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...more
Sanada Chiaki is a S&M call girl in her early ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
DE NUEVO RYU MURAKAMI, RETUERCE LA MENTE HUMANA DE MANERAS EXTRAORDINARIAS.
¿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 ...more
Me recordó un poco a los libros de Palahniuk, quizá por el tema de "lo peor" del aspecto humano.
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 ...more
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 ...more
He plans the mur ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Crazy book. Lot's of sick fun.
un roman despre întâlnirea dintre două victime-criminal. de văzut cine e învingătorul :)
A ver que otra novela engancho próximamente del autor.
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