All She Was Worth
Here is a deftly written thriller that is also a "deep and moody" (NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW) journey through the dark side of Japan's consumer-crazed society. Ordinary people plunge into insurmountable personal debt and fall prey to dangerous webs of underground creditors-so dangerous, in fact, that murder may be the only way out. A beautiful young woman vanishes, and th...more
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Inside this milieux we explore the way debt and credit create another layer of personae and motive - for people to tend, investigate, punish and escape in their encounters with one another.
A world where a person can exhibit fastidious personal habits, love and be loved, while at the same time live dupli...more
There were a couple parts I didn't really understand...more
ولكنها للأسف لم تروق لى أطلاقاً
مملة بشكل كبير _ الجزء الأول منها وبعد الصفحة 350 يجذبوا القارئ أما بالمنتصف فأحداث شديدة الملل
فكرة الرواية جيدة :جمعت بين جانب بوليسي وأن كان ضعيف وجانب أجتماعى وأقتصادى متمثل فى مشكلة القروض الأئتمانية وأثرها على الأشخاص وقد يصل الأمر ببعضهم بأعلان الأفلاس الشخصى أو اللجوء إلى الأنتحار.
ولم تعجبنى النهاية المفتوحة أطلاقاً..خاصة بعد أرهاق القارئ فى كم كبير من الأحداث والمواقف طول الرواية
You could almost call this a police procedural. Shunsuke Honma, a seasoned police detective on leave because of injury and by...more
All She Was Worth starts off with the disappearance of a woman and follows an on-leave detective as he tries to find her and uncover the unusual circumstances in which she disappeared. Although that’s the main mystery flowing through the book, I di...more
The pacing of this story is a bit uneven. The beginning starts out very slow and continues...more
What's especially "fun" and interesting about this book is that it's so relevant still to today. Credit card debt. Ah, who doesn't have any of that? (Besides me, but only because I don't have one.) I'm surro...more
I liked this book. Not because I think it was such a great thriller, but because of other things.
First of all I loved the insight in the Japanese society. How people live, how things are organised. That world is so different from mine (and therefor so intriguing), that any description of more or less normal Japanese living is welcome.
Secondly, I liked the...more
I also liked the detective she developed, and I'm disappointed that Honma and his family (biological an...more
Riveting, well-written contemporary fiction by one of Japan's most popular and prolific female writers. I've heard this book is even used in some Western universities to stu...more
The only real problem I have, is that there wasn't really a climax to this book. It was a long slow fuse, everything building up, puzzle pieces coming togeth...more
Ma quello che i due scoprono quasi subito è che la ragazza non è chi dice di essere. La vera Shoko è un'altra. Ora il mistero da risolvere diventa la vera identità della ragazza che si era spacciata per lei...
La domanda che è dietro il racconto è semplice: si può dire di conoscere veramente una persona, se non si conosce il suo passato?
E la risposta, quasi subito evidente, è no.
"The book does drag a bit in a couple of spots–nothing terrible, but Miyabe goes to great lengths to explain Japan’s 1980′s credit crisis that caused an economic bubble, possibly a bit further than necessary to the plot of the story. She seems to want to impress upon readers that having had bad credit doesn’t give one bad character, which was surely an important message at the time, but borders on preachy now. She also expla...more
One of this novel's main themes s...more
All She Was Worth by Miyabe Miyuki is a dark story about a young man in search for his fiancee who has gone missing. With the help of his uncle, a police detective, who in turn enlist...more
I liked this book. Aside from the translation difficulties which made it very wordy and often tedious reading, the mystery itself was good. I would recommend it for the mystery...but you'll find yourself skimming at points.
brief plot overview:
The novel tells the story of Tokyo Detective Honma, at home and on leave from his police job because he is recovering from a gunshot wound to his leg. One night he receives a strang...more
Miyuki Miyabe (宮部みゆき Miyabe Miyuki) is a popular contemporary Japanese author active in a number of genres including science fiction, mystery fiction, historical fiction, social commentary, and juvenile fiction.
Miyabe started writing novels at the age of 23. She has been a prolific writer, publishing dozens of novels and winning many major literary prizes, including the Yamamoto S...more