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One for the Murakami fans,
This review is from: Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche (Paperback)
Admittedly I have a hit and miss affair with Murakami; loves Sputnik Sweatheart, Norwegian Wood but found some of his more core work harder to access. This book is pretty easy to access but I think that anyone coming to Murakami for the first time may be disappointed.
As mentioned by other reviewers this is an ambitious and honourable book and full credit goes to Murakami for taking the time and effort to document a global event that is very hard to talk about with the actual victims.
Unfortunately, for me, I did find this book a bit too repetitive. I did like how the stories tied into one another but after a while I found that the formula (of details about the person, then an account of their experience) wasn't quite working for me. I think, for me, it was lacking some level of depth, but in saying this I completely acknowledged that it would have been very hard to get much depth, given the Japanese psych.
The second half, featuring Aum members is quite interesting but this is quite ironic given that the author set out to write a book about the victims' experiences. I think Murakami fans will like this book most.