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In the Miso Soup by Ryū Murakami
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Jul 28, 2011

really liked it

I raced through this in a couple of hours, it certainly holds your attention. The protagonist, Kenji, is very "seen it all before". As the narrative unfolds it becomes very apparent that he definitely hasn't seen THIS before. It would be unfair to say too much more about the plot, although the synopsis given here (and on the back of the book) will lead you to expect a particular outcome, and you'll be right.

I see other readers make comparisons with American Psycho, as does the blurb on the paperback, but American Psycho is a far better book and has a much sharper satirical edge to it.

But this is a good read, genuinely chilling; the suspense is built up well, and the Tokyo underworld that is described here was rendered vividly and convincingly. (Haruki Murakami's most recent, After Dark, touches upon a similar milieu.) I'd certainly be interested to try more of this author's works.

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