The long-awaited translation of the novel behind the cult classic Japanese movie. In this gloriously over-the-top tale, Aoyama, a widower who has lived alone. But what about the book it was based on? Audition, by Japanese novelist Ryu Murakami, was not published in English until , and even. Audition. Ryu Murakami (Author), Ralph McCarthy (Translator). Sign up for the monthly New Releases email. Please enter a valid email address. By signing up .

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I couldn’t help but think about dating websites and the future of relationships. Would I read it again? Mar 09, Arun Divakar rated it it was ok. This passage occurs in Chapter 8.

But love is nothing if not blind, and while Aoyama does uncover a history of abuse in this troubled ex-ballerina’s childhood, he’s convinced that Yamasaki has transcended this hurt to become model wife material.

That is recommended because the full feeling of the novel carries itself perfectly to the last No forgiveness for lies This book is gruesome, haunting, disturbing and all of the rest of those adjectives you can throw at a perfectly executed horror story.

Yes, Ryu Murakami is one hell of a writer but if by some weird event I get invited over to his house Meanwhile, contemporaries such as Koushun Takami and Koji Suzuki saw their books made available to American audiences following the success of corresponding film adaptations.

Pages with related products. Aoyama has a strong relationship with his son, Shinge, but the successful businessman needs more than a teenage son to keep him company.


The best part of it was the last sentence. It’s an interesting book, and perhaps a lot of my problem with this book has to do with the poor, uneven translation. Murakami’s romanticism is of the decidedly gritty ryh, acknowledging the devastating violence that often accompanies personal relationships. The one who view spoiler [would one day drug you, dismember your dog before your very auxition, and saw off your foot with a length of wire? Overall though it was a fun and entertaining read, and I’ll probably check out more of Ryu Murakami’s work, even just for the alleged messed up auudition factor.

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Audition by Ryu Murakami – review

I was also baffled ryk what I perceived to be a very flippant ending. I feel hollow and damaged. So it’s a while before he breaks the news to her that he is a widower.

Aoyama himself is flawed, aueition a bit shallow and impatient – he focuses on women’s looks and history more than their personality, and resorts to dating via a lazy scam of an audition. Even when he very clearly should and has more than enough reason to. As expected the book was deeply disturbing and graphic jurakami made for a nice, light read.

Seven years after his wife’s death, Aoyama, the protagonist of popular Japanese author Murakami’s dud chiller, is ready to get on with his life. I shook my head multiple times in disbelief until he redeemed himself view spoiler [with his brilliant move with the remote control. I think I’ll pass. And so it proves.


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In this short novel, the build-up is the point and the inevitably violent end does not let you down. The ending IS terrifying TW animal abuse but it takes too long to get there. But what about the book it was based on? If you cannot handle some significant gore, then do not read it. Read more Read less.

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The pacing overall was quite poor, with the beginning dragging and the ending feeling rushed, although I don’t know if this was intentional or not. Not a very honest way to meet women, but they’re not too troubled by that.

Monday 31 December Lists with This Book. Out of over a thousand applicants, Aoyama narrows the pool down to a small group of women aurition will be invited to come in to try out for the role. Having read quite a lot of horror fiction and thrillers by writers such as Stephen King and Dean Koontz, I am not the kind of person that shies away from spine-chilling suspense and blood-curdling gore.

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