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In the Miso Soup (1997)

av Ryū Murakami

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1,3545310,706 (3.44)1 / 111
It's just before New Year, and Frank, an overweight American tourist, has hired Kenji to take him on a guided tour of Tokyo's nightlife. But Frank's behaviour is so odd that Kenji begins to entertain a horrible suspicion- his client may in fact have murderous desires. Although Kenji is far from innocent himself, he unwillingly descends with Frank into an inferno of evil, from which only his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Jun, can possibly save him.… (mer)
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almost puked. good stuff. ( )
  nazgumusluoglu | Jun 24, 2021 |
I'm honestly not sure how to feel about this book. On the surface, I enjoyed it. It was straight-up horror/suspense and well translated/written. The characters were engaging, if a little 2-D. That was okay. Lots of violence, but that's not surprising, it was a book about a serial killer.

There was something missing. I am not sure what it was. ( )
  authenticjoy | Nov 15, 2020 |
Although described as horror this rather odd little book is more a gentle stroll through the demented mind of one overweight American Frank, and his somewhat shady confidante Kenji. Together they frequent the late-night Tokyo drinking dens, and similar dubious establishments in order to fuel Frank’s increasingly odd behaviour. It is only as the night progresses that Kenji’s suspicion of his unconventional colleague become a reality, that the true intentions of Frank are exposed, and life for Kenji can never be the same again. For those familiar with the style of Haruki Murakami (Ryu Murakami is no relation) In the Miso Soup will prove to be a delightful read, but others may struggle with the unconventional story telling. ( )
  runner56 | Apr 30, 2020 |
Well, that escalated quickly.

Kenji is a young man who makes his living giving tours of Tokyo's red light districts to foreigners. Over the New Year weekend, a time when the Japanese are focused on quiet family celebrations and many clubs are closed, Kenji is hired by Frank, an American businessman. He needs the money, but Kenji finds Frank off-putting and the things Frank says put him on edge. He tries telling his girlfriend about Frank, but what does he have beyond vague suspicions and a distrust of someone who isn't Japanese?

The novel begins so subtly. Kenji works illegally in an area that exists outside the mainstream, so is it any wonder that the kind of man who would hire a personal guide to the legal and less-than-legal parts of Japan's sex industry seems unsavory? And Kenji's suspicions are so vague that it seemed this novel was going to explore Japanese xenophobia, especially given that many of the sex workers are not Japanese. And then Kenji meets Frank for their second night of sex tourism and, well, every single thing I had thought for the first third of the novel was turned on its head and things begin to happen.

This is noir with a hard edge and plenty of undercurrent. ( )
  RidgewayGirl | Apr 20, 2020 |
There is something fascinating about Ryu Murakami’s writing. He is so excessively morbid that it works. I see very few Japanese influences in his novels. Sure he critiques the society around him, but he partakes of very few of the subjects and issues you find in the pages of Soseki and Tanizaki. His language is tight and his material pointed social commentary.
The way he paints the inner demon in us all is vivid and grotesque and not easily forgotten.
If an author were judged by the morals of his characters Ryu would be considered a very sinister man indeed. I get the sense he has a singular purpose in his writing, that with all of his books he is trying to strain our suspension of disbelief as we encounter the monstrosities within our world. Less so than Popular Hits of the Showa Era he takes us on a roller coaster ride. Ryu Murakami reads best at night. He talks about the things you don’t bring into polite conversation. And the characters he uses, even between novels, don’t seem to care about your hang-ups. He’s a bold writer, a Japanese Ballard. Some of his plots play out like movies, especially the one-upmanship of Popular Hits of the Showa Era, but what you get is such detail that you can’t look away, such horror that you can’t stop reading – the type of scenario that Stephen King cooks up and can never quite pull off.
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  LSPopovich | Apr 8, 2020 |
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It's just before New Year, and Frank, an overweight American tourist, has hired Kenji to take him on a guided tour of Tokyo's nightlife. But Frank's behaviour is so odd that Kenji begins to entertain a horrible suspicion- his client may in fact have murderous desires. Although Kenji is far from innocent himself, he unwillingly descends with Frank into an inferno of evil, from which only his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Jun, can possibly save him.

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