In The Miso Soup

by Ryu Murakami | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 014303569x Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingperryfranwing of Elk Grove, California USA on 10/16/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Monday, October 16, 2017
Amazon Editorial Review

From postmodern Renaissance man Ryu Murakami, master of the psychothriller and director of Tokyo Decadence, comes this hair-raising roller-coaster ride through the nefarious neon-lit world of Tokyo’s sex industry. In the Miso Soup tells of Frank, an overweight American tourist who has hired Kenji to take him on a guided tour of Tokyo’s sleazy nightlife. 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 is not 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.

Reserved for Firegirl as a wishlist tag.

Journal Entry 2 by wingperryfranwing at Elk Grove, California USA on Saturday, October 21, 2017
Several years ago, I read Murakami's AUDITION, a very disturbing story about a young woman with a troubling past. After reading it, I happened upon a copy of Miso Soup at a thrift store and decided to read it as well. However, it has been sitting on my shelf for several years unread. I finally got around to reading it and it was just as disturbing, if not more so, than AUDITION. It's the story of a young Japanese man, Kenji, who has a business showing tourists around Tokyo's red-light district. He is hired by an overweight American tourist named Frank for three nights touring the sleazy areas of Tokyo just before New Year's. But soon after Kenji meets Frank, he becomes suspicious of his lies and behavior and thinks he might be a serial killer who is currently terrorizing the city. As Kenji and Frank tour various types of clubs and peep shows, Kenji becomes more and more sure that Frank is the killer. Be forewarned that the book contains some very graphic gore and violence but it also includes themes of how foreigners cope in other countries, sex, and how people relate to one another and ultimately delves into the mind of a very psychotic killer.

Journal Entry 3 by wingperryfranwing at Wishlist RABCK, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, October 21, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (10/21/2017 UTC) at Wishlist RABCK, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases


Sending to Firegirl in VA...a wishlist tag.

Journal Entry 4 by Firegirl at Annandale, Virginia USA on Wednesday, November 01, 2017
Arrived safe and sound. Thank you!

Journal Entry 5 by Firegirl at Annandale, Virginia USA on Friday, January 05, 2018
I quite liked this. I don't know what prompted me to put it on my WL; I think it was a recommended read by someone. It's the story of a young Japanese sex-guide who escorts an American through Tokyo's red-light district. The days preceding and during the tour, several people turn up dead and the guide becomes convinced his client is the killer. It's a quick read that gives a glimpse into the sex industry of Tokyo - something I know very little about and now find myself rather curious about. Murakami's writing is tight and sharp, making this a powerful little story. Recommended for those who don't mind graphic gore and violence. It's definitely whetted my appetite for more by this author.

Thanks very much for sharing! I've touched base with another Bookcrosser to see if he's interested. This book may be off to Florida soon!

Journal Entry 6 by Firegirl at Little Free Library #13993 in Vienna, Virginia USA on Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (10/24/2018 UTC) at Little Free Library #13993 in Vienna, Virginia USA


Left in the Little Free Library. Happy travels, little book!

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