A renaissance man for the postmodern age, Ryu Murakami; a musician, filmmaker (Tokyo Decadence), TV personality, and award-winning author; has gained a cult following in the West. His first novel, Almost Transparent Blue, won Japan's most coveted literary prize and sold over a million copies, and hi...more
Sanada Chiaki is a S&M call girl in her early ...more
Piercing by Ryū Murakami
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Blurb: In Piercing, Murakami, in his own unique style, explores themes of child abuse and what happens to the voiceless among us, weaving a disturbing, spare tale of two people who find each other and then are forced into hurting each other deeply because of the haunting specter of their own abuse as children. Piercing is set in Tokyo and follows Kawashima Masayuki trying to come to terms with his overwhelming desire to stab his infant child with ...more
the two main characters have a lot of residual damage from childhood traumas that they never dealt with. it's a very visceral, intense and dark story. murakami's descriptions of violence and abuse are graphic and minutely detailed, but not without compassion. the characters are fully realized, and I think the characters' relentl ...more
He plans the mur ...more
The two main characters (and there really are only two characters in this rather short book) are both acutely damaged from childhood trauma and abuse. Each sees the world in an entirely different way, and each perceives the other's actions through a lens of their own psychological damage. This leads to ...more
The only reason I can come up with, for reading it for far too long, is that it doesn't has its usual Murakami grip, as what I felt in In The Miso Soup and Audition.
It began pretty interesting, a quest of a somebody whose objective is to get rid of his fear, which he a ...more
It was the first real "adult" book I'd read that wasn't a classic and I was a bit smug at being allowed to buy and read this.
On the one hand I loved it because reading it made me feel like I was getting away with something naughty, but on the other hand I just hated it. It felt like the author was shouting this shocking nonsense stuff at me to bait a reaction. It felt desperate. I just wanted there to be more substance and less "... ...more
I read In the miso soup a few years ago and that was my first book by "this" Murakami. While Miso was definitely more exciting and had you on the edge of your seat a little more, psychologically this book do ...more
Il romanzo in sé è ben scritto e incentrato su un argomento che non lascia indifferenti.
La violenza è molto schietta e viene presentata senza mezze misure. Se questo non mi ha disturbato, avrei preferito una maggior introspezione dei personaggi, del protagonista in particolare. Traspare la sua complessità e la motivazione che lo spinge a comportarsi in un certo modo, ma l'analisi viene lasciata al lettore, la trama si incentra sugli accadimenti.
Comunque, un libro meritevole.
Two deranged, sexually completely f-ed people meet and try to kill each other. Frequent mentions of songs and brand names - a little Easton Ellis.
The prose isn't stil ...more
I recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Kirino's "Out", though the tale is not as complex. And further push newer readers beginning here with th ...more
How was it ?....well
Right in the middle of the story I took my purse and went to the bookstore to get his other books coz I know if I didn't I would kick myself in the head later on....
The story was AWESOME...a gory kind of Awesome really ...which is what I love in Japanese stories...they get under your skin....
It's dark and psychotic....and how some minds work in the most bizarre way...
Murakami's way of writing is really gripping...he doesn't go into details ye ...more
However, I wouldn't recommend it to younger people (I'm on the younger side of things ...more
Kawashima steht mitten in der Nacht mit der Taschenlampe am Bettchen seiner kleiner Tochter, um einfach zu schauen, ob dort alles okay ist. Jede Nacht tut er dieses einfach aus der Angst, dass er seinen kleinen Tochter irgendwann etwas antun könnte. Denn nur einem Menschen konnte er bi ...more
Después tenemos la historia del niño que fue abusado y que para soportar eso se separó de sí mismo creando dos versiones de él dentro de su cuerpo. Uno que ama a su f ...more
Kawashima îṣi iubeṣte copilul ṣi soṭia, însă vocile vor sânge, amintirile vor piele despicată, viitorul său cere un cadavru. Astfel ...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