Search Results: "Ryu Murakami"


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IN THE MISO SOUP by Ryu Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"A blistering portrait of contemporary Japan, its nihilism and decadence wrapped up within one of the most savage thrillers since The Silence of the Lambs. Shocking but gripping."
Hipster Murakami (Coin Locker Babies, 1995, etc.) follows a sex tour guide through the sleazy demimonde of Tokyo's worst streets during three nights on the town with a serial killer. Read full book review >

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69 by Ryu Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"It never gets the pulse pounding, but it's diverting—with a refreshingly intelligent and unstereotypical heroine."
Reminiscent of A.S. Byatt's Possession, though less lofty, Michaels's latest (Vanish With the Rose, etc.) sets a feminist literary scholar chasing after the origins of an 18th-century manuscript on a Virginia estate—and finding unexpected romance along the way. Read full book review >

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COIN LOCKER BABIES by Ryu Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1995

"Snyder's agile translation preserves much of the shock, beauty, and pathos in this apocalyptic minisaga of troubled times."
A scholar of drugs, speed, violence, gore, and Tokyo's teenage underground, writer/filmmaker Murakami (69, 1993, etc.) weighs in with a new novel that ably encapsulates the fin de siäcle cultural detonation of Japanese youth. Read full book review >

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PIERCING by Ryu Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"Eventually runs out of steam."
Two strangers scarred by childhood abuse seek release and relief in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse: the latest postcard from the edge by noir-ish Japanese novelist and filmmaker Murakami (In the Miso Soup, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE ELEPHANT VANISHES by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 1993

"Remarkable evocations of a postmodernist world, superficially indifferent but transformed by Murakami's talent into a place suffused with a yearning for meaning."
A seamless melding of Japanese cultural nuances with universal themes—in a virtuoso story collection from rising literary star Murakami (A Wild Sheep Chase, 1989; Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, 1991). Read full book review >

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HARD-BOILED WONDERLAND AND THE END OF THE WORLD by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"One of those rare postmodern novels that is as intellectually profound as stylistically accomplished, by a writer with a bold and original vision."
Winner of the Tanizaki Literary prize (the Japanese equivalent of the Pulitzer), by acclaimed young Japanese novelist Murakami: a stunning combination of the contemporary and brash with elegiac allegory, all topped off by a strong measure of cyberpunk. Read full book review >

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THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 1997

"On a canvas stretched from Manchuria to Malta, and with sound effects from strange birdcalls to sleigh bells in cyberspace, this is a fully mature, engrossing tale of individual and national destinies entwined. It will be hard to surpass."
Not merely a big book from the broadly respected Murakami (Dance Dance Dance, 1994, etc.), but a major work bringing signature themes of alienation, dislocation, and nameless fears through the saga of a gentle man forced to trade the familiar for the utterly unknown. Read full book review >

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999 TADPOLES by Ken Kimura
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2011

"This well-paced journey, with just enough tension to keep young listeners engaged, will be a solid storytime choice. (Picture book. 3-7) "
Having outgrown their pond, a frog family moves out, crossing a field where they meet a scary snake and then a hungry hawk that unwittingly flies them to a perfect home. Read full book review >

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WIND/PINBALL by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2015

"Not as well-developed as the later books, and mostly for completists. Still, it's interesting to see hints of the masterly novels to come in these slender, pessimistic tales."
Two linked early novels from the prolific Murakami (Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >

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WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING by Haruki Murakami
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Though the insights don't resonate on the level of his novels, as always Murakami employs his artful, lucid prose to good effect."
The celebrated novelist contemplates one of his favorite pastimes. Read full book review >

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COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE by Haruki Murakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Another tour de force from Japan's greatest living novelist."
Murakami (IQ84, 2011, etc.) turns in a trademark story that blends the commonplace with the nightmarish in a Japan full of hollow men. Read full book review >

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NICHIREN by Masahiko Murakami
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An intriguing imagining that is both edifying and enlightening and that makes an ancient figure easily accessible to a modern audience. (Graphic historical fiction. 13 & up)"
A graphic-novel treatment of the life and Buddhist teachings of Nichiren, a real-life 13th-century Japanese priest. Read full book review >