In the Miso Soup
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 c ...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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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/tou...more
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
Kenji is a tour guide who ...more
Night one is slightly strange but when Ken ...more
I cannot speak to how well written the novel is because I don't read Japanese, therefore I cannot give credit to Murakami as a writer. I ...more
Full review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZk3q... ...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
I do appreciate what Murakami tried to show with this novel and how many themes he incorporated, as well ...more
It is a delicious read.
Kenji has the slightly illegal jo ...more
My first Murakami (either one), and I'd say this was a good introduction to the work and world of Mr. Ryū M. This is a fast, addictive read. It sucked me in right from the start and never let got - the pacing was just perfect for this book.
We follow Kenji, a specialized tourist guide - he shows interested, curious or plain horny foreigners the variety of Tokyo's nightlife scene. His latest cu ...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
"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
Surreal and pitch-dark, this novella gets written off as being only about the gore, or even trashy, and it doesn't deserve that. Yes, the graphic scenes are intense (particularly the nauseating omiai pub scene near the end ...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 book succeeds in creating a pervasive, inescapable sense of dread, as Kenji becomes more and more conv ...more
This book is only for those of you with a strong stomach! Ryū Murakami’s fiction is definitely on the dark side, and I feel like I jumped in at the deep end with the first book I picked up by him. Usually I’m not a huge fan of really gory books, but this one also had a surprisingly philosophical element to it that I really liked!
Set in Tokyo, Kenji is a tour guide who shows tourists around the city’s red light district. But his latest client, an American named Frank, gives Kenji an o ...more
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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