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
(*Warning: Graphic murder scenes.)
But I absolutely loved the writing style.
I liked the characters - both the good, the bad and the ugly.
The whole book talks about two nights.
A character from America visiting Japan to have some fun.
A Japanese guide.
The characters get revealed in length through conversations.
First third of the book is so damn full of suspense and will get you psychologically hyped up.
The last part is just something you would want to avo ...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
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
Kenji is a tour guide who ...more
Night one is slightly strange but when Ken ...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 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
It's Kenji's job to show tourists around the more unsavory areas of Tokyo. His livelihood depends on his making sure that his clients have their baser desires satisfied, and that they leave smiling. Frank, the proverbial Ugly American, is his latest customer, and he's rather strange.
. . . I'd never seen a face quite like this one. It took me a while to pinpoint exactly what was so odd about it. The skin. It looked almost artificial, as if he'd b ...more
Full review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZk3q... ...more
It is a delicious read.
Kenji has the slightly illegal jo ...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
"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
ugh...i always wanted to visit Kabukicho.
i like the commentary on the sex industry. it points out loneliness of the people. women and men that don't need money do sex work just so they can meet people and feel the void they have. lonely men try to meet teen girls not for sex but so they can chat with them for like 5minutes. hell u can even rent a boyfriend or a cuddle buddy. also boyfriend cafes are a thing... these days people are fucking l ...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
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.
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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