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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Review: Audition

by Ryū Murakami, Ralph McCarthy (Translator)

Genre: asian-literature, crime-thriller, horror
Publication: January2009
Format: Hardcover, 208 pages

Audition had a slow start as Aoyama began to discuss his plan to remarry with his friend, Yoshikawa and continue to Aoyama courting Asami. In spite of that, I just couldn’t put the book down. It was interesting to know how Aoyama and Asami’s relationship develop. After all, Aoyama and Asami had a huge age gap.

Aoyama was happy with the developing relationship. But his friend, Yoshikawa warned him that there were something about this girl and warned him to be careful. Aoyama won’t listen. He thought that his friend was jealous that he was dating a young, beautiful girl. Just when their relationship began to develop into something more serious, Asami did something unthinkable.

Audition is a fast read with simple plot and a few dark humors and gruesome scene. The part where Aoyama and Yoshikawa were having a talk about their view on women nowadays was definitely my favourite part. I’m not a fan of horror, but I do think that Murakami’s writing on the horror part was perfectly written. It definitely creep me out. The scene towards the end of Audition was seriously disturbing. I would recommend this book to any horror fan.

Book Cover’s Description
Documentary-maker Aoyama hasn't dated anyone in the seven years since the death of his beloved wife, Ryoko. Now even his teenage son Shige has suggested he think about remarrying. So when his best friend Yoshikawa comes up with a plan to hold fake film auditions so that Aoyama can choose a new bride, he decides to go along with the idea. Of the thousands who apply, Aoyama only has eyes for Yamasaki Asami, a young, beautiful, delicate and talented ballerina with a turbulent past. But there is more to her than Aoyama, blinded by his infatuation, can see, and by the time he discovers the terrifying truth it may be too late. Ryu Murakami delivers his most subtle and disturbing novel yet, confirming him as Japan's master of the psycho-thriller.

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