on 17 June 2016
If you have never read Ryu Murakami before then you are in for a treat and fear not, his work more than lives up to the standard set by his fellow Japanese namesake. Although originally published in Japan back in 1980 this book still remains fresh and relevant in 2016. He writes beautifully and this is a thumping great epic of a read!
This book is the product of a highly inventive and fertile imagination. When it’s not heart warmingly surreal it’s delving deep into the murky underbelly of the mind. At times we are swept into a twisted, playful, violent, cruel and tender world but it never strays into that incomprehensible sci-fi mumbo jumbo that so many lesser writers lapse into, instead it always remains accessible, literary, mysterious and entertaining shifting from dark horror to the outright slapstick but never losing the tone, pace or mood.
Bursting with memorable characters and unforgettable scenes, this is a truly exhilarating odyssey that veers from a sleepy remote island in decline to a seedy, neon drenched underworld into the mainstream of Tokyo. It’s not just the story of coin locker babies, it’s a story bustling with crazed adventures featuring a rock star, a prisoner, a model and a pet crocodile and a mysterious substance?...Credit must also go to Stephen Snyder who did such a fine translation, it couldn’t have been easy translating over 500 pages from Japanese into English.