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Posted August 26, 2005
This book wasn¿t what I thought it was going to be. I had listened to the review on Fresh Aire and I was intrigued (although I wish I had read the reviews here, they seem more accurate). Tokyo Cancelled is such a great title for a book and the premise about 13 passengers telling stories is excellent. The Tailor¿s Story is the gem of the book and it¿s good that it is the first one. Rana Dasgupta¿s writing style is lyric and beautiful and heartbreaking in the story. (I wish he would write more like this one!) Although the premise is a fantasy, the frame of the story which is that 13 strangers are telling these stories in public, out-loud, to each other, in Japan, is completely unbelievable when you take into account the content of the other stories. The Billionaire¿s Story ends with an explicit description of sex. The House of the Frankfurt Mapmaker describes a naked woman intimately. The Story on Madison Avenue begins with adult activities with Robert Deniro. (I should tell you that I stopped with the Fifth Story, because the book seemed just too bizarre.) There is no doubt that Mr. Dasgupta is an excellent writer, I simply wish that his next book is less sensational and more in tune with the style of The Tailor¿s Story. This book is more aptly described as an odd, sexy, summer novel. Take it to the beach with you if you want summer read that is unlike anything else.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.