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Strangers Paperback – January 20, 2005
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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And then one day he walks into a nightclub and encounters the spitting image of his father - who died decades before, but not only looks and acts exactly the same but seems to recognize Harada and see nothing unusual about their bumping into each other this way. And through his father he also meets with his mother, who also died decades before.Read more ›
And then there are his new acquaintances. The fragile, mysterious Kei, who lives in the same building he does and shows up at his door late one evening. And the man he meets in a darkened theatre near where he grew up, the man who bears a striking resemblance to Harada's father, dead since Harada was twelve.
When I first bought "Strangers," I saw that it was touted as a ghost story on the cover, and I was concerned that it would ruin the surprise in the story. Fortunately, I was mostly wrong. It's not an obvious ghost story at the beginning, but from the first few pages, when screenwriter Harada becomes aware that he is alone in his apartment building at night, it has the feel of a good ghost story. This is a feeling which is built upon as the story progresses, gradually and subtly. There are no "gotcha" moments, nothing which jumps out and declares itself as That Spooky Thing. This isn't a book about shambling zombies or ghosts coming to attack you out of the television. This is a story about creeping dread and the growing feeling that something, somewhere you can't quite see it, is just a little bit off.
In terms of execution, overall it comes off very well. Some of the dialogue may seem a little clunky (I suspect that this may be to do with the translation), but most of it works just fine.Read more ›
The ghosts disappear near the end and that is no more explained than was their appearance in the first place.In many stories that would be irritating.Here, it's no problem.The ghosts are mostly a vehicle for exploring the psyche of the main character.(But let me be clear , this is not ambiguous TURN OF THE SCREW territory.These are definitely ghosts).Ghost story lovers should appreciate the novels ingenuity.Yet , those who aren't can enjoy it as a good portrait of a lonely alienated man in contemporary urban Japan.
Whilst wandering through his old childhood home he visits a theatre and meets a man who looks exactly like his long-dead father with a wife who is the image of his equally long dead mother.
And so begins Harada's journey into the land of strangers, as he's drawn into a reality where his parents appear to be alive at the exact age they had been when they had died so many years before.
Is he living a dream? Are these people real? What is happening to him? A spooky ghost story with a modern twist, well worth a read.
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An excellent supernatural tale of loss, love and grief. Yamada excels at building a subtle story that portrays indirect emotional characterization within the main character,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wookie
This book Is one of my favorites. In the beginning is kinda of slow but It gets really good. I would recommend it to a friendPublished 13 months ago by katherine guerrero
This is a short book about a recently divorced script writer who finds himself living in his office building. Read morePublished 21 months ago by CBx
This books starts with a Japanese man named Harada in his third week of new bachelorhood after divorcing his wife. Harada writes screenplays for television. Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by elizabeth a shaw
I found this book to be engaging from the very first page and read it in one sitting unable to put it down. Read morePublished on March 24, 2010 by pd0c
Strangers was a fast read, enjoyable and well worth the time. It was a perfect in-between book and by that I mean after reading a good sized novel and needing to get a new one to... Read morePublished on January 29, 2010 by Donald A. Prentiss
This book was very atmospheric. I found myself thinking about it long after reading the novel, and the story somewhat reminded me of an M. Night Shyamalan movie. Read morePublished on November 18, 2009 by 1morechapter
Taichi Yamada, born in 1934, is an acclaimed Japanese screenwriter and novelist. "Strangers" was first published in 1987 and won the Yamamoto Sh'gor' Prize for best human-interest... Read morePublished on August 26, 2009 by Craobh Rua