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Lala Pipo

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"This sleazy novel is not recommendable for ladies and gentlemen." So reads the jacket of the Japanese edition of this collection of six dark, interrelated, tragicomic chapters dealing with themes of desire, inadequacy, and failure, using the underbelly of sex as its canvas. As misheard by one of the characters, " a lot of people," is "Lala Pipo."

Lala Pipo is an ingenious
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by Vertical (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jason Pettus
Nov 10, 2008 Jason Pettus rated it liked it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

So for those who don't know, one of the literary social networks I belong to online is the great LibraryThing.com; and one of the things LibraryThing does that none of the other literary social networks do is actually set up official partnerships with various publishers, so that hundreds of free books
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Powersamurai
Apr 08, 2009 Powersamurai rated it it was amazing
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Sex. That's what this book is all about. An eavesdropping writer, a pimp, a sexually frustrated housewife, a sleep-depraved karaoke box part-timer, an erotic writer and a horny fat transcriber. Sex in Shibuya, Tokyo. At first, the short stories seem to be unrelated, but as you get through the second story, you realise that you were there in the first story, but from a different viewpoint. All six stories are connected in this way with characters making cameo appearances in other stories. The las ...more
Sae-chan
Dec 10, 2012 Sae-chan rated it liked it
Shelves: japanese-writers
Sex sex sex. Funny, I wasn't aroused even one bit. This is the hardest-boiled egg of the bunch. And one that was black and stinky, too.

This really got me thinking about sex. It was supposed to be a beautiful thing that binds two people in love with each other (maybe this definition of mine is not widely accepted either, but hey, who cares). But it can be twisted so much to be a profession, hobby, way to kill time, way to buy Cartier watch, way to dominate, way to boost self-esteem(?). As it is w
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Brian
Apr 30, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it
Shelves: asian, read-2012
Perverse. At times sickening. Erotic stories disguised as literature... I couldn't put it down!

Six short stories with characters that weave in and out of each story, portrays the seedier side of Tokyo and the lost souls of generations... from high school girls giving hand-hand jobs in Karaoke booths to middle-aged overweight housewives that have serious sexual issues.

I really enjoyed how one story connected with the other... and in the end a sort of orgy took place between each story (figurative
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Miko Suzahiru
Jun 24, 2013 Miko Suzahiru rated it really liked it
I never knew this was a book, but I enjoyed the movie. After reading this, I had to rewatch the movie and compare. The book is very bittersweet and darkly comical in ways. You get attached to the characters for a moment and feel sympathy for them. I enjoyed the short story style and how each story connected to each other. The movie somewhat follows this format.

If you would like to read the comparison between the book and movie, check out my blog
J.C.
Dec 11, 2008 J.C. rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
When the book blurb describes the book as "an x-rated episode of Seinfeld" I would assume that it means its a funny book. Well its not funny "ha ha", more like funny "oh man, that's gross". Imagine an unfunny episode of Seinfeld, co-written by Chuck Palahniuk and Charles Bukowski and directed by Quentin Tarantino. That's kinda what it was like. I only gave it three stars cause I couldn't give it 2 and a half.
Brittany
Dec 05, 2008 Brittany rated it really liked it
This is a book that is...quite interesting in the way that it approaches the connections between its characters, and is actually a quite enjoyable read. (There's also more masturbation in this book than any book I've read in memory.)

I really enjoyed this book, and do recommend it to people who like Japanese postmodernist fiction that takes a quite sexual vein.
Manuel
Sep 07, 2011 Manuel rated it it was ok
Fairly trashy. The interwoven storylines is a nice gimmick but it lacked characters who I could really care about and get invested in. The last story about the fat chick was the best, because it was less about the sex and more about her own feelings.
Jenny
Dec 29, 2008 Jenny rated it did not like it
still the best book cover ever created.

thank you chip kidd, its always your fault...
Morris
Feb 03, 2008 Morris rated it it was ok
raunchy and depressing. i guess sort of like "boogie nights," in certain ways?
WAM WAM
Aug 06, 2008 WAM WAM rated it liked it
i should have opened a karaoke club
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