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In the Miso Soup

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Another roller-coaster ride from a master of the psycho-thriller!

It looked as though Maki had another mouth below her jaw. Oozing from this second, smiling mouth was a thick, dark liquid, like coal tar. Her throat had been slit literally from ear to ear and more than halfway through, so that it looked as if her head might fall right off. And yet, incredibly, Maki was still on her feet and still alive, her eyeballs swiveling wildly and her lips quivering as she wheezed foam-flecked blood from the wound in her throat. She seemed to be trying to say something...

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...

Review:

"A blistering portrait of contemporary Japan, its nihilism and decadence wrapped up within one of the most savage thrillers since The Silence of the Lambs. Shocking but gripping." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A wicked meditation on the worst traits of American and Japanese society, this is a creepy culture clash indeed." Frank Sennett, Booklist

Review:

"In this skillful translation by Ralph McCarthy, Kenji is an appealing narrator, observant without being judgmental and nervous without being melodramatic; even the intensely creepy Frank is not entirely unsympathetic." Curtis Sittenfeld, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Beyond one terribly shocking scene, Miso is a thoughtful novel about loneliness, lack of identity and cultural and moral corruption. Through simple yet chilling language, Murakami doesn't condemn his characters." Christopher Theokas, USA Today

Synopsis:

"Oh, so you're Kenji!"

The overweight American tourist made a big show of being delighted to see me. It was a moment I won't forget — the first time I ever met Frank. I had just turned twenty. Though my English is far from perfect, I work as a 'nightlife guide' for visitors from overseas. Foreigners pay me to guide them to relatively safe strip joints, massage parlors, SM bars, 'soapland' bathhouses and what have you.

So starts In the Miso Soup and the wild ride through the underbelly of Tokyo that only Ryu Murakami can provide. Frank has hired Kenji for three nights, through New Year's Eve. But his behavior is so odd that Kenji begins to entertain a horrible suspicion — that his new client is in fact the serial killer currently terrorizing Tokyo. It isn't until the second night, however, in a shocking scene that will 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.

Synopsis:

Tokyo tour guide Kenji takes on Frank--a great white whale of an American tourist--and soon begins to suspect that he might be the serial killer that is terrorizing the city. Full of dark humor and suspense, this book takes readers on a wild ride through the underbelly of Tokyo compliments of the legendary Ryu Murakami.

Synopsis:

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...

About the Author

Renaissance man for the postmodern age, Ryu Murakami has played drums for a rock group, made movies (including Tokyo Decadence), and hosted a TV talk show. While he was still a student, his first novel was awarded his country's most coveted literary prize and sold over one million copies. This appeared in English as Almost Transparent Blue, and has since been followed by the comic novel 69 and Coin Locker Babies, which the Washington Post called "a knockout...a great big pulsating parable." Now, In the Miso Soup will give readers a further taste of the incredibly agile imagination that has won him a huge following in Japan.

Ralph McCarthy is the translator of 69 by Ryu Murakami and two collections of stories by Osamu Dazai — Self Portraits and Blue Bamboo.

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Catherine McBride-Stern, June 17, 2007 (view all comments by Catherine McBride-Stern)
I had become addicted to Japanese literature after reading Battle Royale by Koushun Takami a couple of years ago and after reading In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami I am reminded again what draws me. It is chilling, thrilling, and sometimes horrific, but the writting is so matter of fact it makes the unusual seem almost normal.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9784770029577
Translator:
McCarthy, Ralph
Publisher:
Kodansha USA
Translator:
McCarthy, Ralph
Author:
null, Ryu
Author:
Murakami, Ryu
Author:
McCarthy, Ralph F.
Author:
null, Ralph F.
Location:
Tokyo
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Serial murders
Subject:
Literature/English | World Literature | Asia
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Series Volume:
108-104
Publication Date:
February 2004
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
51 figures
Pages:
180
Dimensions:
6.3 x 9 x 0.8 in 1.05 lb

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Product details 180 pages Kodansha International (JPN) - English 9784770029577 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A blistering portrait of contemporary Japan, its nihilism and decadence wrapped up within one of the most savage thrillers since The Silence of the Lambs. Shocking but gripping."
"Review" by , "A wicked meditation on the worst traits of American and Japanese society, this is a creepy culture clash indeed."
"Review" by , "In this skillful translation by Ralph McCarthy, Kenji is an appealing narrator, observant without being judgmental and nervous without being melodramatic; even the intensely creepy Frank is not entirely unsympathetic."
"Review" by , "Beyond one terribly shocking scene, Miso is a thoughtful novel about loneliness, lack of identity and cultural and moral corruption. Through simple yet chilling language, Murakami doesn't condemn his characters."
"Synopsis" by , "Oh, so you're Kenji!"

The overweight American tourist made a big show of being delighted to see me. It was a moment I won't forget — the first time I ever met Frank. I had just turned twenty. Though my English is far from perfect, I work as a 'nightlife guide' for visitors from overseas. Foreigners pay me to guide them to relatively safe strip joints, massage parlors, SM bars, 'soapland' bathhouses and what have you.

So starts In the Miso Soup and the wild ride through the underbelly of Tokyo that only Ryu Murakami can provide. Frank has hired Kenji for three nights, through New Year's Eve. But his behavior is so odd that Kenji begins to entertain a horrible suspicion — that his new client is in fact the serial killer currently terrorizing Tokyo. It isn't until the second night, however, in a shocking scene that will 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.

"Synopsis" by , Tokyo tour guide Kenji takes on Frank--a great white whale of an American tourist--and soon begins to suspect that he might be the serial killer that is terrorizing the city. Full of dark humor and suspense, this book takes readers on a wild ride through the underbelly of Tokyo compliments of the legendary Ryu Murakami.
"Synopsis" by , 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...

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