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Tokyo Year Zero by David Peace
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Oct 22, 2009

really liked it
Read in September, 2009

What an experience this book is. For the first time in my life I ended up feeling sympathy for the Japanese who survived WW2. The abiding memories are of filth, squalor, itching and scratching while eking out an existence. The murders are almost inconsequential - which I would imagine is one of the points Peace is trying to make in the light of events in Manchuria and the dropping of the A bombs on Japan. The only negatives are that some of the style does intrude - repetition is fine if you're learning times tables but there is a limit - and the ending comes in a bit of a blur even after a few re-reads. However I can't wait for the next volume in the trilogy.

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