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What if your soul mate isn't encountered once in a lifetime but once in millennia?

From the unique imagination of the author of the Ring trilogy, which inspired blockbuster films on both sides of the Pacific, comes an unconventional love story that finds the Japanese master delivering a pure page-turner outside the horror genre. Comprising three distinct parts each of whi
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Vertical (first published December 1990)
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Niran Pravithana
ผมรูจักซุสุกิ โคจิเปนครังแรกจากเรือง The Ring หนังสือทีสรางปรากฏการณยอดขายถลมทลาย และไดรับความนิยมอยางตอเนืองยาวนานไมเวนแมแตในประเทศไทย The Ring ทำใหนิยายสยองขวัญสไตล J-Horror ทีนากลัวขนลุกแบบเงียบเชียบไมโหวกเหวกโวยวาย ไดรับความนิยมเปนอยางสูงและมีนักเขียนอีกหลายๆ คนทีสรางผลงานโดยมีบรรยากาศของวรรณกรรมของซุสุกิ โคจิเปนเบืองหลังและแรงบันดาลใจ

แตตอนอาน The Ring ไตรภาคจบ ผมเริมรูสึกลึกๆ วาจริงๆ ซุสุกิ โคจิมีความสนใจในแนวคิดอภิปรัชญาและพยายามถายทอดมันออกมาในนิยายของเขามากพอสมควร แตในไตรภาค The Ring ควา
Hazel Benson
Dec 23, 2011 Hazel Benson rated it really liked it
I think this may be my first review on Goodreads, but I thought as I've just finished this book it would be fresh in my mind. First of all I thought this was rather good for a first novel. An intriguing mixed bag of a plot, and quite unique in it's genre. In fact what genre is this? Is it romance, adventure, historical fiction, contemporary, spiritual fiction? It's a tricky one to label. For that alone I like it's individual quality. As a story in three parts I think it works really well. Each ...more
Bellbomb Bellbomb
สอยเรืองนีไดในงานหนังสือ เนืองจากชอบสุซุกิ โคจิมาตังแตซีรีส เดอะ ริง อันลือลัน แมคนขายจะบอกวาเรืองนีไมใชแนวสยองขวัญแบบเดอะ ริงกไมสน เพราะชือคนเขียนการันตีคุณภาพอยูแลว อีกอยางเพราะเคยอานประวัติมาวาผลงานเรืองนีเปนเรืองแรกของสุซุกิ โคจิทีไดแจงเกิดในวงการวรรณกรรมดวย จะพลาดไดอยางไร

พอไดอานจบแลวกยิงชืนชมวิธีมองโลกของสุซุกิ และการนำแนวคิดนันมาถายทอดผานกลวิธีการเลาเรืองทีไมเหมือนใคร ถึงแมเรืองนีจะเปนแนวโรแมนติก แตผูเขียนกสอดแทรกปรัชญาและความแตกฉานในการมองประวัติศาสตรความเปนมาของโลก ตังแตยุคกอนประวัติศาสต
Jun 26, 2009 Teresa rated it it was ok
Recommended to Teresa by: my son
When my son handed me this book, he said you could tell it was the author's first novel and that if I had something better to read (always the case, of course), not to bother. But since we'd read Suzuki's other books, I decided to read this one, since I like to see how a novelist develops. Here, you can see concepts and themes emerging that he uses to greater effect in his later novels.

It's an okay, though very flawed, book. I esp. liked part 2 (compulsive reading in that section - the other 2 s
Cathy Green
Oct 11, 2016 Cathy Green rated it liked it
Readers may be familiar with Koji Suzuki primarily for his j-horror Ringu books which were made into highly successful films first in Japan and then in the United States. What readers may not realize is that Mr. Suzuki's first novel was not The Ring, but the 1990 fantasy novel Rakuen (translated as Paradise), which won the Japan Fantasy Novel Award. Fortunately, Koji Suzuki's award-winning fantasy novel has now been translated into English by Tyram Grillo and published by Vertical, Inc.

Apr 29, 2013 Nicholas rated it it was amazing
Before I proceed, I must firstly make a confession here. Prior to my attending the World Horror Convention in San Francisco in ’06, I did not know the name. Oh, I was familiar enough with The Ring from all the hoopla generated from its American theatrical and subsequent video release, and at the time it was all the rage. I never saw it at that point, am not certain if its sequel had yet emerged at that time.
At that convention, I was prowling about the dealer’s tables, and I came across a young
Sep 07, 2016 Or_O rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
หนาปกแฟนตาซี หลังปกแฟนตาซี รางวัลทีไดกประเภทแฟนตาซี แตเรืองนีมีความเปนแฟนตาซีเหนือธรรมชาตินอยมากๆ เลยคะ แถมไมไดออกแนวรัก (หรือโรแมนติก) เทาไรนักดวย



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เลาถึงยุคสมัยกอนประวัติศาสตร มนุษยอยูรวมกันเปนเผาตางๆ นับถือเทพและเชือในสิงเหนือธรรมชาติ ชายและหญิงในเผาคูหนึงรักและแตงงานดวยกัน ไมนานเผากโดนรุกรานจากเผาภายนอก ฝายหญิงถูกจับตัวไป ฝายชายทีรอดชีวิตดินรนเพือตามหาฝายหญิง

เผาทีจับฝายหญิงไปนันออกเดินทางเพือหนีความเหนบหนาวและขาดแคลน แสวงหาแหลงถิ
Jan 11, 2010 Zee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
A unique love story that spans centuries. Two lovers are separated on the wild steppes of Mongolia, yet their undying love wanders the unknown parts of the world, only to meet again thousands of years later incarnated in the bodies of two strangers.

This novel shows a side of Suzuki that is little known. His writing of love is that of high, spiritual immortality. In 'Paradise', Suzuki teaches us a thing or two about soulmates. He allows us to travel from one moment in time to the next, visiting d
Intriguing premise. A love story that transcends time and parallels the migration of Native American and Polynesian, tracing it back to their common Asian ancestors. Story is told in three parts. A story of love and longing starting in Asia, marked with separation. The second part, moving closer to North America, and the last finally meeting.

First two parts are good, but I felt the last part is where the story falls apart. Took certain themes too literally and the conclusion kind of descended in
Johan Keller
Aug 02, 2014 Johan Keller rated it really liked it
Having read the Ring trilogy, and being more than satisfied to say the least, I wanted to explore mor of Suzuki's literature.

Paradise is not in the same genre-department as any of the Ring books, and yet it incorporates much of the same atmosphere of them, due to Suzuki's writing style. I will say that Paradise is a bit slow, for lack of better wording, throughout the whole book, and at times seems rather mundane, but I cannot stress enough just how this should not be a reason to put it down. Th
Scott Lee
Mar 14, 2016 Scott Lee rated it it was ok
A decent book marred by a mediocre translation. The sentences had a very similar cadence throughout, making for a bit of a dull read. This coupled with a story that never quite hung together despite its best efforts. Three storylines in three different ages are related by a vague reincarnation type theme (shades of Cloud Atlas) but never cohere or manage to achieve any emotional resonance.

Two stars for the fact that I wanted to see how the story turned out, and so finished the book. It's a quick
Kat Lopez
Aug 11, 2011 Kat Lopez added it
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Only Koji Suzuki's genius mind can conjure such story line. I'm a great fan of the Author but I'm not sure that I could say the same thing about the book. Though divided in to 3 different connecting stories, Part 1 is what I enjoyed the most. Writing Love stories may not be his forte but his unusual thinking manifested how a good love story is not always a boy meets girl scenario. Whilst reading this book I found myself asking whether such great love is possible, something that lasts through var ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Sae-chan rated it really liked it
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A captivating read. What I liked about Suzuki-san was that he wasn’t afraid to deal with issue of immaterial world. There are things we don’t understand, things we can’t explain, yet we know they are real for us. Modern people tend to stay away from this subject, for fear of persecution of being old-fashioned, superstitious, even stupid.

Tafune, Tyler, Gilbert. Were they less important than Bogud-Fayau, Jones-Laia, and Leslie-Flora? Would there even be a story without them? To the few people who
Noel Thingvall
Feb 18, 2011 Noel Thingvall rated it really liked it
PROS: The entire plot should feel like a conceit, but it was marvelously executed. Sweeping, romantic, unpredictable. You see where it's going, but not how it'll line things up to get you there. The three stories and their characters feel hauntingly real and relatable.

CONS: There is a bit of a psychic element in the third story that feels like a plotting compromise, but it's so brief that it doesn't derail everything.
Feb 07, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
Though its three parts have seemingly little to do with each other, certain motifs in each are woven together to create the overlying plot: while it is never actually stated within the text, it becomes clear that the three couples, from three different times and places, are each reincarnations of the last, and in each story fate, destiny or chance conspire to push them together, culminating in an underground rescue in the American desert.
Feb 14, 2008 Mary rated it liked it
This mystical story starts out in the prehistoric Asia, then goes to the South Pacific in the late 1700's and ends in New York in the 1990's, It follows the genetic link through the centuries--interesting.
M. J.
Jul 25, 2011 M. J. rated it really liked it
It seems like it was written by a different guy (it was written before his Ring trilogy), but it certainly wasn't bad... God knows I've read worse. He should stick to horror, though, I think. You could describe this as...romance written by someone who doesn't typically write romance.
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Oct 12, 2011 Bellbomb Bellbomb rated it it was amazing
I first encountered this author from The Ring series (translated into Thai, since my knowledge of Japanese is so poor). I used to think The Ring was his best work, but after I read this novel, I changed my mind. They are both great in their genre, but somehow I find Paradise to be more gratifying.
Michael McFarland
Aug 01, 2012 Michael McFarland rated it it was ok
2 and a half stars. Some sections were intriguing, others only so-so. An interesting idea, I'm just not sure Suzuki convinced me.
Aug 30, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book so much. Is a love story through the ages, always the same couple, finding each other every single time.
It's just wonderful.
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Suzuki Kōji (鈴木光司) is a Japanese writer, who was born in Hamamatsu and currently lives in Tokyo. Suzuki is the author of the Ring novels, which has been adapted into a manga series. He has written several books on the subject of fatherhood. He is currently on the selection committee for the Japan Fantasy Novel Award.

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