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Parade [Kindle Edition]

Shuichi Yoshida
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Four twenty-somethings share an apartment in Tokyo. In Parade each tells their story: their lives, their hopes and fears, their loves, their secrets.



Kotomi waits by the phone for a boyfriend who never calls. Ryosuke wants someone that he can’t have. Mirai spends her days drawing and her nights hanging out in gay bars. Naoki works for a film company, and everyone treats him like an elder brother. Then Satoru turns up. He’s eighteen, homeless, and does night work of a very particular type.



In the next-door apartment something disturbing is going on. And outside, in the streets around their apartment block, there is violence in the air. From the writer of the cult classic Villain, Parade is a tense, disturbing, thrilling tale of life in the city.



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"A sharply observed slice of urban alienation" (Laura Wilson Guardian)

"Imagine if Friends had ended with the revelation that Chandler was a psychopath – and that Joey, Monica, Ross, Phoebe and Rachel weren't bothered by it. Yoshida locates horror less in violence than in the kind of atomisation that would permit it" (Yo Zushi New Statesman)

"Unsettling, prosaic, effortlessly profound… Yoshida creates a Tokyo both mundane and chilling, a metropolis not of neon and punk but of small rooms in which people who live with each other may as well just be passengers on a subway train, marking time until a stop that never comes" (Stephen Joyce Nudge)

"Startling... It is a fascinating story of how five people can co-exist, written in each character's own words... The unexpected, if almost inevitable conclusion brings things to a brilliant end" (UK Press Syndication)

"A brilliant book" (UK Press Syndication)

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This is Tokyo as you have never seen it before. A masterpiece of tension from the author of the cult classic Villain

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1230 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307454932
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GIV5JYW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,777 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Parade--Shuichi Yoshida 23 Mar. 2014
By Simon Clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This novel was written before Yoshida's previously published excellent
novel 'Villain', but has only now been published in English.
Five people ,aged between 18-28,share a flat in Tokyo.They each take a
turn narrating events in their lives ,and the apartment.,whilst something
strange is happening in the adjoining dwelling.
This is not so much a crime novel,rather a study in urban alienation,lack
of purpose and disconnectedness.
The paucity of plot is counterbalanced by fine writing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strangely discombobulating... 24 Mar. 2014
By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
Four young people are sharing a small flat in Tokyo, each having drifted there in a casual, unplanned way. Forced into a kind of physical intimacy by this living arrangement, each remains emotionally isolated and, as we discover, damaged to varying degrees by their pasts. Naoki is the eldest and something of a big brother figure to the rest - he originally shared the flat with his girlfriend, who left him for an older man but still pops back to visit and stay in the flat on occasion. Mirai works hard and plays hard, spending her evenings getting drunk in gay bars. Kotomi stays home all day watching TV and waiting for her soap-star boyfriend to ring. Ryosuke is a student and as we meet him he has just fallen in love with the girlfriend of his older friend and mentor. Then one morning a fifth arrives, Satoru - no-one really knows who invited him but in this casual set-up he soon becomes accepted as another flatmate, even though no-one is quite sure who he is or what he does when he works late at night.

Although this is billed as a crime thriller, it really falls much more into the category of literary fiction. There is a crime element but it's almost entirely in the background for most of the book. There's not much plot as such - this is more an examination of the somewhat empty and alienated lives of these young people. Each section of the book is narrated by a different character, so we get to see what they each think of the others and also to find out a bit about what has brought them here and made them who they are.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Parade 6 Mar. 2014
By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the second novel by Shuichi Yoshida which has been translated into English, following his hugely successful literary thriller, “Villain.” Parade looks at the lives of several young people who share an apartment in Tokyo. There is twenty one year old student, Ryosuke Sugimoto, unemployed twenty three year old Kotomi Okochi, who spends her time waiting for her boyfriend to phone, twenty four year old Mirai Soma, who manages a store, longs to become a successful illustrator and drinks too much and the eldest, twenty eight year old Naoki Uhara, who works for an independent film distributor. This book examines their past, lives and dreams as they each tell their story.

The apartment block the four live in is meant to be for young married couples, so they are wary of complaining about apartment 402, which they suspect of being involved in illegal activity. As well as concerns about their neighbours, they are aware of violent attacks happening to women locally. Then they are joined by a young boy, eighteen year old Satoru Kokubo. Nobody at first seems sure who he is or who invited him to stay, but he is gradually accepted by “these-people-playing-at-being-friends.” Gradually, Satoru changes the delicate balance which has existed within these almost random group of housemates and his story intertwines with theirs. Why is such a young boy living on the streets and how does he earn his living?

Although there are undercurrents of a crime story, this is really more a portrait of a place and the people living there. These are all young people who live in the city of Tokyo, and who have been brought together almost by random events. It is about anonymity, friendship, family and alienation amongst young people.
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Like Villain, Parade was not at all what I was expecting, perhaps because of the synopsis provided. It's not a tense thriller at all, just like Villain isn't, but rather an odd but intriguing character study of a small group of people, around whom some odd, scarier things are sort of on the periphery. Of the five characters the book jumps between, some are better than others, Satoru and Koto being the standouts, but the vague, stretched out chronology and off kilter characters totally draw you in. Definitely worth reading, just ignore the blurb on the book.
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