know i should've checked the age rating but meh im quite tooo curious to be bound by it but I do try to keep my boundaries lol)

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      Tabea
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      watching this even tho i am already 400 pages in

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      ur bookworm gf
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      The only book that even been written

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      Kafka ontheshore
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      The paradox of strength

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      Samira Selmani
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      This book felt like a fever dream. Wish I could read it for the first time again. Lonely main charachters, mysterious women, jazz, and of course cats. Typical Murakami. Captivating captivating captivating.

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      B.Cristina
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      Just finished to read the book .. Well, this was indeed a magic and deep journey.
      After the last page , I felt some sort of emptiness.. Something to think about..

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      serrafim
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      I kept on dreaming about it everytime I sleep since I finished it hours ago

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      Alpha+
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      "…the shadow you cast on the ground is only half as dark as that of ordinary people"
      This is when I realize it's no ordinary book.

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      Praveena Shanmughan
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      One of the best book I've ever read💜

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      DPS Phil
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      The world of the grotesque is the darkness within us. -Kafka on the shore

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      DPS Phil
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      The killing of cats broke my heart

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      franz
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      I may be convinced to read it… I'm not a huge fan of Murakami. A lot like Vonnegut for me, I enjoy a couple of their short stories but their books are unbearable. His earlier stuff may be different. From what I've noticed, and others have pointed out, he is also no good at writing women. How can one be a good author and not properly write about and characterize people who make up half the population? Haha.

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      ARUSH
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      Damn you Johnnie Walker

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      Julissa DC
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      Its a good book but I wouldn't recommend it to people that doesn't read, only to avid readers since it can be very very very boring and long💟

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      James Longstaff
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      I read this book because I watched this video and I wanted more magical realism. Thank you for the recommendation.

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      yasmiNAH
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      maybe if u cared to mention the raging misogyny in this book (and from this writer in general!) whilst singing its praises i wudnt b traumatised lmfao

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      Harsimrandeep Singh
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      Please let me know, who's music is that?

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      Sundazed
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      I recently found Murakami through a couple of his short stories (the train whistle in the night and the 100% perfect girl — both great reads about love and isolation) and I can't wait to read more of his works. Once I finish The Stranger, this will be next up on my list.

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      Seulgi🖤
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      I literally just had a copy of ebook. Still haven't started it. I have a lot of classical books I need to finish before starting Japanese Contemporary.

      Then there's light novels, and Western Fantasy books piles up.

      I need godspeed in reading

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      P F
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      the musics too loud editors

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      sunray
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      reading the japanese version, wonder how did they translate some very japanese verses like "naruheso, heso no goma, goma wo mabushite tanukijiru" into english and spanish?

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      Crystal P
      May 20, 2022 08:53 am Reply

      I haven’t read “Kafka on the Shore” yet, but I read “Norwegian Wood” last year and absolutely loved it. (A social media mutual of mine who is a huge Murakami fan recommended “Norwegian Wood” to start with. I also have copies of “Kafka on the Shore” and “1Q84”.) I ended up listening to a lot of Beatles music while reading that one, so perhaps Led Zeppelin and Prince would make for perfect reading playlists for this book, too. Although I must say that saying the title “Kafka on the Shore” has almost the same cadence to me as “Riders on the Storm” by The Doors, and so that song ends up playing in my head whenever I see the book cover. I wonder if The Doors would make good reading music for “Kafka…” as well?

      (Yes, I like reading with music in the background. My go-to is usually instrumental classical music, but some books — like “Norwegian Wood” or perhaps “Daisy Jones and The Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid — inspire more specific music choices. I’ve been trying to resume reading “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” by Tom Wolfe and I found that tuning into the ‘60s Rock station on Pandora helped me get into a reading groove for that.)

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