In the Miso Soup
It looked as though Maki had another mouth below her jaw. Oozing from this second, smiling mouth was a thick, dark liquid, like coal tar. Her throat had been slit literally from ear to ear and more than halfway through, so that it looked as if her head might fall right off. And yet, incredibly, Maki was still...more
This is a different guy. It must be like Smith or Patel over there.
Two stars? Not that good then?
Well... nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnot really, but....
It could have been. He lumbered himself with this boring serial killer oooh oooh Frank Booth-in-Blue Velvet nutcase when he should
- in your humble opinion!
- yes, yes, all this stuff in my HUMBLE opinion, I'm not the arbiter of recentish Japanese novels, I've read exactly three -
Unlike other page turners, In the Miso Soup creates a story that never comes at the cost of character. Murakami has an impressive ability to convey individuals through a select number of...more
Although this book offered much more insight into Japanese culture than Kirino's Out: A Novel, while also giving thoughtful and poignant perspectives on American culture, I just can't stand this bloodbath shit that's popped up in both of these novel...more
In the Miso Soup is tense and intelligent and sad and contemplative. I had any easier time with the gore than I thought I would. It was pretty explicit, yes, but maybe seeing it through Kenji's eyes--he's a very passive narrator--allowed for a c...more
It is a delicious read.
Kenji has the slightly illegal jo...more
Be warned, you won't be able to put it down, until you see murders happen behind your eyelids when you aren't even reading .
The prose is ordinary, story picks up momentum halfway and theres few pages where things get gory but large part spent in seedy streets and bars of Tokyo. You also get to learn bit about Japanese culture. I felt the end was stopped short that really left me bit disappointed with the story.
“Miso soup?” “Yeah. I’m really interested in miso soup. I o...more
It is horribly disturbing, and my anxiety wasn't connected with sex. I would feel happy if I were shocked with dark and twisted sex scene of Tokyo. I would be lucky if it were that.
But the heart of this book is purely perverse and utterly sick. I don't have nerves and stomach for it.
Characters are just too lonely and there i...more
The concept of the story is promising enough: an american sex tourist hires a young, but disenchanted, japanese guide to explore the night attractions of the city. Add a neglected girlfriend, a murder, a splash of mystery and a passable translation...more
What's my point though? Well... you can totally write about anything. I know you know this, but ANYTHING. Short stories about an alcoholic teacup. Microscopic space opera.
The protagonist and narrator is a twenty-year-old tourist guide specialised in the Tokyo sex scene, who gets to spend three days (or nights) with his disturbing and disturbed American client.
The language is kept plain and colloquial, so that along with t...more
Just who is Frank? Was his childhood responcible for the creation of a man he is today? Or was it just something inside of him, that would have eventually emerged, regardless of his lifestyle? And, Kenji. He`s even more of a mystery than Frank himself. We all smelled a rat when it came to this odd American who was late...more
Basically, it's about an American who goes to Tokyo on holiday and hires a guide who is suppossed to show him around the different sex clubs so he can find a woman. But, it turns out the guy is a stone cold killer and forces this guy to take him to different places around town while he kills people...more
The neurotic Kenji, the truly unnerving Frank, lovely little Jun the pragmatic, the hideously accurate observations on culture and human nature the writer keeps slipping in sideways - his writing is at its best in these parts - all of it is exactly right.
The tension builds beautifully, the book is an exercise in brainpan claustrophobia, I had to stop reading and have a cup of tea because I was getting so bogged down in the atmosphere.
And what a dropkick. I ab...more
On the surface this book is about Kenji, a tour guide of Tokyo's sleazy nightlife. His customer, Frank, is an American tourist looking for a good time. However, after Kenji and Frank meet, the book takes many dark and psychological twists and turns that I don't really want to give away here.
I don't know if I can call this on...more
The descriptions of Kabuki-cho is still interest...more
I can say that I liked it better than I expected to. Don't remember what provoked me to add it to my TBR list in the first place. I am not particularly interested in Japanese culture or crime thrillers (which this actually wasn'...more
I thought parts of this book were brilliant, but just as soon as I was enjoying it, it would go in a different direction that I didn't like.
I don't thi...more
At first sight Frank appears to be a typical American abroad – overweight and loud mouthed, with a ten...more
The book starts precisely when Kenji meets Frank, an American that is visiting Tokyo for business. Frank hires Kenji for three nights with the objective of being introduced to the night life of Japan (which means sex, obviously). It’s in the first night that Kenji notices that some things don’t seem right with Frank. The “Face”, the stories he tells tha...more
Murakami's first work, the short novel Almost Transparent Blue, written while he was still a student, deals with promiscuity and drug use among disaffected Japanese youth. Critically acclaimed as a new style of literature, it won the newcomer's literature prize in 1976 despite some observers...more