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3.27  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  7 reviews
What happens when a spunky young Japanese woman moves in with a jaded African American? In Trash, Japanese culture comes to Harlem and receives an ambivalent welcome. When we first meet Koko, she is chained to a bed - the outcome of a bitter fight. She faces a watershed in her life in New York. Should she stay uptown in an all-consuming love-hate relationship with her olde ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Penguin Books (first published 1991)
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Ruby Hollyberry
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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I love this book. It is about the sort of life I'd never choose to live myself - New York City, lots of bars and drinking, art and affairs. But it is the perfect life for the main character. Koko grew up in Japan and chose to come to NYC to live. She has a deliberately eclectic group of friends and has had a varied and extensive love history. She is a kind and gentle person who is generally unprepared for the streak of pure meanness in the man she has finally fallen madly in love with. He is a S ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
La copertina, molto diversa da questa, mi ha decisamente tratta in inganno, un altro acquisto incauto su internet.
Giapponese è solo la mania del suo amante per le donne, per il resto si tratta di una banalissima storia di amore malato e alcolizzato.
È tutto qui.
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John Dolan
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I like to try 'new' Japanese writers in English translation, and over the years I have discovered some gems. Unfortunately, 'Trash' was not one of my better experiences. While some of the prose is interestingly structured, I found the characters rather vapid, and the narrative lacking in tension. A disappointment.
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Quando ho iniziato questo libro ho pensato scrittura piacevole, ma ecco che come tutti i libri asiatici va a parere su un amore malato e distruttivo, e ho iniziato a prevedere quale potesse essere la piega che avrebbe preso l' intero romanzo, avendo già letto romanzi simili. Per un attimo mi è sembrato un ritorno al romanzo "Shangai baby" ho ritrovato alcuni elementi comuni con questo romanzo, ma poi andando avanti fortunatamente se ne è discostato nel modo migliore. Inizialmente, ho pensato di ...more
James Henry
Dec 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’d like to think something got lost in translation, because this novel was an absolute mess that went nowhere. Huge structural issues aside, there were just far too many problems: flat characters with motivations that changed scene from scene, a strangely blasé reaction to statutory rape, confusing and inconsistent relationships between the characters, and very little grasp of what this story is even about. Look, I wasn’t expecting the world from this, but instead of a salacious trashy novel ab ...more
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Started out strong but slid into a lot of blah, blah about Love.
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