In the Miso Soup
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4.5 "chilling, existential and misanthropic" stars.
9th Favorite Read of 2015
This book was given to me by my partner as I am waiting for Ms. Alice Munro's "Dear Life: Stories." from the library. I was very wary when he gave this to me because I do not like gratuitous violence that leaves one feeling desensitized or empty.
This little novel was so much more though. It was a foray into the interactions between a lost young Japanese Man and a middle aged American psychopath so intelligent and cunni ...more
Are you ready to read something REEEALLY weird? Check out these two quotes:
"Killing people has always been absolutely essential for me to go on living."
"I'm a man who consciously commits murders and scares the hell out of people and makes them reconsider everything, so I'm definitely malignant, yet I think I play a necessary role in this world."
In this weird-ass story, there is one weird-ass creepy American businessman/tourist...more
What is this book about? Fear. Mostly fear, and how people respond to it. There is a big amount of atmosphere setting as well, which is done brilliantly through the vivid descriptions of Tokyo's red-light ...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 -
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But before we get to that, my rating reflects two values that are in tension with one another - writing style, for which In The Miso Soup deserves a 5, and "did the ...more
Night one is slightly strange but when Ken ...more
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
It is a delicious read.
Kenji has the slightly illegal jo ...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
I feel the same. Yes i do. Oh Japan. The land of all that is wonderful, exciting, creepy and gory.
The graphic violence in this is just plain gross and horrif ...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 .
"In the Miso Soup" is very graphic, violent, and at times downright scary. The kind of book that makes you want to take a shower after finishing it. That said, I absolutely loved it! The writing is excellent, and the description of Tokyo's red light district (Kabukicho) is still very vivid in my mind. But the real strength of the books lies in the relationshi ...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 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
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
Ilustração de Yuko Shimizu - capa da edição italiana da Mondadorin
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Kenji é um jovem japonês “especialista em visitas guiadas ao sexo” na noite de Tóquio. Nesse contexto profissional é contrato pelo norte-americano Frank, para que lhe mostre a vida nocturna da capital japonesa, especialmente a zona portuária de Kabuki-cho, povoada de bares e frequentada, essencialmente, por jovens estudantes liceais em busca de dinheiro e sexo e por adultos desesperados em busca de prazer e ...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
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 ob ...more