: In the Miso Soup (): Ryu Murakami, Ralph McCarthy: Books. Murakami plays with space and culture, shedding light on the lack of personal space by drawing the reader into the claustrophobic world of the story’s narrator, . A review, and links to other information about and reviews of In the Miso Soup by Murakami Ryu.

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I came to this country hoping to find out what the people who eat that soup on a daily basis might be like. And yet the darkness at the heart of In the Miso Soup stays with the reader long after the book is finished and Murakami makes his readers as complicit as Kenji in their desire to understand why Frank is the way he is.

Don’t confuse this author with Haruki Murakami, or you may be in for a surprise. He’s so unpredictable and soullessly casual about everything, and misoo seems alien in mannerism.

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Having won a prestigious national award for his first book, Almost Transparent BlueMurakami gained the position to write a series of novels that in various shades detailed Japanese life on the fringes, at times affectionately, and at others savagely. Good lord who would want to do that!!! Japan is a nation of extremes. Also by Ryu Murakami: As if, by understanding, they too can avoid suffering the fate of those who discover they are not and never will be Frank’s new best friend.

Filled with graphic gore, violence and much theoretical comparison between the cultures of America and Japan, this shocking work of fiction is not for everyone. This is an ugly book full of ugly things. After That’s where the book lost one star for me, but it’s still very good.


Jun 09, Ashita Thakur rated it really liked it Shelves: Kenji has the slightly illegal job of guiding tourists through Japan’s underground night life.

This singularity makes Kenji a compelling, believable narrator, as well as allowing Murakami to hammer home the confined spaces of the story, and it makes for a ln, frantic read. Murakami only takes the audience directly into one scene of violence in the story, describing in surreal, morbidly clear detail a moment where Frank unleashes himself onto a small club, but it’s enough to impact everything else in the book, letting the sinister atmosphere carry the moso of the story.

The Best World Music of Frank, if that is even his real name, is one of the most horrifying characters I have ever been exposed to in modern literature.

So scary, creepy-crawly flesh tingling, ickily real scary. Murakami reportedly liked it so much he gave Miike his blessing to adapt Coin Locker Babies. It’s pretty powerfully written for a horror.

View all 17 comments. The descriptions of Kenji and Frank’s nights out — which take up most of the novel — do have their moments. Just to say that this is a very immersive narrative.

In the Miso Soup by Ryƫ Murakami

He lets the tension build like one of the better Alfred Hitchcock films. But before we get to that, my rating reflects two values that are in tension with one another – writing style, for which In The Miso Soup deserves a 5, and “did the novel work, as a whole”, for which In The Miso Soup deserves a 3.

But no matter how well-written a conversation or dialogue is excluding The Grand Inquisitor from The Brothers Karamazovif it is extended, the intensity and pace slows.

It won’t go in. Aside from that, this story is well rounded-off. If you read this, prepare yourself for some vile content and more than a handful of typos and missing words.


In The Miso Soup

While I always carry a book in my purse, this is the first time in a long time that I pulled it out for quick reads while walking through the skyway and waiting in line at Subway. Wherein I spoil the scene that bothered me so badly: The brevity of the book is ideal, the pacing excellent. In the Miso Soup is the disturbing, paranoid tale of Kenji, whose job is to show imso looking for the kind of entertainment Tokyo’s dirty back streets and sex trade provide.

This was creepy in all levels. It doesn’t fit with the rest of the story. Sure, the cutaways and the drawn-out grander social messages are distracting and unnecessary, but So obviously this is mso for everyone. On December 29 he receives a phone call from an American named Frank, who seeks three nights of his services.

Whatever it is, In The Miso Soup is one of the most visceral and cerebral books you’ll ever read.

The relationship between Kenji and Frank is an interesting one, but I felt that the violence was set aside from this odd friendship. In favor of reading it: That said, I absolutely loved it!

In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami – PopMatters

Murakmai, we’re drifting away from the topic here. Refresh and try again. For some reason these thoughts stirred up the unpleasant memory of that newspaper article, the murdered schoolgirl.

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