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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I advise that you remove it immediately for the sake of your own humanity.

But now his teenage son, Shige, and his best pal, Yoshikawa, have decided that he should get married again. The end is very sudden and plain silly.

Audition by Ryu Murakami – review

A number of Murakami’s earlier works had already achieved some recognition in the states, so where the hell was Audition? No off-shoot stories or extra characters or other stuff.

I will say that I never saw the movie based on this, and genuinely went into it without any idea of what the story was going to fully be about. View all 5 comments. An amazing, dark psychological thriller.

Enlisting the help of audittion filmmaker friend, he holds an audition to find his future wife by duping women into thinking they are auditioning for a film. Aoyama has a strong relationship with his son, Shinge, but the successful businessman needs more than a teenage son to keep him company.

I was also baffled by what I perceived to be a very flippant ending.

It is only when it is possibly too late, that Aoyama discovers the horrifying truth about his new girlfriend. Having read quite a lot of horror fiction and thrillers by writers such as Stephen King and Dean Koontz, I am not the murzkami of person that shies away from spine-chilling suspense and blood-curdling gore.


Audition builds slowly, is actually kind of sweet, but he lets off muurakami hints that something is not right. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Call me weird but that’s probably what makes his books appeal the most to me. Retrieved March 8, And, in fact, no one can quite put their finger on what’s wrong with Yamasaki Asami — but they sure feel uncomfortable about her.

Joshua Chaplinsky has also written for Twitch. For all their similarities, there is a huge emotional expanse separating the two, and the emotion is what makes the film so much more satisfying. Even he is aware of how dubious murakamk ethics of the project that sets all this in motion — auditioning women to be a wife, and not even being murakkami with them about it — are though perhaps not quite as aware as he should bebut he’s quite good at critiquing the voyeuristic society that makes for the possibility and success of such harebrained ideas.

I mueakami it technically qualifies as a novella but it reads faster that most short stories.

Audition (novel) – Wikipedia

The main problem with Audition, though, is Yamasaki. The final pages literally turn the novel around on its head purely for the sake of doing so, making a sympathetic character completely repulsive for no reason other than visceral shock; the ending audittion are well written, but just don’t fit as a part of a coherent whole. Apparently what the Japanese wanted wasn’t any better life, but more things. I usually don’t do this, but I’m going to review Audition in comparison to the film versionwhich the author reputedly loved so much he specifically requested the same director to adapt his Coin Locker Babies as well.

Murakani of you in my horror circle have this on your TBR list you know who you are. It’s Shige that suggests that it’s about time, muramami Aoyama dyu that that isn’t such a bad idea. While the story itself left me dissatisfied, I found a fascinating treatise on aspects of the Japanese dining experience.


Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Shige is a sensitive young man and encourages dear old Dad to get back on the scene and start dating again.

I am yet to see the cult classic movie that this book inspired, which I am told is quite impressive. Where the book was perfect till the end, I felt that the author could have given the ending a little more finesse. People who like a good scare. Murakamijev tekst je britak i na momente brutalan. He lives a placid existence with his teenage son, Shige, dreaming of remarrying. The novel’s first two acts, the audition concept and Aoyama’s romancing of Yamasaki, are about as perfunctory and economical as modern writing gets.

Audition by Ryu Murakami – review – Telegraph

Murakxmi is more about the writing than the story. 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.

Besides these themes—which I’m more forcing a bit onto the book, because it’s definitely not the main focus—there are quite a few gags and bit of black humor. Open Preview See a Problem? 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, mirakami part of Aoyama’s life but also leading his auition.

Unfortunately, from the very start the story failed to pull me in. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

The best part of it was the last sentence. View all 10 comments.