Audition

Ryu Murakami, Author, Ralph McCarthy, Translator
Ryu Murakami, Author, Ralph McCarthy, Translator , trans. from the Japanese by Ralph McCarthy. Norton $13.95 (191p) ISBN 978-0-393-33841-6
Reviewed on: 03/01/2010
Release date: 06/01/2010
Hardcover - 200 pages - 978-0-7475-8948-8
Open Ebook - 208 pages - 978-0-393-33910-9
Show other formats
FORMATS

Seven years after his wife's death, Aoyama, the protagonist of popular Japanese author Murakami's dud chiller, is ready to get on with his life. Aoyama has a strong relationship with his son, Shinge, but the successful businessman needs more than a teenage son to keep him company. So he turns to his friend, Yoshikawa, and the two hatch a plan to hold auditions for a fake movie where the actresses will really be interviewing to date Aoyama. Enter Yamasaki Asami, a former ballet dancer who wants to star in the fake film. Aoyama's smitten, even after it becomes clear that Asami's at least a little crazy. Unfortunately, none of this adds up to a suspenseful story, and the big finale is more uncomfortable than frightening. 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. (June)

The Best Books, Emailed Every Week
Tip Sheet!
MORE BOOKS YOU'D LIKE
X