Ring Hardcover – 7 Jun 2004
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‘The pace doesn't slacken for a moment … a guaranteed page-turner’ Observer
‘Suzuki builds tension brilliantly’ Guardian
‘Bristles with menace and fear’ Uncut
‘The translation is wonderful, the spare and sleek prose making for an easy read, while the dark currents of the story build up to a mind-boggling climax’ Outland
Doomed to die. One way out. One week to find it.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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'Ring' is the story of Asakawa, a journalist, who investigates the sudden, inexplicable death of his niece after discovering that three other teenagers died just as mysteriously at precisely the same time. The only link between them is the video they all watched one week earlier.
I enjoyed the book very much and, as a fan of the story as told in film, found it very interesting. However anyone buying the book because they enjoyed the films should know that the book has a very different feel than the films and some of the best moments in the films are nowhere to be found in the book. This said the book gives you a much fuller view of the story and gives real depth to the characters. The translation is very good and captures some of the atmosphere of the tale but, in my opinion, like many translated books, lacks flair.
As much as I enjoyed The Ring starring Naomi Watts a decade ago, I must say in the original book has hidden depths and detail that was somewhat dumbed down to give the film mass market allure. In this English translated Japanese version I found a much more compelling premise in this first part of the Ring trilogy. There are a few clumsy sentences as the translation is kept close to Japanese original but they can be overlooked as so much more is offered in return. Instead of Samara, we have Sadako about whom we learn more surprising detail but like the film, this first part leaves me wanting to read more.
Just one issue - there is a bizarre, seemingly unrelated to the main plot, minor side story about rape that is covered with astonishing insensitivity. It nearly made me put the book down. This is one aspect of the book the film adaptations, wisely, left well alone. And costs the book a star for this reviewer.
To anyone who's a fan of the original Japanese films, I'd recommend the book. The films are very true to the book, but there is also a lot in the book that isn't included in the film series (e.g. the fact that in the book, Asakawa is male...). It's an excellent read, and a must-have for any Ring fan especially, but I'd recommend it to anyone.
Don't go straight for the book if you've only seen the American film. The book is not at all similar, so it could be a bit hard to understand. I recommend watching atleast the original "Ringu" first. I myself watched all of the films before reading the book, and it made it much easier to read, and more enjoyable. What can I say... I'm just a huge Ring fan!
The suspense levels in this book grew nicely for me, as each day passed and the lead characters seemed to be no nearer solving the riddle. Certainly an original idea, I do not think you will guess the outcome of this one (unless you have been told beforehand, or seen the film). I am now hooked onto the trilogy, and looking forwarding to re-engaging with the curse in 'Spiral'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent book. If people are expecting it to be identical to the move they will be disappointed. I encourage them to read it because it has so much more context.Published 5 months ago by Miss Angela Stasiak
I enjoyed the beginning of this book better than the end which was actually a bit of an anti-climax. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kath Page
Not the best book in terms of language and structure, but I think it was translated by someone other than the original author? That would explain why. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Greeny
Loved the original ringu film by Hideo Nakata, just got round to reading this and loved it too. Whilst the overarching story is the same, the plot and characters are actually... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Tim Widden
I picked up this book after enjoying the Japanese film series. The book has a good pace and doesn't drag in the slightest. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Paul Best
Having seen both the original "ringu" movie long before it's trashy remake, I was keen to read the source material. Read morePublished on 15 July 2014 by leigh matsell
Loved the Japanese film, and wanted to read the book. It's a good book to read, as it shows what hasn't been included from the book. A great book from Koji Suzuki.Published on 4 July 2014 by Vanessa Alessio
Far superior to the movies in everyway, nicely kept together thriller with little jump scares, a la the movie. Recommended read.Published on 20 May 2014 by okaydokey.UK.dot