The author Ryu Murakami is another author from Japan and is no way related to Haruki Murakami who has had many well known books written to his name, and have also been adapted to movies.
Ryu Murakami has written quite a few books “Audition” and “Piercing” are two of his other popular books apart from “in the miso soup” written by Ryu Murakami.
The other two books too like the”In the miso soup” are centred around the dark backdrop of Japan, disillusion, drug use and Murder
The book titled “In the Miso soup “ is a apt title for two reasons – One because the character compares his life with the miso soup and phara phrase the quote “I’m in the miso soup myself- Just like those bits of vegetable. I’m floating around in this giant bowl of it, and that’s good enough for me.
And the other the book is titled “In the miso soup” because the character’s purpose to visit Japan was to find out what the people who eat the miso soup on daily basis might be like.Again to Quote from the book. As he once ordered it in an America restaurant and was intrigued about it. He decided travel to Japan.
The moment I read the title of the book and turned over to read the blurb mentioned below,I was interested in reading this book. .
It’s just before New Year, Frank an overweight American tourist, has hired kenji to take him on a guided tour of Tokyo’s nightlife.
But, Franks behaviour is so odd that Kenji begins to entertain a horrible suspicion : His client may in fact have murderous desires.
Although, Kenji is far from innocent himself, he unwillingly descends with frank into an inferno of evil, from which only his sixteen year old girlfriend, Jun, can possibly save him.
Yeah, It’s a coincidence that this is my second book in a row from a Japanese author. But,The Japanese authors have such interesting storylines ,written in a captivating way that you become so engrossed in the storytelling, you only want more and more of it.
The book is written in three chapters.
Chapter 1 – Describes and establishes what the story is about – The beginning of how the characters meet.
Chapter 2 – The relationship between the two and why Kenji becomes suspicious about his client.
Chapter 3 – Is the reason behind why one should read the book.
The Book highlights the American and Japanese culture,What makes each different and similarities amongst the two. The ideology between the two nations amongst the locals and the identities each of the nation has created for itself.
Since the book was written long back ago, You might agree/disagree about some of the points discussed.
“In the miso soup” Is a crisp, well written physiological thriller set in the dark backdrop of Japan,that you will only put the book down once you read it.