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Coin Locker Babies by Ryū Murakami

Hit the right note, that is. While Kiku is in prison, Hashi’s music career grows, but he starts going mad from the stress, eventually trying to kill Neva to try and hear the sound he heard as a child. Best known for publishing intelligent European classics, like Stefan Zweig see this post and Antal Szerb, these books by Murakami suggest that Pushkin is branching out to the rest of the world.

They don’t seem to care much about other people, and Murakami’s insane side characters are far more interesting.

Both of their obsessions – Hashi’s with sound and Kiku’s with his mother, only throw them deeper into their madness until they are barely relateable as human any longer. Both abandoned by heir mothers in bus station coin lockers as infants, the two are discovered and sent to the same orphanage, where they become inseparable. She is surprised that no one is comforting him, and asks him where his father is.


Coin Locker Babies

It’s all very complicated, and at parts becomes too much to handle. Lassie found little orphan Timmy in the well. In other words, a good match for a summer day that’s just hot enough to prevent critical thinking from rearing its ugly, critical head.

Paperbackpages. With such capable Japanese translators out there, it makes me wonder why Alfred Birnbaum’s name appears on so many translated Japanese novels.

I should have listened to the movie stars crying. Here is one that comes near the beginning, when the two main characters — Kiku and Hashi — discover an abandoned mining town: They are adopted by the same family.

Although desperate to find their mothers who abandoned them, they seem to have little involvement with their environment. Way to go, buddy. Their good fortune extends to being adopted by a perfectly sane, nice couple who live on an island. View all 4 comments. Of Murakami’s novels, I see this as being his current masterpiece. It’s mostly just borderline weird and dystopian and kind of unfocused.

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Tony’s Reading List: ‘Coin Locker Babies’ by Ryu Murakami (Review)

Jan 28, Jason rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s a funny, apocalyptic romp from a writer whose life philosophy is a paradoxical mix of just go with it and burn, baby, burn. Coin Locker Coib beat me by several years.


Apr 21, Hanaa rated it it was ryh Shelves: Kiku and Hashi never manage to leave their coin lockers behind. Watch the action as they both grow up to be murderers, all garnished with a healthy dollop of environmental decay and destruction. Two broken individuals reflecting Toxitown reflecting society.

Tonight, let This is it: You can leave a responseor trackback from your own site. When the book starts with words “the woman started sucking baby’s penis and it was smaller than cigarettes that she was smoking Sorry, but your browser needs Javascript to use this site. Hookers, teenage hustlers, run-of-the-mill drugs, weird sex, a pet alligator, more weird sex, self-mutilation, addiction, experimental top secret drugs, clunky POV shifts, insanity, anarchy, a rock star whose voice causes nausea, and some more sex.

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The ‘new’ voice … clings to you like a coating of oily sludge that refuses to be washed away in even the longest, hottest shower.


Kuwayama was rubbing his eyes. View all 19 comments. They went back to the hotel exhausted.

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