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From the author of Audition, a wickedly satirical and wildly funny tale of an intergenerational battle of the sexes.In his most irreverent novel yet, Ryu Murakami creates a rivalry of epic proportions between six aimless youths and six tough-as-nails women who battle for control of a Tokyo neighborhood. At the outset, the young men seem louche but/p>/em>
From the author of Audition, a wickedly satirical and wildly funny tale of an intergenerational battle of the sexes.In his most irreverent novel yet, Ryu Murakami creates a rivalry of epic proportions between six aimless youths and six tough-as-nails women who battle for control of a Tokyo neighborhood. At the outset, the young men seem louche but harmless, their activities limited to drinking, snacking, peering at a naked neighbor through a window, and performing karaoke. The six "aunties" are fiercely independent career women. When one of the boys executes a lethal ambush of one of the women, chaos ensues. The women band together to find the killer and exact revenge. In turn, the boys buckle down, study physics, and plot to take out their nemeses in a single blast. Who knew that a deadly "gang war" could be such fun? Murakami builds the conflict into a hilarious, spot-on satire of modern culture and the tensions between the sexes and generations.
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Ryu Murakami is the best-selling author of more than a dozen novels and the winner of Japan’s prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize. Many of his novels have been made into movies, including Audition. He lives in Japan.
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Maybe I'm comparing it too much to "Coinlocker Babies" but I couldn't get into this story as much as I could with other Murakami books (Piercing, In the Miso Soup, ect). The story is good though and the characters are believable. I'll never think of karaoke the same way again!
This is the absolute first time Ive ever wanted to give a novel no stars. Actually, this deserves -100 stars for how bad it is. The novel started out slow. I stuck out hoping it would get better and then it started picking up the pace. Unfortunately, it picked up the pace with a couple of strange and particularly DUMB occurances. A worthless student takes some sleeping pills, wakes up the next morning with a hard on, torments some middle aged woman and then kills her for no good reason. Later, he runs to tell his friends what he did and the bunch of mindless idiots "Ooooohhh" and "Aaaahhhh" like he did something extra amazing. The woman's friends find out who killed her and one of the friends end up killing him. So, a cycle is born. The story ended there for me. I couldnt read any further. It was stupid, boring, the characters were shallow, annoying and just plain dumb. I wouldnt recommend this to anyone at all.