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Almost Transparent Blue - Ryū Murakami, Nancy Andrew
Almost Transparent Blue
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Almost Transparent Blue is a brutal tale of lost youth in a Japanese port town close to an American military base. Murakami?s image-intensive narrative paints a portrait of a group of friends locked in a destructive cycle of sex, drugs and rock?n?roll. The novel is all but plotless, but the raw... show more
Almost Transparent Blue is a brutal tale of lost youth in a Japanese port town close to an American military base. Murakami?s image-intensive narrative paints a portrait of a group of friends locked in a destructive cycle of sex, drugs and rock?n?roll. The novel is all but plotless, but the raw and often violent prose takes us on a rollercoaster ride through reality and hallucination, highs and lows, in which the characters and their experiences come vividly to life. Trapped in passivity, they gain neither passion nor pleasure from their adventures. Yet out of the alienation, boredom and underlying rage and grief emerges a strangely quiet and almost equally shocking beauty. Ryu Murakami?s first novel, Almost Transparent Blue won the coveted Akutagawa literary prize and became an instant bestseller. Representing a sharp and conscious turning away from the introspective trend of postwar Japanese literature, it polarized critics and public alike and soon attracted international attention as an alternative view of modern Japan.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9784770029041
Publisher: Kōdansha
Pages no: 126
Edition language: English
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travelin
travelin rated it
0.0 Almost Transparent Blue
Japanese people having sex to make the drugs seem worth it, but not seeming to enjoy anything but the abstraction. Thin, didn't make weight restrictions.
JeffreyKeeten
JeffreyKeeten rated it
I put the thin fragment of glass, dripping blood, in my pocket, and ran out into the misty road. The doors and windows of the houses were shut, nothing was moving. I thought I'd been swallowed by a huge living thing, that I was turning around and around in its stomach like the hero of some fairy tal...
davidofterra
davidofterra rated it
This book was painful to read. Imagine a Japanese Trainspotting without any redeeming qualities.
KAOReads
KAOReads rated it
1.0 Almost Transparent Blue
I feel awful about shelving Ryu Murakami on my "fuck this book" shelf because of how much I generally adore him. I actually don't think it's his fault at all, I think the translation is just really, really bad. But I'm abandoning it.
Marvin's Bookish Blog
Marvin's Bookish Blog rated it
3.0
Verbal Vomit.That's the term I kept thinking as I read Ryu Murakami's debut novel Almost Transparent Blue; partially because he spent a lot of time describing both the action and the result. But mainly due to the author's relentless spewing of descriptions and actions throughout this plotless novel ...
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