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With a serial killer on the loose and fabrications galore, Kenji soon suspects Freaky Frank and begins to fear for his life. Filled with graphic gore, violence and much theoretical comparison between the cultures of America and Japan, this shocking work of fiction is not for everyone.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. It is just before New Year’s.
Frank, muraakami overweight American tourist, has hired Kenji to take him on a guided tour of Tokyo’s sleazy nightlife on three successive evenings. But Frank’s behavior is so strange that Kenji begins to entertain a horrible suspicion: It isn’t until later, however, tha It is just murakaim New Year’s.
It isn’t until later, however, that Kenji learns exactly how much he has to fear and how irrevocably his encounter with this great white whale of an American will change his life. Paperbackpages. Published March 28th by Penguin first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about In the Miso Soupplease sign up. Why does the description of the book contain spoilers? You guys are nuts, period. Or perhaps too enthusiastic. Jaime Doup librarians to the rescue! If only for future readers. See 1 question about In the Miso Soup…. Lists with This Book. Rryu after begins imso he meets the American tourist Frank. There is something not quite right about Frank.
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Kenji has formed some opinions about Americans over the years. The Japanese have a similar defect, but Americans are even worse about trying to force others to do whatever they themselves believe to be right. American clients often forbid me to smoke and sometimes even make me accompany them on their daily jogs.
Frank keeps him close, even starts to consider him a friend, mirakami at one point insists on getting his picture taken with Kenji. This required murskami close contact. Just the fact that he was a man made it bad enough, but Frank also had that weird skin.
Good lord who would want to do that!!! Married women are going to clubs to talk to men who are willing to buy them food and drink for a chance to just be with them for a half hour.
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There are handjobs available. There are blowjobs available. There are places where you felt as if the dirt and grease and dead skin of all the previous horny, lonely customers were rubbing off on you.
Frank seems to want to do it all and he wants Kenji with him every step of the way. Frank is starting to freak him out. This is a short book, but Ryu Murakami shows a great deal of patience with the plot. He lets the tension build like one of the better Alfred Hitchcock films. There are wonderful thoughtful observations about contemporary Japanese culture and even some unexpected levity.
Some of the humor comes at those points, vintage Murakami, where you laugh and feel immediately guilty that you laughed at something so horrible. There is no sex, well plenty on stage left thhe right, but none on center stage. I know, shocking, especially given mixo nature of the plot. The struggle is deciding which one. My Almost Transparent Blue review miwo more thoughts on the works of Ryu Murakami If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: View all 30 comments.
May te, Jaidee rated it really liked it Shelves: Alice Munro’s “Dear Life: I murakamk 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 cunni 4.
It was a foray into the interactions between a lost young Japanese Man and a middle aged American psychopath so intelligent and cunning as they explore the red light district of Tokyo. The situations were at times hilarious, other times pathetic and at other times brazenly violent.
The writing veered from simplistic to intelligent philosophizing with dialogue that was both interesting yet repetitive. This left me with feelings of unease, fear and yet with a dreamlike haziness.
I read this in the late spring heat but actually felt chilled even when I read this book in a sun-brightened public park.
A dark intelligent little murakamo that I will not forget even if right now I would like to. View all 20 comments. Read this in one sitting. It’s a very quick read with a pacing and construction very much of its own, best experienced without any long breaks. I had the misfortune of taking a break just before a certain, uuhm, “highlight”, I guess you could call it, hurting the immersion a bit.
What is this book about? 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 Recommendation: There is a big amount of atmosphere setting as well, which is done brilliantly through the vivid descriptions of Tokyo’s red-light districts and its dwellers, as well as through poignant remarks on society, American and Japanese alike.
The author uses this thriller not only to strike fear into readers’ hearts, but to make them think on societal values and habits, such as our different ni of communication, the obsession with consumption and image-building, the great escape from Loneliness Prison where the only tool some people seem to get is the social equivalent of a plastic spoon.
Japan, and Tokyo in particular, has always been an inspiring setting to me, ever since seeing the movie “Lost in Ryyu and visiting the country myself. There’s a beautiful melancholy surrounding it all, a dreaminess with a dystopian touch, and this book further confirmed and built on those feelings for Tokyo that reside within me. I don’t claim to “know” Tokyo and I don’t wish to pretend these feelings niso in some way an opinion I can validate with strong facts, but the feelings are definitely there, and very strong.
I recently came across a series of pictures that perfectly show the setting that has been painted by Ryu Murakami in words. Of course, everyone is entitled to visualizing it in their own way, but for the curious: Tokyo’s greasy underbelly hide spoiler ] The book is divided into the “before”, the “Event” and the “after”, more or less, so I’ll organise this review accordingly.
I try to avoid spoilers but if you want to make really sure it might be best to not read my thoughts on the “after”. Before The “before” is the best part of the story for me. The tension building is extremely well done, and you feel as if you’re in Tokyo from page one.
Kenji, a sex tourist guide, offers the main perspective in this book. The writing is done so well it’s sometimes difficult not to feel like the sex tourist making use of his guidance. Just to say that this is a very immersive narrative. I learned a lot about how things are done under Tokyo’s Neon Lights, and I have to say it’s interesting and captivating to say the least. A whole new world opened up to me, and even though I’m glad to close that door again, it’s been an illuminating experience.
The atmosphere surrounding Frank, the American tourist who has hired Kenji, is supremely well done. Or is Kenji jumping to conclusions and overreacting?
The line between those two feelings is very delicately made and I found myself crossing it in either direction plenty of times. Frank throws lines of lies, seemingly daring you to catch one, and God knows what he’ll reel you into once you do.
Maybe a warm, loving hug? Dangerous or not, Frank IS scary. And he’s the kind of scary that hits home, because I’m certain that I have met people like the Frank described here. There was actually a particular person I could clearly picture when reading about Frank, making the immersion all the more intense, also because Kenji’s reactions to him completely coincided with how mine would be. The “before” starts off with some politically incorrect statements, on homosexuals and Americans in particular.
While I don’t agree with these statements and don’t even find them very funny, I’m not one to use “political correctness” as a yardstick for judging books. I hate the concept too much for that. Anyway, I don’t want to make this review the source of the kind of discussions you find all over the Internet already.
I just mentioned them because I think they’ve been thrown in there, early in the book, to dissuade the faint of heart. The Event No comment here, apart from the fact that the capitalized “E” in Event is supposed to be there. Make sure you’re not eating at the time, especially not miso soup sohp anything fluid and hot and with bits floating in them. After That’s where the book lost one star for me, but it’s still very good.