History Literature / KafkaOnTheShore

25th May '17 10:18:08 AM SinNanna
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* ADateWithRosiePalms: Kafka, being a hormonal 15 year old, does this frequently.
23rd Apr '17 2:50:56 PM urutapu
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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Nakata stabs Johnnie Walker to death...and we're cheering him on the whole way as he horrifically mutilates and kills cats, and explicitly states the cats can feel it and can't move.]]

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Nakata stabs Johnnie Walker to death...and we're cheering him on the whole way as he way, since Johnnie Walker horrifically mutilates and kills cats, and explicitly states the cats can which are paralyzed but feel it and can't move.]]the pain]].
23rd Apr '17 9:23:41 AM TheLuckyCat
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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Nakata stabs Johnnie Walker to death...and we're cheering him on the whole way as he horrifically mutilates and kills cats, and explicitly states the cats can feel it and can't move.]]



** Also, cats.



* BequeathedPower: After [[spoiler: Nakata dies]], it seems that Hoshino gains his ability to speak to cats.



* TheCassandra: Played with; Nakata goes to the police after he [[spoiler: kills Johnnie Walker]], but of course his story is so ludicrous the police don't believe it. However, when he has to go on a journey to open "the entrance stone", Hoshino takes everything in stride and does everything he asks.



* ItsPersonal: Initially Nakata is unable to stop [[spoiler: Johnnie Walker]] as he begins horrifically killing cats right in front of him, but when he pulls out Mimi, a clever Siamese who helped Nakata earlier, he finally snaps out of his terror and attacks.



* MoralityPet: Nakata is this to pretty much everyone he meets in-story, as he's a kindly, illiterate old man who is a little senile, which leads people to pity him and give him extra food or a ride somewhere. Hoshino even states Nakata makes him think of his grandfather.



* MyGreatestFailure: It's strongly implied that [[spoiler: Miss Saeki is Kafka's mother who walked out on him, and she's been living in isolation as a self-imposed punishment ever since.]]



* OrWasItADream: It's ambiguous as to whether or not [[spoiler: Kafka actually raped Sakura.]]

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* OrWasItADream: It's ambiguous as to whether or not [[spoiler: Kafka actually raped Sakura.]]]] Given the way she behaves towards Kafka when he calls her the end of the book, it doesn't seem likely.


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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Try as he might, [[spoiler: Kafka still ends up sleeping with his mother, even when he runs away from home in an attempt to avoid his father's prophecy.]]
4th Oct '16 8:49:46 AM SinNanna
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* [[spoiler:BigBad]]: [[spoiler: While unexpected due to the somewhat dreamlike flow of the story, on a second reading one can see that Johnnie Walker was pulling the strings from the start, and may in fact be Kafka's father.]]

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* [[spoiler:BigBad]]: BigBad: [[spoiler: While unexpected due to the somewhat dreamlike flow of the story, on a second reading one can see that Johnnie Walker was pulling the strings from the start, and may in fact be Kafka's father.]]



* [[spoiler: BrotherSisterIncest]]: [[spoiler: Sakura ''might'' be Kafka's sister.]]

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* [[spoiler: BrotherSisterIncest]]: BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler: Sakura ''might'' be Kafka's sister.]]



* CatsAreMagic: They can talk, though only Nakata [[spoiler: and later Hoshino]] can understand them, and they're somehow integral to Johnnie Walker's plans.



* CoolOldGuy: Nakata is a bit strange, but he's an unambiguously good man.
* DeadpanSnarker: [[spoiler: Colonel Sanders]] has little patience for Hoshino's questioning.



* EyeScream: [[spoiler: The boy named Crow delivers a pretty nasty one to Johnnie Walker.]]

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* EyeScream: [[spoiler: The boy named Crow delivers a pretty nasty one to Johnnie Walker.Walker, who is unfazed and amused by it.]]



* {{Gorn}}: Not often, but there are a couple of extremely visceral scenes, mostly involving [[HumanoidAbomination Johnnie Walker]].



* HumanoidAbomination: Johnnie Walker [[spoiler: and later Colonel Sanders.]] Judging from the latter's dialogue, they seem to be sentient "archetypes" of some sort that represent cosmic forces.



* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal:]] [[spoiler: Johnnie Walker, Miss Saeki, Nakata, Some of the talking cats, and Kafka's dad.]]

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* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal:]] KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Johnnie Walker, Miss Saeki, Nakata, Some of the talking cats, and Kafka's dad.]]



* [[spoiler: MayDecemberRomance: Kafka and Miss Saeki.]]

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* [[spoiler: MayDecemberRomance: Kafka and [[spoiler: Miss Saeki.]]



* [[spoiler: MrsRobinson]]: [[spoiler: Miss Saeki, who might also be Kafka's mother.]]

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* [[spoiler: MrsRobinson]]: MrsRobinson: [[spoiler: Miss Saeki, who might also be Kafka's mother.]]



* NiceGuy: Nakata is unfailingly polite and good-natured.



* NotSoStoic: This is arguably the point of Kafka's story arc.



* OrWasItADream:

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* OrWasItADream: It's ambiguous as to whether or not [[spoiler: Kafka actually raped Sakura.]]



* [[spoiler: SurpriseIncest: Kafka has sex with two women who might be his mom and sister.]]

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* [[spoiler: SurpriseIncest: [[spoiler: Kafka has sex with two women who might be his mom and sister.]]



* [[spoiler: {{Transsexual}}]]: [[spoiler: Oshima is female-to-male transsexual attracted to men. He's intersex as well, having underdeveloped breasts and no period]].
* TwoLinesNoWaiting

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* [[spoiler: {{Transsexual}}]]: {{Transsexual}}: [[spoiler: Oshima is female-to-male transsexual attracted to men. He's intersex as well, having underdeveloped breasts and no period]].
* TwoLinesNoWaitingTwoLinesNoWaiting: It switches back and forth between Kafka and Nakata's stories, with occasional digressions for other characters like Oshima.


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* WholePlotReference: Kafka's story is one to ''Oedipus Rex'', which gets pointed out in-universe.
18th Aug '14 9:44:06 AM emeriin
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* StrawFeminist: Two of them show up at Komura Library to inspect how woman-friendly the facilities are. They complain about the lack of gendered bathrooms and the card catalog.
** Up for debate since the encounter doesn't follow the usual model (Straw Feminist(s) launches rhetorical volley, Man/Society slaps them down or discredits them, Straw Feminist(s) slink away or recant), and actually leads to a discussion on how narrow-mindedness is a destructive state of mind.
*** And bear in mind that the two women are not asking for anything inconceivable or exaggerated. Their requests are very reasonable actually and they seem like nice enough people otherwise.
**** They're quite condescending in their treatment of Oshima. While they do begin decently enough, they quickly turn to insulting him. Furthermore, while it is arguable that the women's requests are reasonable, they're changes to things rather benign. None of the qualities of the library that requested to be change are sexist. Perhaps old-fashioned, but they do not show any preference against women.
**** Don't overlook that Oshima, being [[spoiler:trans*]], has a lot of reason to resent radical feminism. And to want non-gendered bathrooms.
17th Aug '14 8:59:39 PM edara
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''Kafka on the Shore'' (Japanese: 海辺のカフカ, ''Umibe no Kafuka'') is a 2002 novel by HarukiMurakami that features two distinct plots that are nonetheless intertwined. The first is about fifteen year-old "[[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Kafka]]" Tamura who runs away from home in order to avoid fulfilling an oedipal prophecy. The second follows Nakata, a mentally slow old man who has the ability to talk to cats, as he gets dragged into a journey across Japan running parallel to Kafka's own. It begins realistic enough, but soon takes a turn for the [[MindScrew surreal]] and it becomes clear that neither will be having a normal journey.

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''Kafka on the Shore'' (Japanese: 海辺のカフカ, ''Umibe no Kafuka'') is a 2002 novel by HarukiMurakami Creator/HarukiMurakami that features two distinct plots that are nonetheless intertwined. The first is about fifteen year-old "[[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Kafka]]" Tamura who runs away from home in order to avoid fulfilling an oedipal prophecy. The second follows Nakata, a mentally slow old man who has the ability to talk to cats, as he gets dragged into a journey across Japan running parallel to Kafka's own. It begins realistic enough, but soon takes a turn for the [[MindScrew surreal]] and it becomes clear that neither will be having a normal journey.
4th Aug '14 8:55:49 PM lameasskid
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* OneHitWonder: [[spoiler:Miss Saeki, with "Kafka on the Shore".]] It was also her ''only'' song--there wasn't even a different song for the B-side.

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* OneHitWonder: In-Universe. [[spoiler:Miss Saeki, with "Kafka on the Shore".]] It was also her ''only'' song--there wasn't even a different song for the B-side.
4th Aug '14 8:55:22 PM lameasskid
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**** Okay, but don't overlook that Oshima, being [[spoiler:trans*]], has a lot of reason to resent radical feminism. And to want non-gendered bathrooms.

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**** Okay, but don't Don't overlook that Oshima, being [[spoiler:trans*]], has a lot of reason to resent radical feminism. And to want non-gendered bathrooms.
30th Apr '14 4:15:09 AM SciFiMs
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** With the exception of the first time, whenever Kafka [[spoiler:has sex with Miss Saeki]], the narration switches to second-person, with inconsistent use of the [[PaintingTheMedium boldface type]] that comes in whenever Kafka is normally talking to himself/the boy named Crow (who is Kafka's alter-ego; the name "Kafka" itself also means "crow"). The effect is rather confusing.

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** With the exception of the first time, whenever Kafka [[spoiler:has sex with Miss Saeki]], the narration switches to second-person, with inconsistent use of the [[PaintingTheMedium boldface type]] that comes in whenever Kafka is normally talking to himself/the boy named Crow (who is Kafka's alter-ego; note also that the name "Kafka" itself also means "crow"). The effect is rather confusing.
30th Apr '14 4:12:53 AM SciFiMs
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** With the exception of the first time, whenever Kafka [[spoiler:has sex with Miss Saeki]], the narration switches to second-person, with inconsistent use of the [[PaintingTheMedium boldface type]] that comes in whenever Kafka is normally talking to himself/the boy named Crow. The effect is rather confusing.

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** With the exception of the first time, whenever Kafka [[spoiler:has sex with Miss Saeki]], the narration switches to second-person, with inconsistent use of the [[PaintingTheMedium boldface type]] that comes in whenever Kafka is normally talking to himself/the boy named Crow.Crow (who is Kafka's alter-ego; the name "Kafka" itself also means "crow"). The effect is rather confusing.



* RavensAndCrows: Kafka's alter-ego is "The boy named Crow"; the name "Kafka" itself also means "crow".
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