"A light, rollicking, sometimes hilarious, but never sentimental picture of late-sixties Japan"
"A great deal of fun, and Murakami ... is a find."
Los Angeles Times
"The hero is a thoroughly engaging smartass."
"A superb and very funny bluffer, and one sympathizes with him all the way."
World Literature Today
"Full of humor ... sheer entertainment.
About the Author
Whether writing novels, directing films or playing drums in a rock band, RYU MURAKAMI has remained on the cutting edge of popular culture in Japan. He is the recipient of some of the country's most prestigious awards, including the Akutagawa Prize in 1976 for his debut novel, Almost Transparent Blue, which has gone on to sell over two million copies worldwide; and the Yomiuri Literary Award in 1998 for In the Miso Soup, published by Kodansha in hardcover in the United States in 2003, with a trade paperback edition coming from Penguin in 2006. In 1992, Murakami wrote and directed the film "Tokyo Decadence," which had its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. He also wrote and directed the film version of Sixty-Nine (2004), available on DVD in English. A movie of Coin Locker Babies is scheduled for a 2006/07 release, with a screenplay by Sean Lennon and starring Val Kilmer.