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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This is the story about a documentary filmmaker whose wife has just recently passed away. East meets West as the basis for the cult Japanese film finally discovers America. Ya know, just the the other day I was walking down the street, thinking to myself, why is it so dang hard to meet nice women these days? But; as I read something weird happened, I found my fingers lasciviously touching the pages of the book feeling a vibrant tactile return of in-doubtful nature.

All that’s left behind is a note warning: Retrieved March 8, Every character is fully realized and authentic. Def a must buy. No forgiveness for lies.

Aoyama never truly grows to hate Asami, I don’t believe. Perhaps it’s a testament to Miike’s genius that he made it into what it became, given the paucity of material at hand.

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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. In this short novel, the build-up is the point and the inevitably violent end does not let you down. Like Telegraph Books on Facebook.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Maybe holding that audition isn’t such a bad idea after all? 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.

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I would def read this before you watch the movie. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. There was no build-up of suspense, characters lacked development and the “action”, when it came was rather abru I watched Takashi Miike’s “Audition” more than a decade ago and it instantly became one of my favourite movies.


Until the last chapter, there is not even a whiff of the horror that the reader would be presented with. The novel drifts in and out of commentary on modern Japan. The book was adapted into a movie which was well received, and a became a cult classic; I have not seen it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it wouldn’t actually turn out better than the book, which is too short, too underdeveloped and ultimately too forgettable to be given proper attention.

The way the style and tone of the book kept audituon from anything between romance, suspense, horror and unnecessarily explicit sex, make me suspect that Murakami was experimenting with genres while writing Audition.

Audition by Ryu Murakami – review

Then comes the first hint that something is not quite right. Whatever the reason for the delay, the book is at long last making its way to American soil. There are no flowery descriptions and the action is very matter of fact. He is given warnings by Yoshikawa that Asami may not be all that she seems, but Aoyama ignores him, seeing only the perfect woman he imagines Yamasaki Asami to be.

He’s also very good at background material, about his characters, or the characters themselves — such as the way Shige is used in the novel, a part of Aoyama’s life but also leading his own. I think I’ll pass. The hints are there, but they are very few and after the end seem almost nonsensical; what happens jumps at the reader like a jack out of a box, unexpected and unwelcome.

Unfortunately, none of this adds up to a suspenseful story, and the big finale is more uncomfortable than frightening. Each event works itself perfectly into the next and the cumulative effect of it all is powerful. This is more about the writing than the story.

Forget the movie if you’ve seen it. Rob Zombie and one enraged woman. Murakami’s work has what could be a fascinating set of characters, but the uneven pacing and ineffective dialogue provide the only hint of horror the book has to offer.


It was the basis for the film by Takashi Miike released in and an upcoming English-language film adaptation. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Aoyama was fairly well developed and his background and motivations understandable, but Asami seemed simply a character with a role to fill in a book.

Audition by Ryƫ Murakami

Enlisting the help of a filmmaker friend, he holds an audition to find his future wife by duping women into thinking they are auditioning for a film.

While these American noirs are sometimes read as commentaries on the American Dream promised to all, attainable to someAudition seems a commentary on the situation of young women in Japan and the willingness of a decent man such as Aoyama to treat them like fruit in a supermarket.

I read a lot of horror but Ryu Murakami is one of the few writers that actually scare the hell out of me There was a way in which each supposedly desirable romantic trait was written down, analyzed and competed over that struck a strange chord within me.

Indeed, among other things, Audition is a rather touching family-portrait of father, son, and dog. Should have buckled down a wee harder, I guess. He obviously loves his son, Shige, and cares for their dog.

This page was last edited on 21 Mayyru The bulk of it is a year old widower falling in love with a mysterious murrakami and taking her to restaurants where we learn what they eat and drink. Ali, kakav je to bio susret!

Although Aoyama is fascinated by Asami shown clearly to border and even cross into obsession, he also obviously genuinely cares about her, and wants to make her his wife. Murakami doesn’t so much foreshadow as wave huge red flags from early on.