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Publisher Comments:

In this gloriously over-the-top tale, Aoyama, a widower who has lived alone with his son ever since his wife died seven years before, finally decides it is time to remarry. Since Aoyama is a bit rusty when it comes to dating, a filmmaker friend proposes that, in order to attract the perfect wife, they do a casting call for a movie they don't intend to produce. As the résumés pile up, only one of the applicants catches Aoyama's attention--Yamasaki Asami--a striking young former ballerina with a mysterious past. Blinded by his instant and total infatuation, Aoyama is too late in discovering that she is a far cry from the innocent young woman he imagines her to be. The novel's fast-paced, thriller conclusion doesn't spare the reader as Yamasaki takes off her angelic mask and reveals what lies beneath.

Review:

"Seven years after his wife's death, Aoyama, the protagonist of popular Japanese author Murakami's dud chiller, is ready to get on with his life. Aoyama has a strong relationship with his son, Shinge, but the successful businessman needs more than a teenage son to keep him company. So he turns to his friend, Yoshikawa, and the two hatch a plan to hold auditions for a fake movie where the actresses will really be interviewing to date Aoyama. Enter Yamasaki Asami, a former ballet dancer who wants to star in the fake film. Aoyama's smitten, even after it becomes clear that Asami's at least a little crazy. Unfortunately, none of this adds up to a suspenseful story, and the big finale is more uncomfortable than frightening. Murakami's work has what could be a fascinating set of characters, but the uneven pacing and ineffective dialogue provide the only hint of horror the book has to offer. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The long-awaited translation of the novel behind the cult classic Japanese movie.

Synopsis:

'The long-awaited translation of the novel behind the cult classic Japanese movie.\n

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About the Author

Ryu Murakami is the best-selling author of more than a dozen novels and the winner of Japan’s prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize. Many of his novels have been made into movies, including Audition. He lives in Japan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393338416
Author:
Murakami, Ryu
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Translator:
McCarthy, Ralph
Author:
lph McCarthy
Author:
McCarthy, Ralph
Author:
Ra
Subject:
General
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
191
Dimensions:
8.24x5.58x.48 in. .35 lbs.

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Product details 191 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393338416 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Seven years after his wife's death, Aoyama, the protagonist of popular Japanese author Murakami's dud chiller, is ready to get on with his life. Aoyama has a strong relationship with his son, Shinge, but the successful businessman needs more than a teenage son to keep him company. So he turns to his friend, Yoshikawa, and the two hatch a plan to hold auditions for a fake movie where the actresses will really be interviewing to date Aoyama. Enter Yamasaki Asami, a former ballet dancer who wants to star in the fake film. Aoyama's smitten, even after it becomes clear that Asami's at least a little crazy. Unfortunately, none of this adds up to a suspenseful story, and the big finale is more uncomfortable than frightening. Murakami's work has what could be a fascinating set of characters, but the uneven pacing and ineffective dialogue provide the only hint of horror the book has to offer. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The long-awaited translation of the novel behind the cult classic Japanese movie.
"Synopsis" by , 'The long-awaited translation of the novel behind the cult classic Japanese movie.\n

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