In the Miso Soup

In the Miso Soup It is just before New Year s Frank an overweight American tourist has hired Kenji to take him on a guided tour of Tokyo s sleazy nightlife on three successive evenings But Frank s behavior is so str
  • Title: In the Miso Soup
  • Author: Ryū Murakami Ralph McCarthy
  • ISBN: 9780143035695
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Paperback
  • It is just before New Year s Frank, an overweight American tourist, has hired Kenji to take him on a guided tour of Tokyo s sleazy nightlife on three successive evenings But Frank s behavior is so strange that Kenji begins to entertain a horrible suspicion that his new client is in fact the serial killer currently terrorizing the city It isn t until later, however, thaIt is just before New Year s Frank, an overweight American tourist, has hired Kenji to take him on a guided tour of Tokyo s sleazy nightlife on three successive evenings But Frank s behavior is so strange that Kenji begins to entertain a horrible suspicion that his new client is in fact the serial killer currently terrorizing the city It isn t until later, however, that Kenji learns exactly how much he has to fear and how irrevocably his encounter with this great white whale of an American will change his life.
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  • Ryū Murakami Ralph McCarthy

    Ry Murakami is a Japanese novelist and filmmaker He is not related to Haruki Murakami or Takashi Murakami.Murakami s first work, the short novel Almost Transparent Blue, written while he was still a student, deals with promiscuity and drug use among disaffected Japanese youth Critically acclaimed as a new style of literature, it won the newcomer s literature prize in 1976 despite some observers decrying it as decadent Later the same year, Blue won the Akutagawa Prize, going on to become a best seller In 1980, Murakami published the much longer novel Coin Locker Babies, again to critical acclaim.Takashi Miike s feature film Audition 1999 was based on one of his novels Murakami reportedly liked it so much he gave Miike his blessing to adapt Coin Locker Babies The screen play was worked on by director Jordan Galland However, Miike could not raise funding for the project An adaptation directed by Michele Civetta is currently in production.Murakami has played drums for a rock group called Coelacanth and hosted a TV talk show.


  • I had just turned twenty, and though my English is far from perfect I was working as a nightlife guide for foreign tourists Basically I specialize in what you might call sex tours, so it s not as if my English needs to flawless Since AIDS, the sex industry hasn t exactly welcomed foreigners with open arms in fact, most of the clubs are pretty blatant about refusing service to gaijin but lots of visitors from overseas are still determined to play, and they re the ones who pay me to guide them to [...]

  • 4.5 chilling, existential and misanthropic stars 9th Favorite Read of 2015 This book was given to me by my partner as I am waiting for Ms Alice Munro s Dear Life Stories from the library I was very wary when he gave this to me because I do not like gratuitous violence that leaves one feeling desensitized or empty.This little novel was so much though It was a foray into the interactions between a lost young Japanese Man and a middle aged American psychopath so intelligent and cunning as they exp [...]

  • Recommendation Read this in one sitting It s a very quick read with a pacing and construction very much of its own, best experienced without any long breaks I had the misfortune of taking a break just before a certain, uuhm, highlight , I guess you could call it, hurting the immersion a bit.What is this book about Fear Mostly fear, and how people respond to it There is a big amount of atmosphere setting as well, which is done brilliantly through the vivid descriptions of Tokyo s red light distri [...]

  • What the hell did I just read Digesting.Ok, I swallowed it.Are you ready to read something REEEALLY weird Check out these two quotes Killing people has always been absolutely essential for me to go on living I m a man who consciously commits murders and scares the hell out of people and makes them reconsider everything, so I m definitely malignant, yet I think I play a necessary role in this world In this weird ass story, there is one weird ass creepy American businessman tourist named Frank we [...]

  • Reading this novel is like going to McDonald, buying a Big Mac and finding a severed eyeball under the bun.Then putting the bun back on and eating it, eyeball and all What starts out as a sleazy, guilty pleasure of a pulp novel about an American tourist and his guide visiting the Tokyo pleasure palaces turns into a soup broth of over the top violence and nutty serial killer philosophy that makes Jeffrey Dahmer seem like the boy next door Yet In The Miso Soup remains riveting throughout its stran [...]

  • Another Murakami I thought you didn t like the Wind Up Bird thing.This is a different guy It must be like Smith or Patel over there.Two stars Not that good then Well nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnot really, but.s It could have been He lumbered himself with this boring serial killer oooh oooh Frank Booth in Blue Velvet nutcase when he should in your humble opinion yes, yes, all this stuff in my HUMBLE opinion, I m not the arbiter of recentish Japanese novels, I ve read exactly three all right, no need to get [...]

  • Like a hot knife through butter this was a quick and easy read over a couple of nights that left me with a seriously uncomfortable and queasy feel, and what it lacked in length was certainly made up for by a foreboding atmosphere of neon noir dread Set predominantly in the seedy backstreets of night time Tokyo it centers on twenty year old Kenji who works as a sex tour guide for tourists showing them the best strip joints, peep shows and love hotels on offer, for a few nights he is hired by an A [...]

  • The GR synopsis tells you all you need to know of the plot, so my review is for those who ve read that much, and are still on the fence about whether to read In The Miso Soup Consider this review a Ben Franklin checklist from which you can total the scores on each side of your personal reading ledger, and make that call for yourself.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 nov [...]

  • This is an ugly book full of ugly things Ryu Murakami had a story to tell and he wasn t going to flinch from the hard parts Certain sections are unbelievable, but what he does get right he nails I was affected by this on a deep level I ve long been desensitized to brutal violence, so it takes a special brand of horror to disturb me Murakami did just that I cannot speak to how well written the novel is because I don t read Japanese, therefore I cannot give credit to Murakami as a writer I can say [...]

  • Kenji is a young guy who makes his money by giving visitors of a certain umm, ilk, shall we say, tours of Tokyo s sex industry His latest client is a chubby American named Frank Frank wants to see all the sights and have all the sex, all of which is nothing unusual, but Kenji quickly realizes there is something a bit off about dead eyed Frank And it s probably not a coincidence that dead bodies start turning up as soon as Frank comes to visit Night one is slightly strange but when Kenji finds w [...]

  • I ve always thought there was something to be said about the strange fascination that American and Japanese culture share with one another Maybe one of my peers, guilty too of shamelessly mythologizing the East since we Americans are without the millennial long view of a mythology, or rather what myths there were to be had those first settlers rubbed out with the natives will put together the defining treatise on the matter If so in my lifetime, then that author already has themselves one reader [...]

  • In the Miso Soup follows the 20 year old tour guide Kenji in the nights leading up to New Year s as he shows Japan s sex district to an American tourist who happens to be a pathological liar and may be responsible for the grisly murder and cutting up in bits of a school age prostitute yes, your favorite kind Unlike other page turners, In the Miso Soup creates a story that never comes at the cost of character Murakami has an impressive ability to convey individuals through a select number of deta [...]

  • In The Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami is not the kind of book that you bring home to meet your parents It is lurid It is frightening It is unpredictable Murakami plucked ordinary words out of nowhere and arranged them into a simple, matter of fact horror Like a smiling child with a box of crayons, humming the Dora the Explorer theme song, then showing you a crudely drawn crime scene with headless chickens and bloody axes and dead parents.It is a delicious read.Kenji has the slightly illegal job of gu [...]

  • Ok, this is the last Japanese book I m reading for a while Fuck me, this had me emailing my brother who lived in Japan for a year, asking him what the fuck is wrong with Japanese writers His answer Japan is all twisted, that s why I love it Heh Although this book offered much insight into Japanese culture than Kirino sOut A Novel, while also giving thoughtful and poignant perspectives on American culture, I just can t stand this bloodbath shit that s popped up in both of these novels, along wit [...]

  • As much of a GIANT SPOILER as the blurb is, still it doesn t really prepare you for In the Miso Soup Don t confuse this author with Haruki Murakami, or you may be in for a surprise Their styles are very different, and Ryu Murakami s tends to be much candid and violent Surreal and pitch dark, this novella gets written off as being only about the gore, or even trashy, and it doesn t deserve that Yes, the graphic scenes are intense particularly the nauseating omiai pub scene near the end , but the [...]

  • I write novels in my spare time well, I ve written one that s finished, and a pretty decent draft of a second one you won t get any annoying updates from me though, there s plenty of that abound, and I ll be really careful to find the right audience and not bother anyone else 1 Okay, it s been said somewhere, good 2.What s my point though Well you can totally write about anything I know you know this, but ANYTHING Short stories about an alcoholic teacup Microscopic space opera These totally geni [...]

  • O autor consegue ficar a meio caminho do que eu esperava obter com este livro, mas ainda assim uma obra que nos obriga a alguma reflex o.Kenji o guia de Frank, mas tamb m o nosso guia neste submundo de T quio habilmente apresentado atrav s de Kenji que nos chegam muitas sensa es , muitos desconfortos, muita deriva de pessoas que procuram uma cura milagrosa para a solid o O que encontram apenas mais solid o E o que descobrem que s o legi o.Frank, o Americano em T quio, busca sexo, excita o, perve [...]

  • Beautifully written, unsettling, disturbing, and unforgettable Loneliness is a major theme throughout In the Miso Soup Loneliness of Japanese and American culture is looked at through the eyes of Kenji and Frank a pair who form an odd, and jarring bond that pulls you into the story Kenji takes Frank an American tourist on a guided tour through Tokyo s nightlife and sex industry, only for Kenji to begin to suspect Frank of murdering a high school student As per usual with Ryu Murakami, there s al [...]

  • A Tokyo tour guide gets requested for a tour by an American and it seems it s one job he wishes he did not take up as the new year closely approaches.The prose is ordinary, story picks up momentum halfway and theres few pages where things get gory but large part spent in seedy streets and bars of Tokyo You also get to learn bit about Japanese culture I felt the end was stopped short that really left me bit disappointed with the story Miso soup Yeah I m really interested in miso soup I ordered it [...]

  • If you cut out about 10 to 20% of this book, my review would probably be higher In the Miso Soup is the disturbing, paranoid tale of Kenji, whose job is to show tourists looking for the kind of entertainment Tokyo s dirty back streets and sex trade provide He s been hired by Frank to show him where to have a good time Kenji is passive, unambitious and kind of annoying Frank is a monster.The book succeeds in creating a pervasive, inescapable sense of dread, as Kenji becomes and convinced his cl [...]

  • This is a really interesting thriller Not at all what I had expected, and the last third definitely saved this book from a lower score Definitely not for the weak stomached because of extremely graphic violence This is a book about a Japanese man guiding an American into the seedy underbelly of Japan s commercial district, Shinjuku, also known as Kabukicho and Murakami provides a much cynical perspective on both Japanese and American cultures than you normally see in Japanese fiction More than [...]

  • I remember reading this book many years ago, back when I was living in France Despite its content, it didn t stop me from moving to Tokyo In the Miso Soup is very graphic, violent, and at times downright scary The kind of book that makes you want to take a shower after finishing it That said, I absolutely loved it The writing is excellent, and the description of Tokyo s red light district Kabukicho is still very vivid in my mind But the real strength of the books lies in the relationship between [...]

  • So scary, creepy crawly flesh tingling, ickily real scary I don t know anyone I would recommend this graphic of book to, but if you like, say, Sin City or gory chop em up flicks, this might be the book for you Be warned, you won t be able to put it down, until you see murders happen behind your eyelids when you aren t even reading Excellent.

  • Too strange to try and describe, but if you like weird psychological insights into psychos with a bit of gore thrown in the mix, then you might like it.

  • it was a darned peculiar kind of soup, the smell it had and everything, so I didn t eat it, but it intrigued me It had that funny brown color and smelled kind of like human sweat, but it also looked delicate and refined somehow I came to this country hoping to find out what the people who eat that soup on a daily basis might be like I feel the same Yes i do Oh Japan The land of all that is wonderful, exciting, creepy and gory.The graphic violence in this is just plain gross and horrifying, so mu [...]

  • Japan is a nation of extremes Why does one of the richest nations on the planet have citizens who literally work themselves to death Why do so many well to do Japanese teenagers turn to prostitution How did Japan s intensely polite, buttoned down society spawn one of the largest, most varied sex industries in the world In the Miso Soup is a slim volume by Ryu Murakami that tries to grapple with the Big Questions, even as it presents a satisfying mystery It concerns Kenji, a twenty something slac [...]

  • Is this book a meditative study on the human imagination The longing for acknowledgement of one s existence Whatever it is, In The Miso Soup is one of the most visceral and cerebral books you ll ever read Ry Murakami combines philosophical nihilism, existentialism, surrealism, disillusion and black comedy to craft an overwhelmingly disturbing and thoughtful novel.

  • This book was five stars for me until the last two pages The ending has me quite confused Good read regardless of the ending.

  • I maybe enjoyed the first half of this, but my god, once it got to the turning point of the story I was too grossed out This was probably one of the most disgusting books I ve ever read.

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