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: In the Miso Soup (): Ryu Murakami, Ralph McCarthy: Books. Murakami plays with space and culture, shedding light on the lack of personal space by drawing the reader into the claustrophobic world of the story’s narrator, . A review, and links to other information about and reviews of In the Miso Soup by Murakami Ryu.

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Not at all what I had expected, and the last third definitely saved this book from a lower score.

What is this book about? It does offer an interesting, bleak glimpse of contemporary Japanese society, but it’s unfortunate that Murakami uses the simply unbelievable Frank-figure and Kenji’s unlikely suspicions to make many of his points.

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Eoup blistering portrait of contemporary Japan, its nihilism and decadence wrapped up within one of the most savage thrillers since The Silence of the Lambs. Notify me of new posts via email.

The writing is excellent, and the description of Tokyo’s red light district Kabukicho is still very vivid in my mind. Also by Ryu Murakami: Nothing Frank says about himself is convincing, and he even seems to lie about irrelevant things. He lets the tension build like one of the better Alfred Hitchcock films. This is not a book for those who turn pale at detailed descriptions of violence or sexual violence.

In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami

There are wonderful thoughtful observations about contemporary Japanese culture and even some unexpected levity. He looks to Rei like a fisherman, although she knows that is unlikely.

Adam McKay’s gonzo Dick Cheney biopic satire, Vice, won’t be compared to Shakespeare, but it shares the Bard’s disinterest in supervillains’ motivations. 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. No, the desire to murder comes from a place much less facile.

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Don’t confuse this author with Haruki Murakami, or souo may be in for a surprise. There is something not quite right about Frank. Mo This is a really interesting thriller.

Kenji isn’t without a dark side of his own, which he is ashamed of whenever it comes to light. There’s a scene in here where a woman has her throat cut. The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of Inthe music world saw amazing reissues spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and electronic to pop of all stripes.

And the fact that he changes hotel rooms every few days makes Kenji wonder whether he might not be connected in some way to a string of grisly murders that have been terrorizing Tokyo for the last few weeks.

As Kenji is first meeting Frank two nights before the New Year’s celebration, Tokyo police are puzzling over a brutal, torturous murder of a teen girl who is also a known prostitute. All of Ryu Murakami’s horror stories are a social critique of some kind.

A Tokyo tour guide gets requested for a tour by an American and it seems it’s one job he wishes he did not take up as the new year closely approaches.

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I came to this country hoping to find out what the people who eat that soup on a daily basis might be like. Most everyone likes this book except for me. I felt like a miniature version of myself. It goes a little weird zoup the end. It is weird all over. The complete review ‘s Review:.

Nov 16, Marvin rated it it was amazing Shelves: He is negative, bad and mad but he is driven by a reason and circumstances and he has his boundaries, if a little too crazy. While Japan offers the global culture a number of stylish and critically celebrated creatives — from animators to artists to architects — in the world of authors there’s little doubt that the name Murakami has in recent years developed its own cache.


His idea that Frank is responsible initially seems like a product of paranoia and grim humour, a horrible, outlandish joke. It’s pretty powerfully written for a horror. Liking it, but being shocked. And unlike the coming-of-age tales that also feature prominently in Murakami’s work, the contemporary setting of In the Miso Soup gives the story a sense of immediacy, making Frank a yru real, very possible character, no matter how improbable his existence may seem.

It was mmurakami foray into the interactions between a lost young Japanese Man and a middle aged American psychopath so intelligent and cunni 4. That would have been interesting. There are handjobs available. Everyone has a good side and a side that’s not so good It gives me a headache.

It concerns Kenji, a twenty-something slacker who’s primary source of income is leading foriegn tourists around on sex tours, his specialty being his ability to grease palms and open doors in establishments where gaijin are normally forbidden.

All they cared about was expensive bourbon and handbags and hotels. 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. Murakami never writes poorly, that I have read. Forget the civilizational clash between Islam and Christianity: