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3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  4,259 Ratings  ·  386 Reviews
A pulsating psycho-thriller from Ryu Murakami, author of In the Miso Soup

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

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Anthony Vacca
Sep 10, 2014 Anthony Vacca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anthony by: Lauren Floyd
Seriously perturbed about a rash of late-night impulses to murder his newborn child with an ice pick, Tokyo businessman Kawashima Masayuki decides that the only sensible thing to do is to murder a random prostitute instead. But even with all his careful preparations, which Kawashima painstakingly scribbles into a notebook, the last thing that our everyman hero expects is that his intended victim is just as deranged and volatile a freak as himself.

Sanada Chiaki is a S&M call girl in her early
Nov 21, 2011 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Some books are unrelenting rays of sunshine, filling you with joy, optimism and hope for the future..... and then there is Piercing, a two-hundred-page miasma of darkness and human misery.

It's not so much a "horror" story per se, with most of the true horror being in Kawashima and Chiaki's mistreatment as children, and how it continues to warp and destroy their lives as adults - Kawashima's homicidal fantasies and Chiaki's self-destructiveness collide into a corrosive mess after they meet by cha
Apr 06, 2017 Haiiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tôi cố suy nghĩ về cuốn sách trong khoảng gần một tiếng đồng hồ vốn dành riêng cho việc nghe file nhạc chẳng ai khác nghe được ngoài mình, cuốc bộ quãng đường hơn 4km và vênh mặt nhìn trời nhìn đất... Kết quả là không nghĩ được gì cả, không tiến triển được một chút nào, không cắt nghĩa được bất cứ một ý gì và không đặt tên được bất cứ một xúc cảm cá nhân nào dành cho nó. Như thể ở dưới một cái giếng khoan bốn bề tối tăm, cố gắng lần mò để trèo lên rồi nhận ra xung quanh trơn tuột chả có cái khấc ...more
Jun 21, 2013 Rage rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan
so this book made me feel physically unwell. I think it was an excellent, well-written book, masterfully translated, but it was extremely painful and unpleasant to read.

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
It has probably been two years since I read “In the Miso Soup,” what I consider more than just Ryu Murakami's flagship novel, but one of the few pieces of literature that I still draw on regularly when I want to ush and gush about fiction. I can still conjure what it feels like to read that book: Dreamy, terrifying and lonely, with a touch of nausea. And whenever I get into a conversation about books with someone I know can handle the dankest of dank, and the sourest of sour, the bloodiest of bl ...more
juan carlos
Mar 27, 2016 juan carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


¿Para qué leer Piercing?

1. Para conectarte con una narrativa ácida, cruel y retorcida que sólo este escritor puede hacer.
2. La naturaleza del crimen, y los asesinatos esta muy bien explicada y ejecutada.
3. Abuso sexual y maltrato infantil, llevado al extremo, (brutales descripciones)
4. La manera en que explica y argumenta este autor acerca de trau
One of the most delightfully fucked up books I have ever read is Piercing. Yet, despite its gruesome content (Psychopathic killer vs Schizophrenic Prostitute) there is a strange and beautiful philosophy delicately balanced between the two protagonists. I must say that the strangeness of the tale does have the unique flavoring of the Japanese, so those who are fond of Japanese writing will probably like this. However, for those of you who enjoy the neat, though often exciting bundles of Western w ...more
Jul 14, 2017 Irene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Mi primer libro de Ryu Murakami y estuvo bien. O sea, es súper raro, los protagonistas necesitan una ida urgente a terapia, y algunas partes fueron muy de: eh, qué demonios pasa? Pero, en general, la historia es entretenida.

Me recordó un poco a los libros de Palahniuk, quizá por el tema de "lo peor" del aspecto humano.
Ernest Junius
May 12, 2011 Ernest Junius rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: porn filmmakers, psychologist
I don't know if it was because of my overwhelming work flow in the office these 2 weeks, I only managed to finish this book after 10 days or more. It shouldn't be that way though, since Piercing is relatively thin and easy to read.

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
Mar 07, 2014 Clint rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I actually like Ryu Murakami most of the time, but this book was just, like, a parody of himself. Starts out with a guy messing around with his baby's cheek with an ice pick while his wife is sleeping behind him, thinking how nice a guy he is for not killing the baby, then he decides he needs to stab the ice pick into some woman's stomach, then decides on top of that he needs to know first hand if a sliced Achilles tendon really makes a loud pop, then gets a love hotel and writes all this down i ...more
Fiqa (readinoutloud)
Mar 05, 2016 Fiqa (readinoutloud) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Disturbing. Brutal. Fucked-up.

This is my second time reading a Japanese fiction written by someone who isn't Haru-Kami and I loved it. I love how bizarre and gruesome the plot is, I love how sick the characters are. This book is about a mental-illed man obsessed with stabbing his own infant child and in order to not kill his own child he starts meticulously planning to kill a hired prostitute using an ice pick. Its a really short book with only two main characters. This book may not be suitable
Oto Bakradze
ბოლო 20 გვერდი ძაან სუსტია. :(
მანამდე ძალიან მაგარია. წამებში იკითხება ))

მოკლედ ფინალმა გატეხა :D
Prae Ontira
ชอบแนวคิดหลักของเรืองทีเขาไปอยูในหัวของวาทีฆาตกรและปฏิสัมพันธของตัวละครในชวงเวลาวันสองวัน มันใหอารมณทีตางออกไปมากทีเดียว แตติดใจเรืองความไหลลืนของภาษาซึงไมแนใจวาตนฉบับเขียนแบบนีเปนเอกลักษณหรืิิอเปนวิธีการแปลอยางเฉพาะ เนืองจากรูสึกติดๆ ขัดๆ ความหมายและการเรียงประโยคมันแปลก บางจุดเกือบจะคิดดวยซำวาแปลผิดรึเปลา อันนีไมกลาตัดสินจริงๆ เพราะไมไดเรียนรูหรือมีประสบการณแปลมาอะไร แตอานแลวงงบางสวนจริงๆ ...more
Arya Stark
Wow i am in a major slump I normally really like how dark this author is but this was way to dark for me.

Might need to take a break from new books for a while
Romina Nicolaides
Jan 05, 2015 Romina Nicolaides rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japanese
Piercing is a short and poignant book about a seemingly balanced family man who after some sleepless nights realizes he has raging fantasies about stabbing his baby girl with an ice pick. In order to avoid this fate he decides he needs to focus his attention somewhere else and concludes that the best avenue for his drive is to stab a woman. He gives his wife and company an excuse, takes the week off work and settles into a hotel in the business district where prostitutes abound.

He plans the mur
Lukáš Palán
Dec 05, 2016 Lukáš Palán rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japanese
No to byla zase asijská šleha!

Rjúa jsem četl už dvakrát, přičemž ani jednou to nebylo fajn, jen divný. I když jsem od té doby vypil 59 litrů Becherovky, knížka V polévce miso mi nějakým záhadným způsobem zůstala v hlavě. Piercing se mi líbil námětem, ale pořád jsem ho odkládal. Třeba takový klíče si asi nepřečtu nikdy, ty odkládám každej den. LOL.

Ale zpět ke knize. Maník má pořád choutky bodnout do něčeho sekáčkem na led, a aby ho náhodou nenapadlo bodnout do svýho mimina, rozhodne se, že si zaj
Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
This is a stunningly good book that mixes visceral and disturbing psychological landscapes with an extremely intelligent, almost farcical story structure. I have never read anything quite like it.

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
May 06, 2015 Mindi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this one because it is on the Flavorwire list of The 50 Scariest Books of All Time.

Two broken characters spend a night together, unaware that they are both suffering from mental illness due to their abusive childhoods. Kawashima appears to be a happily married man with a new baby, but inside he fears that his abusive past will cause him to lose control and hurt his little girl. He convinces himself that if he kills someone else he will be able to control those urges, and so lies to his w
Aug 16, 2012 zaydzayn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i dont know.i cant say i like it. the plot is okay. i just cant see the objective of the story. the story is dark, disturbed in a way. its about some disturbed japanese guy, disturbed psychologically as a side effect from being tortured by his mother when he was little. now he kinda wants others the feel his pain. he then hires a prostitute, wanting to stab her with an ice pick and watch her in pain. turns out the prostitute was also disturbed as he is. she has issues to. being a sex slave by he ...more
Ben Loory
Dec 24, 2008 Ben Loory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ben by: arrived in a box from pluto
my first encounter with the other murakami. for some reason i expected this guy to be a much slower, more cerebral, more "artistic" writer than haruki murakami (i guess because the japanese lit-folks seem to prefer him), but in actuality it turned out to be the opposite. this book makes the wind-up bird chronicle look like something a spinsterly schoolmarm might cook up over the course of eight or ten years of sunday afternoon tea. not to say i like this murakami better; based on this i'm still ...more
Nov 28, 2009 Tressa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two abused-as-children adults come together by chance one night in a hotel room, and the result is a bloody mess. I won't say anymore so as not to give away the story but Ryu Murakami's Piercing is an introspective study of the damage that physical and sexual abuse can carry on into the later years in horrifying ways. I usually have no sympathy for the violent criminal who blames his bad childhood on his actions, but for a moment in time this book made me understand how such how progressions can ...more
This is my second book from this author, and I have to say I liked it better than the first (which was Audition). The two main characters, as well as the whole premise in general, are deliciously twisted people who almost sort of belong together in a way. I can't speak to whether this translation is particularly good or bad, but I can say I was able to follow it easily; I'm sure there are a few things here and there that are lost in translation, but there wasn't anything that left me scratching ...more
My second Ryu Murakami book and the second book I have been too horrified to put down. I sat here and read ferociously in hopes that everything would be okay. But are they ever okay? This story really has two main characters who meet under insane circumstances and for a while you kind of hope they fall for each other. Then you realize that you think that and feel that you must be cracking up.

Crazy book. Lot's of sick fun.
sumbru, dur. roman despre violență, despre probleme psihice, copilării abuzate sexual, instincte criminale, sado-masochism. Murakami și-a lasăt îmbrăcate cele două personaje de toate spaimele și fricile posibile pentru a le deschide apetitul pentru crimă, violență sau sinucidere.

un roman despre întâlnirea dintre două victime-criminal. de văzut cine e învingătorul :)
Dec 24, 2016 Niki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A captivating and unsettling book. Short and easy to read, but not short in content. I read this book in less than 24 hours, and I had to force myself to go to bed instead of staying up longer to finish it, since I started it in the evening. Messed up and gruesome at times; special shoutout goes to the ending, which I especially loved.
Nov 03, 2013 Tomás rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Primera novela que leo de Ryu Murakami (no confundir con Haruki Murakami). Una novela corta, bastante turbia y por momentos incómoda. Es increíble el desarrollo psicológico que hace el autor de los dos personajes principales, aspecto que se lleva todos mis aplausos, como así también el hecho de lo arriesgado de la novela en general.

A ver que otra novela engancho próximamente del autor.
Scott Brook
Jul 11, 2015 Scott Brook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice quick read, although with a rather dark and sadistic tone. The plot is rather simple. A damaged man with an urge to kill picks his first victim not knowing that she is just as or even more damaged. Cat and mouse ensues. Worth a read. However, if the reader has weak stomach, I would not recommend doing this while eating, as I did. Some pretty graphic depictions are included.
Oct 13, 2016 Miguel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decidí darle otra oportunidad a Ryu Murakami después de Azul. Qué afortunada decisión, los personajes están bien delineados. La historia a veces languidece por el hecho de girar sobre un sólo eje, la premisa prometida al iniciar el libro.
Sarah Anne
Oct 10, 2015 Sarah Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, crime, author-man
Damn! I lost my comments trying to delete another edition!
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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
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“In heated rooms, he often felt the outlines of his body, the border between him and the external world, grow disturbingly fuzzy.” 14 likes
“Who knew there were still people like that in this world, though? Everybody wants to talk about themselves, and everybody wants to hear everybody else's story, so we take turns playing reporter and celebrity. 'It must have made you very sad when your own father raped you - can you describe some of your feelings at the time? Yes, I wept and wept, wonder why something like this had to happen to me'. It's like that. Everyone's running around comparing wounds, like bodybuilders showing off their muscles. And what's really unbelievable is that they really believe they can heal the wounds like that, just by putting them on display.” 11 likes
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