Thursday, April 19, 2012

Literate & Stylish: Emily of Last Train to Pooksville

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Literate & Stylish is simple, and the post is short but sweet- every Thursday I'll be showcasing a lovely lady and her favorite book. She'll share a few pretty photos showing off her personal style, along with her book of choice, and tell us why she loves it.


from Emily, of Last Train to Pooksville and Uff Da Designs on Etsy

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

I fell madly in love with Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore before I'd managed to make much of a dent in its hefty 448 pages. Following the duel, unknowingly connected heroes (a reclusive teenaged runaway with an exhorting alter-ego, and simple-minded elderly gentleman with an ability for conversing with cats) is a dreamy, mesmerizing, and sometimes frightening adventure. This novel is full of incredibly charming characters, metaphysical pondering, bewitching glimpses of Japanese and American pop culture, a bit of truly scary violence, some sex, and a good dose of silliness. I love this book for leaving me unsettled, like the moments after waking from a vivid dream and wondering what's real versus what was imagined while sleeping. If you're a fan of J.D. Salinger, Kurt Vonnegut, David Lynch or if you just wish to read something thrilling, hilarious, heartbreaking, terrifying, and masterfully imaginative all at once, I highly recommend Kafka on the Shore. I find something new to adore and ponder each time I read this book. It's so very worth the effort.




See the rest of the Literate & Stylish posts here.

27 comments:

  1. Love this post! The book sounds great!

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  2. Love the sound of this - massive Murakami fans, but not read this one yet, going to have a looksie on Amazon now :)

    xx

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    1. Fellow Murakami fan here, and I have to say Kaftka is excellent! You'll enjoy :)

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    2. Kafka on the Shore was the first one I read and I was hooked! Although I have to say his newest 1Q84 is very close to becoming my favorite
      C Marcia (Sequins)

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  3. I love this book!!

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  4. This series is so wonderful...beauty and brains, people!

    I love her windmill tattoo -- I moved to the Netherlands three years ago and am thinking about getting a small one just like that!

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  5. I love love love this book!! Murakami is one of my favourite authors ever!

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  6. I too love Murakami, and found Kaftka... enthralling. My favorite is Norwegian Wood :)

    This feature is wonderful! So excited to read it often.

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  7. I am excited to read this book, it sounds wonderful!
    Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. I'm a new follower of your blog and didn't think it could get any better after I spent hours browsing through all of your Tattoo Tuesday posts. You proved this bookworm wrong, though! I guess I will be spending another hour or two browsing through all of the Literate & Stylish posts...

    Adding this book to my reading list! :)

    http://viennawaitsblog.blogspot.com/

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  9. I added this book to my reading list! This is such a great post idea. The emphasis on women spending time to read is so wonderful, something that many women put on the back burner. I look forward to seeing more posts!

    Amanda Rose
    http://sewmuchtosay.blogspot.com

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  10. I just found Haruki Murakami recently, his writing is so good! Even though I am always left thinking "what just happened?" Another really good book of his is After Dark.

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  11. This is such a great post idea! Thanks for exposing some great literature! And I will definitely be checking this novel out; I love J.D. Salinger, so.

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  12. I love this book :) Murakami is one of my all time favorite authors! I can't decide if I love Wind Up Bird Chronicles or Kafka on the Shore the most.
    xo Moorea

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  13. This book sounds like a great read. And I'm already in love with the Literate and Stylish series after 2 posts...

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  14. Aah, love finding other Murakami fans! He's one of my all time faves, along with Douglas Coupland and Sarah Dessen. Dance Dance Dance is another really great one by him, but Norwegian Wood is probably my favourite. It was made into a really beautiful Japanese film recently, definitely worth a watch if you're into him!

    Rosie xx
    Just Listen

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  15. I want to read this now! I LOVE The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by him. Just adore it. I've been meaning to read more of his stuff but wasn't sure where to start. Now I know!

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  16. Oh Emily, didn't think it was possible to adore you even more. I was wrong; so pretty, lovely and smart! XO

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  17. These posts are amazing! I love to read, and this totally makes me want to go right out and buy that book!

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  18. Simply the best book ever, and possibly my favorite modern author (and i'm studying in literature). Just in love with jap' postmodernism. Also love Banana Yoshimoto. And nice style, fits with the nice book!

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  19. I love this book. I read a lot of Murakami years ago, but I just read this one a few weeks ago and it made me want to go back and re-read all the other books and see if they were as magical as I remember.

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  20. My fiance has this newfound love of Murakami (we basically have all his books in the house). He's been wanting me to read one of them and I began Wild Sheep Chase. All I will say is that the man is a creative genius! Thanks for sharing this. :)

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  21. This is a perfect reoccurring post idea!! I am so excited for Thursdays now, to go along with your already wonderful Tuesdays! :) This book sounds great, it is officially added to my every growing TBR list.

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  22. Love this post idea, and love Haruki Murakami :] My favourite is The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, massive but dreamy, creepy and brilliant.

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  23. Love this post idea so very much, and what a great choice of book Emily! You've combined two of my biggest loves: books & fashion. Please let me know if you need any other contributors :) -val stellagunATgmail.com

    p.s. TBS reference with the title of this feature? :p

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