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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical (July 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934287210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934287217
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,671,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Lala Pipo deftly mixes satire with farce, comedy with tragedy, and eroticism with social commentary. At times, the book reads like a fusion of The Usual Suspects and Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s “In a Grove”... The subject matter is not used for titillation and is not pornography, per se. Hideo Okuda gives us a fresh approach to the sleazy side of Tokyo, showing us the seedy parts of Shibuya beyond the shopping centers. Lala Pipo is a well-written, humorous and timely book.” —The Japan Times

“These human monsters, it turns out, could be as American as you or I, and their secret lives look distressingly familiar. Okuda successfully taps into the creep inside us all.” —The Stranger (Seattle)

"Spattered with all-engrossing, and admittedly often arousing, graphic tales of sexual exploits throughout, Lala Pipo proves a very dirty, gritty, underground tale of something very very real."--Kotori Magazine
“For this sort of thing, really quite good.”—The Complete Review

"There are no likable characters to be found here, but their horrible lives and the disastrous decisions are what keep the plot moving and the reader ensnared." --The Book Zombie

"For people who think literature shouldn't shy away from dealing with the sexual relationships between people Lala Pipo is worth checking out. I found it to be a well written, engaging and entertaining book."
--Gkleinman, Library Thing Review

"This book is a lot of dark and sexy fun. It reminded me of one of my favorite films, "Requiem for a Dream" but had a bit more of a sense of humor, and was about sexuality, not drug addiction." --John Thomas, Mecha Mecha Media

About the Author

Hideo Okuda was born in 1959. His first novel was published in 1998 after he worked as a magazine editor, planner, and copywriter. He is now one of the most popular authors of entertainment novels in Japan, known for his comical portrayals of people at all levels of society.

In 2002, he won the Oyabu Haruhiko Award for hardboiled and adventure novels for JAMA (Annoyance), and in 2004, he won the Naoki Prize (Japanese equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize) for Kuchu Buranko (The Flying Trapeze).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Samuel C. Newhouse on July 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book really changed my life. It gave me a whole new perspective on the relationship between Japanese and American culture. In such a thoroughly postmodern novel, which emphasizes misinterpretation and misunderstanding between different sections of humanity, we see a fascinating portrayal of the forces that push and pull on people and in fact, organize entire societies. Reminded me of the work of one of my favorite Japanese novelists, Riyu Murakami. In the end, "Lala Pipo" or "A Lot of People" evolves into a disorderly celebration of humanity. Fabulous translation job, as well.

Buy it - it will open your eyes and give you plenty to think about!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Kleinman VINE VOICE on September 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
Lala Pipo is a very dirty book. It's got a strange fascination with the entanglement of ordinary people and extraordinarily perverted sex. But Lala Pipo isn't a pornographic book per se, it's intent is more to explore than excite. Told in a series of interweaving stories Lala Pipo follows several very lonely people as they try to connect to the world around them. Their intersection with others often happens sexually and almost always has an unhappy ending.

Author Hideo Okuda does a fantastic job of weaving these short stories into a cohesive whole. Rather than a book of six short stories Lala Pipo is a complete novel where each character gets their own complete storyline and several events are seen from more than one perspective.

If you're easily offended by sexuality then obviously Lala Pipo won't be for you, but for people who think literature shouldn't shy away from dealing with the sexual relationships between people Lala Pipo is worth checking out. I found it to be a well written, engaging and entertaining book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Poirier on November 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've always been bothered by the myth that Japanese are unemotional robots. They don't give in to public displays of emotions but that's because they prefer to show reserve. Wearing one's heart on one's sleeve is deemed immature here but that doesn't mean Japanese people don't have a heart bursting with hope and despair and the two books reviewed below show this.

DESPAIR: A review of Lala Pipo

Lala Pipo follows six people living near the Shibuya district of Tokyo. They are losers, plain and simple; they seek to fill the emptiness of their lives with loveless sex. They don't even crave sex as a sport, they crave it as a means to happiness.

We follow a young recluse who can't relate to people who has a porn scout living in the apartment above his and is ashamed that he can only get a fat girlfriend. The novel then shifts to the porn scout as approaches girls to place them in hostess bars getting a cut of their pay, hoping to get one who'll agree to do porn so that he can get a cut of that. Next we follow one of the porn stars he manages, a 43 year old woman who is totally disconnected from her family and in despair gets a neighbor to set fire to her house. We then follow the arsonist, a poor unassertive young man who works in a karaoke bar that doubles up as a brothel. We then follow a brothel patron, a prolific writer of erotic novels. He is prolific because he dictates his novels and has the tapes professionally transcribed. He aspires to write literature but instead meets his middle age crisis by paying for sex with high school girls. The novel loops to a close with the story of Sayuri, the girl who transcribes the writer's tapes, and who turns out to be the fat girlfriend of the first chapter's recluse.
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