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A real shame that the editor couldn't cull a lot of it to make the book even better.
And the stylistic gimmicks the author uses to emphasize the foreignness of the Japanese language, culture and society very rapidly become tiresome in the extreme.
The book falls just short of 400 pages and if Peace had cut out all the repetition, he probably could have cut the page count to around 300.
What a great book. A mix of a good murder mystery with a good amount of William Falkner stream of consciousness and Jean Paul Sartre extensionalism.. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Evan
a Brit writer in his late thirties writing in the begining of the XXI century a first person narrative from the point of view of a middle aged Japanese detective who lived in the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Grigor
I found that the idea of this story of the detective trying to track down a serial killer in post war Tokyo a really interesting one and i had the seeds of being a really enjoyable... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mr Michael Quinn
Crime in the midst of defeat, hunger and devastation. How does a writer communicate the unmoving extremity and yes, Repetition of such a struggle? Read morePublished 14 months ago by Howard Vidaver
Unlike some of the other reviewers, I was able to get through this entire book, although it was a tough slog indeed. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Robert2413
.....thank goodness I got it from the library. A waste of a good story and historical backdrop. Written in a silly, irritating style. Best avoided.Published 20 months ago by metadata
As a British long term resident of Tokyo who has personal memories of the euphoria that greeted the end of World War II in England, and has lived through many of the years of... Read morePublished on September 2, 2012 by Roger D. Williams
As a member of the Army of Occupation in "Tokyo Year Zero", this novel brought back many memories of the conditions in that demolished city that year. Read morePublished on August 7, 2012 by Bob
Ugh. Our library recommended this book. I really tried- really, really tried. I was very excited by both the topic and the synopsis. But it was too difficult to get into. Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by September Girl