海辺のカフカ - Kafka on the Shore 🏖 (Advanced Book Club)

Now that was easy :joy_cat: Let’s continue on August 20th, then!

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And here it finally is: Our last week in this book club!

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For those of you who are planning to continue into Part 2: I’ve added a reading schedule to the OP.
When I finally got around to checking the page counts, I discovered that there are quite a bunch of shorter chapters in this part, and when I realized that the initial plan of reading 2 chapters per week might only give us ~25 pages sometimes, I decided to change the schedule somewhat. Please have a look at my proposal in the OP; it usually gives us max. 50 pages per week, with two weeks being a bit longer (but they are surrounded by shorter weeks so you can mitigate this if you are worried). The schedule covers 11 weeks and gets us to the end of the whole book on Nov 4th. (BTW I think this is perfect timing; the next ABC pick after Spice and Wolf will start on Nov 5th.)

What do y’all think?

  • The schedule is fine for me
  • I’d like to propose a change to the schedule (please explain)

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Oh and by the way, while doing the page counts I discovered that there is a (very short) hidden chapter somewhere in the book, just like an easter egg :grin: I deliberately did not indicate it in the schedule so that you can still be surprised by it if you like :upside_down_face:

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Now that we successfully finished Part 1, it is…

Satisfaction Poll Time!

Have you read 海辺のカフカ(上)?

  • I finished it
  • I’m still reading and I plan on finishing it
  • I don’t plan to finish it
  • I never even started it

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If you read the book, how would you rate it on a 5 point scale? (1: hated it, 5: loved it)

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • Unsure / Didn’t finish

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If you read the book, how would you rate its difficulty?

  • No effort at all
  • Minimal effort
  • Moderate effort
  • Significant effort
  • So much effort my head might explode
  • I don’t know

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Participation Statistics

After the first few weeks, we had a very steady number of participants! Also there were two discussion spikes, one after the Johnny Walker chapter and one after the chapter with the visiting ladies and the Oshima reveal - not surprising that they both induced some more discussion…

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And without further ado, let’s jump into Part 2!
This week we have 2 chapters on our plate:

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Here is week 14, the second week of Part 2!

This week (and next week as well) we’ll be reading 3 chapters, so don’t stop early please :wink:

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Still on week 13; have to do some catching up. I actually started learning Chinese on a whim this week and now I just can’t stop! It’s taking a chunk of my reading time for Japanese but it’s quite refreshing (Du Chinese reading app is addicting). Makes me appreciate all the progress made when I switch back to Japanese :sweat_smile:.

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Belated question: Did anyone finish reading Part 1 and decide NOT to continue reading with Part 2? Just curious…

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Welcome to Week 15! This week we’ll see 3 chapters again, don’t forget to read them all :blush:

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Sorry for the delay! I was super busy in the past week, and yesterday I went to bed so early that I totally forgot to post the threads :woman_facepalming:

Anyways, this week we are back to 2 chapters! Enjoy :slight_smile:

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On to week 17! Again, we have two chapters this week.

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Here is chapter 18! We’re slowly ramping up our reading speed again, with 2 chapters again.
Next week brings us 61 pages again so feel free to read a little bit ahead this week if you think that might help you. :blush:

Welcome to week 19, which takes us back to 3 chapters:

Week 20 brings us 3 chapters again - but it will be the last time, I promise! (or maybe not? :ghost:)

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The audiobook for this has just been released on audible! Not listened yet but will be a nice accompaniment for the rest of the book (it’s included in Amazon.jp kindle unlimited, not sure how much it is outside of that)
Links:

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I just tried to sign up for audible Japan but it was impossible because I don’t own a credit card with a Japanese address, and the Internet™ said that those are difficult to get by, so I went with audiobooks.jp instead :woman_shrugging:
How did you do the signup, just out of curiosity?

I signed up via the audible app on my phone, which somehow meant me being able to use my usual payment details even though it wouldn’t let me sign up via the website. I’m on iOS but I think @Scylie managed to do the same on android from what I recall :thinking: To be honest, it seems less intentional and more like a weird oversight, but the ‘all you can listen’ set up of audible.jp and the amount of exclusives they have that I want to listen to (including the S&M series and this) mean that I’m hoping it will keep working at least a while longer! :crossed_fingers:

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It seems to be two different things altogether :thinking: When I signed up via the Japanese website, it asked me for all my information to create my account. On the webpage there is a 2-month free trial (but I could not get it because of the credit card issue).

Then I tried to create a new account through the app, like you suggested. It asked me for my Amazon credentials (and nothing else) and let me in, and it looks as if I could actually make payments this way. The app even gave me monetary amounts in Euros! But, there is no 2-month trial :sob:

So I guess they manage the two user groups independently: Those that come through the website and those that come through the app, i.e. through Amazon. :woman_shrugging:
Anyways, thanks for solving this puzzle! You never know what it might be useful for. :+1:

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I originally signed up because of a trial advertised through the app so might be worth keeping an eye out for! Think it was also 2 months for something ridiculous like 100¥ or something. Not sure how regularly it gets offered.

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Probably doesn’t apply to this book, but audiobook.jp has quite a few books available as 聞き放題 and while I’m not sure about Germany, the US Audible at least has a lot of JP titles recently and they often let you purchase credits in a bundle driving down the cost (and occasional blowout type sales. I recently got like 5 books at 80% off each).

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