In the Miso Soup

In the Miso Soup

Paperback

$9.65 $15.00 Save 36% Current price is $9.65, Original price is $15. You Save 36%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Eligible for FREE SHIPPING
  • Get it by Thursday, October 19 ,  Order by 12:00 PM Eastern and choose Expedited Delivery during checkout.

Overview

In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami

From postmodern Renaissance man Ryu Murakami, master of the psychothriller and director of Tokyo Decadence, comes this hair-raising roller-coaster ride through the nefarious neon-lit world of Tokyo’s sex industry. In the Miso Soup tells of Frank, an overweight American tourist who has hired Kenji to take him on a guided tour of Tokyo’s sleazy nightlife. But Frank’s behavior is so strange that Kenji begins to entertain a horrible suspicion—that his new client is in fact the serial killer currently terrorizing the city. It is not until later, however, that Kenji learns exactly how much he has to fear and how irrevocably his encounter with this great white whale of an American will change his life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143035695
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/2006
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 190,723
Product dimensions: 5.11(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ryu Murakami, musician, filmmaker, TV talk show host, and novelist, is the author of Almost Transparent Blue, 69, and Coin Locker Babies, which the Washington Post praised as "a knockout . . . a great big pulsating parable."

Ralph McCarthy is the translator of Murakami’s 69 and two collections of stories by Osamu Dazai.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

In the Miso Soup 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The books is very dark and hard readable... I prefer more optimy books..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sianne_Rice More than 1 year ago
His characters in this book are so amazing. It's set in the red light district of Japan, very gritty and honest. Nothing is hidden here it's great. Not as "twisted" as his other works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Janus More than 1 year ago
Those familiar with Ryu Murakami will find a great treasure in In the Miso Soup. Murakami's surrealistic and gritty style of writing are back in fine form and his attention to detail and realism is as astounding as ever. In the Miso Soup may attract some because of its heavy blend of sex and violence, but at its heart, this is not what the story is about. It is chiefly a commentary on modern morality and a social observation of Japanese behavior. This is the kind of bizarre story that will teach you a lesson in ethics or culturalism right after it has made you cringe with the gory details of a murder. The actual scenes of violence are really quite few; but what few there are will make even the most seasoned murder literature veteran wince. Kenji (the narrator) is very much an every-man and he serves his literary purpose of pulling the reader in perfectly. Frank is one of the most interesting characters to pop up in a book in a long time. He is the perfect antagonist to Kenji's "that's just life" views. In the Miso Soup is the kind of book that once a reader starts it, they will be unable to stop; even though at many times they will want to. A very affecting novel and highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great read for a crime drama. It holds your attention with an interesting narration and characters, and puts the red light district of Japan in the spotlight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After school on Friday, I went to the school library on the hunt for something to read (I had ditched swimming, so I had a few hours to kill). I saw the spine of this book near the bottom of a shelf, and the name intrigued me. So, on a whim, I borrowed it. I have spent the weekend reading this book, and I must say that it was wonderfiul! It's an intense, slightly grotesque read. Oddly enough, however, you can't let it go! It's like a guilty pleasure. Sickening, but so darn interesting. It's not a novel that will affect me for the rest of my life, but it's something I'll be thinking about. Especially if you've never read any books about Japan, this is a great book to learn a little about Japanese culture.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not quite sure what book the two '2-star' reviewers were reading, but in my oppinion this is a masterpiece of psychological fiction. Incredibly informative regarding modern Japanese culture and their views of our own. Brilliantly plotted suspense tightened with a torque wrench, one page at a time. The denouement slows just a bit, but it's so masterfully wrought that it doesn't matter here. This is very close to a perfect book. What would have made it perfect? Either a more prolonged build to the cataclysmically violent denouement or a tightening of its aftermath. Read this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wanted to know what happened as I found it...different !! Some parts I could literally vomit just thinking about them - v. violent and sexually explicit. It looked interesting when I picked it up - I certainly didn't expect it was going to be like this..
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was overly gory and boring in parts. Descriptions went on for too long. I would not recommend.