This controversial novel touched the raw nerves of the Japanese and became a million seller within six months of publication. It is a semi-autobiographical tale of the author's youth spent amidst the glorious squalor of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll in 1970s Japan. 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
One of the few quotes I could find that didn't deal with vomit, semen, spit, bleeding orifices, throbbing protuberances, sweat...
One word sums up this book... yucky
Did I like it? oh yeah
If you've never taken drugs or lived a depraved life read this book and you'll feel like you've taken drugs and lived a depraved life. I'm still tripping...
There is no plot. Things just happen. Many, many things happen. Some things best left unsaid here. Think Kawabata... now imagine his complete opposite. This was Ryu's first book. It was awarded the Akutagawa Prize. Not for the moral majority or minority or anyone with morals at all.
'... a charred body is one thing you don't ever want to see, you know, it's really bad.'
But as if that wasn’t enough, even the prose was violent. Just reading the book itself, I felt like I was being pushed and shoved in all directions. Sometimes I felt suffocated, and there were moments when I felt like my whole body was slammed against a wall.
There are still so many aspects of this book that I do not understand. But rare is a book that repels and intrigues me at the same time.
I am shocked and amazed, actually, that someone thought this needed to be on the list of 1,001 books to read before you die. I could have done just fine without it.
I would highly recommend reading Irvine Welch's "Trainspotting" instead for a book about drug culture that has a lot more literary value.
and i got a hard-on at one point so thats good.
There were tons of digusting sex and drug scenes, and I don't think I'm some stuck up old prune (ok, maybe I do), but lots of it was just uncalled for.
I don't mind if you want to paint a picture of your days in the gutter, that's fine... but if you're going to subject me to little Japanese girls having bloody group sex with a bunch of huge (huge) guys, please move the story to a satisfying conclusion. This book was incoherent. If it weren't so short, I wouldn't have bothered finishing it.
An award winning début novel that is a very short and quick read. Not one I could recommend due to the subject matter and gratuitousness of the content. Not my favourite of those that I've read so far from the other Murakami but far and away not the worst.
The ending of the book was way over the edge. It made me go, "Whoa!" Someone, please, explain to me what happened!