Kafka on the Shore Book
Score: 4
From 211 Ratings

Kafka on the Shore


  • Author : Haruki Murakami
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2005-01-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400044818

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Kafka on the Shore Excerpt :

Kafka on the Shore displays one of the world’s great storytellers at the peak of his powers. Here we meet a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who is on the run, and Nakata, an aging simpleton who is drawn to Kafka for reasons that he cannot fathom. As their paths converge, acclaimed author Haruki Murakami enfolds readers in a world where cats talk, fish fall from the sky, and spirits slip out of their bodies to make love or commit murder, in what is a truly remarkable journey.

Kafka on the Shore Book
Score: 4
From 193 Ratings

Kafka on the Shore


  • Author : Haruki Murakami
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2011-10-10
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN 10 : 9781448103690

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Kafka on the Shore Excerpt :

Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, 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. As their parallel odysseys unravel, cats converse with people; fish tumble from the sky; a ghost-like pimp deploys a Hegel-spouting girl of the night; a forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since World War II. There is a savage killing, but the identity of both victim and killer is a riddle - one of many which combine to create an elegant and dreamlike masterpiece. 'Wonderful... Magical and outlandish' Daily Mail 'Hypnotic, spellbinding' The Times 'Cool, fluent and addictive' Daily Telegraph

Kafka on the Shore Book
Score: 4
From 189 Ratings

Kafka on the Shore


  • Author : Haruki Murakami
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: Detective and mystery stories
  • Pages : 59
  • ISBN 10 : 9780099458326

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Kafka on the Shore Excerpt :

Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at fifteen, under the shadow of his father's dark prophecy. The ageing Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his simple 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 forest harbours soldiers apparently un-aged since WWII. There is a savage killing, but the identity of both victim and killer is a riddle. At once a classic tale of quest, Kafka on the Shore is also a bold exploration of mythic and contemporary taboos, of patricide, of mother-love, of sister-love. Above all it is a bewitching and wildly inventive novel from a master stylist.

Vintage Murakami Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Vintage Murakami


  • Author : Haruki Murakami
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2007-12-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 189
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307430014

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Vintage Murakami Excerpt :

Vintage Readers are a perfect introduction to some of the greatest modern writers presented in attractive, accessible paperback editions. “Murakami’s bold willingness to go straight over the top is a signal indication of his genius. . . . A world-class writer who has both eyes open and takes big risks.” —The Washington Post Book World Not since Yukio Mishima and Yasunari Kawabata has a Japanese writer won the international acclaim enjoyed by Haruki Murakami. His genre-busting novels, short stories and reportage, which have been translated into 35 languages, meld the surreal and the hard-boiled, deadpan comedy and delicate introspection. Vintage Murakami includes the opening chapter of the international bestseller Norwegian Wood; “Lieutenant Mamiya’s Long Story: Parts I and II” from his monumental novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle; “Shizuko Akashi” from Underground, his non-fiction book on the Toyko subway attack of 1995; and the short stories “Barn Burning,” “Honeypie.” Also included, for the first time in book form, the short story, “Ice Man.”

Wind Pinball Book
Score: 3
From 19 Ratings

Wind Pinball


  • Author : Haruki Murakami
  • Publisher : Bond Street Books
  • Release Date : 2015-08-04
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385681827

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Wind Pinball Excerpt :

Acclaimed, best-selling Haruki Murakami's debut short novels, newly re-translated and in one English-language volume for the first time--with a new introduction by the author. After almost thirty years out of print, the first major works of fiction by international best-selling author Haruki Murakami--the novellas Pinball, 1973 and Hear the Wind Sing--are finally together in one volume, in all-new English translations. Centering around two young men--an unnamed narrator and his friend and former roommate, the Rat--these short works are powerful, at times surreal, stories of loneliness, obsession, and eroticism. Filled with all the hallmarks of Murakami's later books, they are a fascinating insight into a great author's beginnings, and remarkable works of fiction in their own right. In addition to the new translations, our edition also includes an exclusive essay by Murakami in which he explores and explains his decision to become a writer. Prequels to the much-beloved classics A Wild Sheep Chase and Dance Dance Dance, these early novellas are essential reading for Murakami lovers and contemporary fiction lovers, alike.

Square Persimmon and Other Stories Book

Square Persimmon and Other Stories


  • Author : Takashi Atoda
  • Publisher : Tuttle Publishing
  • Release Date : 2012-01-16
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781462904839

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Square Persimmon and Other Stories Excerpt :

The Square Persimmon and Other Stories is an introduction to Takashi Atoda—one of Japan's most popular and versatile writers of fiction. Takashi Atocia is a master storyteller. Like the bar madam in "The Glow of Lipstick," he is capable of weaving a tale that captures the reader's attention from beginning to end. His plots deal with ordinary people, yet the emotional impact of each story is unusually strong. His down-to-earth characters inhabit a world that may at first appear familiar, but Atoda can so manipulate a scene that suddenly the reader is wondering whether it is reality or illusion that he is observing. Many stories feature bizarre endings. In these eleven stories, Atoda examines universal themes-first love, lost love, change, fate-through unmistakably Japanese eyes. The dreamlike quality of some stories invites the reader to draw his own conclusions in the denouement. Yet, in each one, Atoda brings to bear his precise style and his own unique vision, by turns mysterious, romantic, darkly humorous, and even bizarre.

The Wicked Wit of Jane Austen Book

The Wicked Wit of Jane Austen


  • Author : Dominique Enright
  • Publisher : Michael O'Mara Books
  • Release Date : 2011-06-30
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781843176848

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The Wicked Wit of Jane Austen Excerpt :

Lauded for her eloquence, observation and wry humour, Jane Austen was a novelist who was highly regarded and greatly celebrated in her own time. However, her appeal is as great as ever, and her insights remain as fresh and relevant today as when they were first published. This delightful volume offers thematic extracts from fiction and correspondence; featuring quotes from such novels as Emma, Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Persuasion, alongside extracts from Austen's letters to her sister and confidante, Cassandra. It contains a host of quotations displaying Austen's sharp - indeed, often wicked - social observation and satirical wit, which will be enjoyed by fans of the author as well as readers who are new to her writing. The Wicked Wit of Jane Austen is a charming tribute to a writer whose work will resonate for centuries to come. Also available in the series are collections from Shakespeare, To Be or Not To Be, and Oscar Wilde, I Can Resist Everything Except Temptation.

Tijuana Straits Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

Tijuana Straits


  • Author : Kem Nunn
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-09-17
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439125076

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Tijuana Straits Excerpt :

From Kem Nunn, the National Book Award-nominated author of Tapping the Source and The Dogs of Winter, comes an exquisitely written tale of loss and redemption. Nunn renders the dangerous beaches and waters of California's borderland as only the critically acclaimed poet laureate of surf noir can, and Tijuana Straits confirms his reputation as a master of suspense and a novelist of the first rank. When Fahey, once a great surfer, now a reclusive ex-con, meets Magdalena, she is running from a pack of wild dogs along the ragged wasteland where California and Mexico meet the Pacific Ocean -- a spot once known to the men who rode its giant waves as the Tijuana Straits. Magdalena has barely survived an attack that forced her to flee Tijuana, and Fahey takes her in. That he is willing to do so runs contrary to his every instinct, for Fahey is done with the world, seeking little more than solitude from this all-but-forgotten corner of the Golden State. Nor is Fahey a stranger to the lawless ways of the border. He worries that in sheltering this woman he may not only be inviting further entanglements but may be placing them both at risk. In this, he is not wrong. An environmental activist, Magdalena has become engaged in the struggle for the health and rights of the thousands of peasants streaming from Mexico's enervated heartland to work in the maquilladoras -- the foreign-owned factories that line her country's border, polluting its air and fouling its rivers. It is a risky contest. Danger can come from many directions, from government officials paid to preserve the status quo to thugs hired to intimidate reformers. As Magdalena and Fahey become closer, Magdalena tries to discover who is out to get her, attempting to reconstruct the events that delivered her, battered and confused, into Fahey's strange yet oddly seductive world. She examines every lead, never guessing the truth. For into this no-man's-land between two countries comes a trio of killers led by Armando Santoy

Silence Once Begun Book
Score: 3.5
From 5 Ratings

Silence Once Begun


  • Author : Jesse Ball
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2014-01-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307908490

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Silence Once Begun Excerpt :

From the celebrated author of The Curfew (“A spare masterwork of dystopian fiction” —The New York Times Book Review), Jesse Ball’s Silence Once Begun is an astonishing novel of unjust conviction, lost love, and a journalist’s obsession. Over the course of several months, eight people vanish from their homes in the same Japanese town, a single playing card found on each door. Known as the “Narito Disappearances,” the crime has authorities baffled—until a confession appears on the police’s doorstep, signed by Oda Sotatsu, a thread salesman. Sotatsu is arrested, jailed, and interrogated—but he refuses to speak. Even as his parents, brother, and sister come to visit him, even as his execution looms, and even as a young woman named Jito Joo enters his cell, he maintains his vow of silence. Our narrator, a journalist named Jesse Ball, is grappling with mysteries of his own when he becomes fascinated by the case. Why did Sotatsu confess? Why won’t he speak? Who is Jito Joo? As Ball interviews Sotatsu’s family, friends, and jailers, he uncovers a complex story of heartbreak, deceit, honor, and chance. Wildly inventive and emotionally powerful, Silence Once Begun is a devastating portrayal of a justice system compromised, and evidence that Jesse Ball is a voraciously gifted novelist working at the height of his powers. This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.

Japanese Tales Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Japanese Tales


  • Author : Royall Tyler
  • Publisher : Pantheon
  • Release Date : 2012-08-22
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307784063

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Japanese Tales Excerpt :

Two hundred and twenty tales from medieval Japan—tales that welcome us into a fabulous faraway world populated by saints, scoundrels, ghosts, magical healers, and a vast assortment of deities and demons. Stories of miracles, visions of hell, jokes, fables, and legends, these tales reflect the Japanese civilization. They ably balance the lyrical and the dramatic, the ribald and the profound, offering a window into a long-vanished culture. With black-and-white illustrations throughout Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

Men Without Women Book
Score: 4
From 14 Ratings

Men Without Women


  • Author : Haruki Murakami
  • Publisher : Bond Street Books
  • Release Date : 2017-05-09
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385689458

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Men Without Women Excerpt :

**International Bestseller **A New York Times Bestseller **An NPR Best Book of 2017 **An Esquire Best Book of 2017 **A Washington Post Notable Book of 2017 **A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2017 The major new work of fiction from the internationally acclaimed, #1 NYT bestselling author--a dazzling collection of short stories. The much-anticipated new short story collection from the beloved Haruki Murakami--his first major new work of fiction since the #1 New York Times bestselling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage--Men Without Women showcases the author at the peak of his powers. Across seven tales, Murakami draws his piercing observation to the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and The Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all. Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Haruki Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic.

Unspoken Taboo Book

Unspoken Taboo


  • Author : Sympol the Poet
  • Publisher : U-Blu-It Publishing
  • Release Date : 2021-10-29
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 116
  • ISBN 10 : 0578257394

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Unspoken Taboo Excerpt :

I'm back with my second book. Some say that I've still gone too far. However, this go-round my book is not as dark as my first. This is the more somewhat "Sunny" side of me. Although, there will be a few scattered thunderstorms that will come your way. Hey! Life is just like the weather (unpredictable). God knows I can't please everyone. Although, I definitely know how to please myself (stop being nasty) and I'm definitely pleased with this second piece of art. I hope you enjoy and love, laugh, and cry on this journey. - Sympol the Poet

A Widow For One Year Book
Score: 4
From 41 Ratings

A Widow For One Year


  • Author : John Irving
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2012-05-10
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 656
  • ISBN 10 : 9781448111855

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A Widow For One Year Excerpt :

'One night when she was four and sleeping in the bottom bunk of her bunk bed, Ruth Cole awoke to the sound of lovemaking - it was coming from her parents' bedroom.' This is the story of Ruth Cole. It is told in three parts: on Long Island, in the summer of 1958, when she is only four; in 1990, when she is an unmarried woman whose personal life is not nearly as successful as her literary career; and in the autumn of 1995, when Ruth Cole is a forty-one-year-old widow and mother. She's also about to fall in love for the first time...

The Wind Up Bird Chronicle Book
Score: 4
From 191 Ratings

The Wind Up Bird Chronicle


  • Author : Haruki Murakami
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2010-08-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 623
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307762702

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The Wind Up Bird Chronicle Excerpt :

A "dreamlike and compelling” tour de force (Chicago Tribune)—an astonishingly imaginative detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets from Japan’s forgotten campaign in Manchuria during World War II. In a Tokyo suburb, a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife’s missing cat—and then for his wife as well—in a netherworld beneath the city’s placid surface. As these searches intersect, he encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists. Gripping, prophetic, and suffused with comedy and menace, this is one of Haruki Murakami’s most acclaimed and beloved novels.

Before the Coffee Gets Cold Book
Score: 4
From 20 Ratings

Before the Coffee Gets Cold


  • Author : Toshikazu Kawaguchi
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Release Date : 2020-11-17
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781488077210

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold Excerpt :

*OVER ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD* *NOW AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER* If you could go back, who would you want to meet? In a small back alley of Tokyo, there is a café that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers something else besides coffee—the chance to travel back in time. Over the course of one summer, four customers visit the café in the hopes of making that journey. But time travel isn’t so simple, and there are rules that must be followed. Most important, the trip can last only as long as it takes for the coffee to get cold. Heartwarming, wistful, mysterious and delightfully quirky, Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s internationally bestselling novel explores the age-old question: What would you change if you could travel back in time?