In the Miso Soup

In the Miso Soup

Book - 2003
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It is just before New Year's. Frank, an 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: that his new client is in fact the serial killer currently terrorizing the city. It isn't until the second night, however, in a scene that will shock you and make you laugh and make you hate yourself for laughing, 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.

Kenji's intimate knowledge of Tokyo's sex industry, his thoughtful observations and wisecracks about the emptiness and hypocrisy of contemporary Japan, and his insights into the shockingly widespread phenomena of "compensated dating" and "selling it" among Japanese schoolgirls, give us plenty to think about on every page. Kenji is our likable, if far from innocent, guide to the inferno of violence and evil into which he unwillingly descends-and from which only Jun, his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, can possibly save him...
Publisher: Tokyo : Kodansha International, 2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9784770029577
Branch Call Number: FICTION Murakami Ryu 2003
Characteristics: 180 p. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: McCarthy, Ralph F.


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Feb 20, 2016

This book made no sense at all. The first half was gawd awful. Then there is an episode (the best in the book) where we have graphic carnage. After that it peters into slow nothingness. And all this inside 180 pages. Can you imagine the book being any longer?

Dec 02, 2015

Best book I have read in along time.

Nov 27, 2015

Normally, I cannot stand books with any type of gore in them [and movies likewise] but this was a really offbeat, cleverly written piece and I am a fan of Japanese crime fiction. [And FYI to commenter, advega718, that third chapter is SOP for serial killers, just look into Ted Bundy, and the others' pattern.]

May 29, 2015

Disappointing. Very dull and anticlimactic for such a uniquely warped premise. The conflict didn't seem to go anywhere and the twist in the third chapter was so over the top it failed. Then it just fell flat again all the way to an ending left unresolved in the lamest way possible.

freemanh Jul 28, 2011

Really enjoyed this book, though it's pretty graphic and not for the weak of stomach...


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