Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Monkey Book Report

There's a hell of a lot of action packed into this slender novel about modern Japan where two groups of outcasts end up violently clashing. It's fast paced, funny at times, and sad and silly at others.

This book tells the story of what happens when a group of young misfit males cross paths with a group of thirty something divorcees. Toss some murder, karaoke, and a college girl with disorientating facial features in the mix and you've got quite a ride.

I purposely don't want to tell you too much about the plot because it will spoil it for those who decide to read this book, and I recommend you read it, after all it's just a little over a hundred pages. I was disappointed it ended the way it did but when I thought about it, given the context of the story, the ending was very plausible.

I highly recommend this book. It's a very good snapshot of the lives of modern Japanese subcultures, it's very much in the same vein as Out by Natsuo Kirino.

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