Almost Transparent Blue

Almost Transparent Blue Almost Transparent Blue is a brutal tale of lost youth in a Japanese port town close to an American military base Murakami s image intensive narrative paints a portrait of a group of friends locked in

  • Title: Almost Transparent Blue
  • Author: Ryū Murakami Nancy Andrew
  • ISBN: 9784770029041
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Paperback
  • Almost Transparent Blue is a brutal tale of lost youth in a Japanese port town close to an American military base Murakami s image intensive narrative paints a portrait of a group of friends locked in a destructive cycle of sex, drugs and rock n roll The novel is all but plotless, but the raw and often violent prose takes us on a rollercoaster ride through reality and haAlmost Transparent Blue is a brutal tale of lost youth in a Japanese port town close to an American military base Murakami s image intensive narrative paints a portrait of a group of friends locked in a destructive cycle of sex, drugs and rock n roll The novel is all but plotless, but the raw and often violent prose takes us on a rollercoaster ride through reality and hallucination, highs and lows, in which the characters and their experiences come vividly to life Trapped in passivity, they gain neither passion nor pleasure from their adventures Yet out of the alienation, boredom and underlying rage and grief emerges a strangely quiet and almost equally shocking beauty Ryu Murakami s first novel, Almost Transparent Blue won the coveted Akutagawa literary prize and became an instant bestseller Representing a sharp and conscious turning away from the introspective trend of postwar Japanese literature, it polarized critics and public alike and soon attracted international attention as an alternative view of modern Japan.

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    1. "I put the thin fragment of glass, dripping blood, in my pocket, and ran out into the misty road. The doors and windows of the houses were shut, nothing was moving. I thought I'd been swallowed by a huge living thing, that I was turning around and around in its stomach like the hero of some fairy tale."Almost Transparent BlueA warning to any potential readers of this book. There is explicit, graphic sex in the first half of this novel. If you are prudish about group sex, alternative sex, or say [...]

    2. There is a shrill noise often lost in the background of the more important noises in the world. This piercing cry found abundantly around no matter where you go like pigeons flocking empty streets at the break of dawn, for whatever reason, seems to be relegated as insignificant and unworthy of the spotlight and stages of the world’s short attention span. Many names have been given to this jarring sound, but for the purposes of this cajolery or whatever this is, let us call it the reckless aban [...]

    3. (Soundtrack for this review)Do you want to know what I don't give a shit about? This book. I made it a little more than a quarter through it (35 pages to be exact). I found the writing to be blah (to be fair, I think it is the translation), the type to be a bit too small and the font to be faintly illegible. I dreaded having to go on break and read more of this book, and did internal backflips when I noticed the a new Harpers just went on sale before I went on break and saw there was a new DFW s [...]

    4. I just have to face it· there is no Murakami whom I'll like. Let me say how I was rooting for this book but it ended up yet again another disappointment. I acknowledge why it should be considered important for the Japanese literature but this alone is not adaquate.Short version: Drugs, sex, more drugs, more sex, promiscuous, dirty and disgusting. Long version: First of all, this novel was plotless. There were just a bunch on people in desperate need of drugs and sex. Half of the book was random [...]

    5. Aw, the silly depravity of youth. How do I count the ways? What is it to read this book? To imagine a decadence I never experienced be young and frivolous, to exchange idealism with nihilism so that I can make my depravity a pool of vomit to swim in. As I reach out to grab the syringe I've never used to shoot up once more words that aren't heroin, I think about my 17-year-old self. He's reading "Trainspotting" in a place that doesn't feel like home, wondering if he can ever go home. He images a [...]

    6. I'm sure we all go through these moments in life, where we end up in a dark pit of frustration and fear, wondering where we should be or go, what we should do, why we are here. We, whether religious or atheist, have our moments where we feel as if life is without meaning, that we are simply an overly self conscious mammal that walks, talks, breathes and finally dies without feeling like we have accomplished much in our short lives. These moments are brief, yet during these precise moments, they [...]

    7. Baskısı bulunmayan bu kitabı benimle paylaşan ArturoBelano'ya çok teşekkür ederim.Kitapla ilgili fikirlerimi, bir türlü anlaşılır bir şekilde aktaramadım şuan. Uzun yorumumu daha sonra gireceğim.Herkese iyi okumalar!7,5/10

    8. Time to get stoned! This novel can put you in a catatonic torpor, a drug-induced haze near the point where you are about to overdose and die.First person narrative, here is someone named Ryu, not yet twenty, with his equally-young male and female buddies. Ryu is telling a story. You hear him, but do not really understand the story being told. The images will distract you and catch your full attention.First there's this cockroach on some unwashed dishes. Then it is squashed. See the jelly-like su [...]

    9. I loved and will always love every bit of this book even when the only sratch from it on my memory will be left by images, flashing lights and stomach-churning acts of pluckiness (but purposeful). I am actually dreadfully sad that this had to end, I could go on and on with these youngsters' intrepid, grisly life. It had a 'hard not to notice' scent of Bret Easton Ellis and Burroughs in it, constantly chasing the reader. The only difference is that this is more soaked with meanings than many thin [...]

    10. i liked Piercing and i loved In the Miso Soup, but i found this book (his first) just mind-numbingly boring. there's one point where the guy (it took me about 80 pages to decide that the narrator was a guy; even the talk of his penis never really convinced me) talks about the movie he'd like to make, which is simply a huge mirror that reflects back the audience that was about the only moment in the book that seemed to show a little imagination (though let's be honest, not that much). i'm all for [...]

    11. Good for students of Japanese wanting to expand their vocabulary around drug-taking, vomiting and rough sex. I rarely participate in two of these three activities, so for me the book was of limited utility.This book was a controversial shocker when it first came out but I don’t see why it was ever quite so popular. I think it reflected a lifestyle which Japanese people of that age secretly envied, when they weren't too busy with their math homework. Seriously, who takes drugs listening to the [...]

    12. 3"JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS"STARS** I've never touched a drug a day in my life, yet this book has me contemplating checking myself into a rehab facility. In all seriousness though, the author writing is riveting.Almost Transparent Blue is raw, gritty and shows the reader a realistic day in the life of an addict(s) (at least I think so). Hell, I felt like a creepy spectator watching the junkie games. ** cringe** So the morale of the story folks----> Drugs will turn you into a stinky, sticky and swe [...]

    13. Δεν βρήκα λόγο να συνεχίσω αυτό το βιβλίο, πραγματικά.Τελικά, υποθέτω, κανένας Μουρακάμι δεν μ' αρέσει, δυστυχώς.

    14. It will take a bit of digestion to form a coherent response to this book. The first half was a drag. Violent sex and drug use depicted with skilled, lovely prose, a special focus on body fluids. The only factors that kept me reading were the shortness of the book and the author's skill, because these first sixty pages were deathly boring.In the second half, something like a story of a dark personal transformation begins to emerge. Free of the blizzard of pills and orgies, the writing focuses on [...]

    15. I don’t have much to say about this brief and rather shallow debut, which details the squalid sex-and-drug-fueled existences of a group of young Japanese lowlifes/layabouts in the 1970s, except that it’s lurid, grotesque, delirious, disturbing, and oddly compelling. (I say “compelling,” but my readerly propulsion through the book may simply have been my desire to escape from these sordid characters and their dead-end lives as soon as possible). I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone [...]

    16. As soon as I had read the first page, I knew that I had read “Almost Transparent Blue” at least once many years ago. Even though the weighty & lengthy TBR shelf chides me, I read it through on a long train ride. And I am glad I did. I know like and appreciate this more more than I did before.This is Murakami-san’s first novel written in his youth about even younger youths. Is it autobiographical? I don’t know and don’t recall anyone ever saying so definitively. The main character s [...]

    17. Female News Host #1: On a personal note, that shit was fucked up!News Co-Host #1: Yeah it was. I literally pissed myself.Those words may well be from an entirely different medium but they essentially capture the blasé attitude of the characters in Ryu Murakami's debut novel. And on a personal note, that shit really was fucked up!A plotless look at the lives of a group of friends who have partied way too hard for way too long and are now living a destructive lifestyle but don't really seem to ca [...]

    18. Those who know me are well aware that I have an almost visceral love of twisted literature. Books that are the literary equivalent of a car crash; hedonistic revels that fade into subterranean nightmares. In other words, such extreme excess that you can't help but approach them with a mixture of sick curiosity and nearly overwhelming trepidation. For the longest time that has meant the blasted imaginations of my trifecta of favorite authors (Palahniuk, Irvine Welsh and Bret Easton Ellis) and occ [...]

    19. Novela sórdida y desapasionada, enmarcada en la corriente del realismo sucio, que deja muy claras sus intenciones desde la primera página. En ella, los personajes, adolescentes japoneses que viven cerca de una base militar estadounidense, se dejan arrastrar por un frenesí violento y brutal repleto de excesos, drogas, orgías y tentativas de suicidio del que ni siquiera logran extraer un modicum de placer. Valoro la propuesta de Murakami, pero no tanto su ejecución. Me ha parecido que, en un [...]

    20. John and Seth should not read this book. right this book is about sex and drugs and it doesn't really have a plot. But I mean if you like books about drugs and really graphic descriptions of violent psedorape are your thing I say go for it. There is also a fun lsd feel to the book if you can get over the other stuff.

    21. Rate: 3/5Khá rối rắm và thấy cuộc sống của đám bọn họ thật bế tắc. Chỉ có nhiêu đó: ma túy, tình dục loạn cả lên, rồi lại rượu, lại thuốc, lại phát rồ lên, cứ thế xoay đều vòng xoay cuộc sống. Phải hơn một nửa cuốn sách tôi mới biết họ thậm chí còn chưa tới 20 tuổi. Vậy mà lại bế tắc như thế

    22. "Azul casi transparente" es la novela debut de Ryu Murakami, escritor japonés de un estilo bastante americano (su estilo es propio del realismo sucio, eso sí, con ligeros toques de lirismo surrealista). Para ser su primer libro, se siente esa identidad y furia propias del escritor que aún se está construyendo a sí mismo frente al papel. O, al menos, eso me pareció que ocurrió aquí: la historia genera un contrapunto entre las acciones que se ejecutan y cierto sentimiento de insatisfacció [...]

    23. Հա, եկա ասելու, որ ինձ դուր են գալիս էն գրքերը, որոնք իրենց մեջ յուրահատուկ գույն ունեն, էնպես, ինչպես օրինակ ընկերներիցս մեկին ասում էի, որ լեհական կինոն մանուշակագույն է ու չէի կարողանում բացատրել, թե ինչի, ճապոնական գրականությունն էլ գույն ունի՝ մուգ կապույտ է, կարդալուց ո [...]

    24. I DNF. I got quickly tired of the racist and homophobic characters. I just wanted to slap them around. The writing is awful, though I have no way of knowing if it's better in Japanese.The vulgarity is over the top, and I'm really not into books where raping girls is a casual activity for a bunch of losers and a**holes! This is the worst book by Murakami.

    25. In verità sono 3,5 stelle perché Murakami è bravo, ma non riesce a scavare fino in fondo nel disagio più totale dei giovani giapponesi. Mi sono piaciute le descrizioni dei vari deliri, però a volte sono troppo strampalati. Resta un valido romanzo per conoscere un Murakami diverso da Haruki.

    26. What can be said about this peculiar little book that has not already been said by far more intelligent folks than your's truly?! Yes. It's a quick read. Yes. It's gritty with the details of drug abuse and sexual orgies "[r]endered in excruciating, often repugnant detail." If you don't like either drug abuse and/or sexual conduct given in such "repugnant detail", don't read it. If, however, you want an introduction to one of Japan's finest, post-modernism writers, then DO read this book. I am go [...]

    27. i’m not quite sure how I feel about this book I really enjoyed the visuals though. i felt like I was suffocating with the scents and textures of each scene.

    28. "All'estremità di un vasto campo da gioco c'è la piscina, tutto intorno sono piantati dei fiori. Sono sbocciati come eruzioni cutanee su un cadavere in decomposizione, come cellule cancerogene che si moltiplicano in continuazione in un siero. Cadono a terra, si sollevano d'improvviso volteggiando nel vento, sullo sfondo del muro che tremola come un panno bianco."Senza parole. Leggetelo.

    29. No es solo drogas y sexo. Autodestrucción. "Con la cara empalidecida, mi ser muerto se sentó en un banco y se volvió hacia mi ser real, que estaba contemplando esta alucinación en la pantalla de la noche. Mi ser muerto se acercó más, como si quisiera estrechar la mano de mi ser real. Fue entonces cuando me invadió el pánico y traté de correr. Pero mi ser muerto me persiguió hasta lograr al final capturarme, entrando en mi ser real y posesionándose de él".

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