Occupied City

Occupied City On January a man posing as a public health official arrives at a bank in Tokyo He explains that he s there to treat everyone who might have been exposed to a recent outbreak of dysentery Soo

  • Title: Occupied City
  • Author: David Peace
  • ISBN: 9780571232024
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • On January 26, 1948, a man posing as a public health official arrives at a bank in Tokyo He explains that he s there to treat everyone who might have been exposed to a recent outbreak of dysentery Soon after drinking the medicine he administers, twelve employees are dead, four are unconscious, and the official has fled Twelve voices tell the story of the murder froOn January 26, 1948, a man posing as a public health official arrives at a bank in Tokyo He explains that he s there to treat everyone who might have been exposed to a recent outbreak of dysentery Soon after drinking the medicine he administers, twelve employees are dead, four are unconscious, and the official has fled Twelve voices tell the story of the murder from different perspectives including a journalist, a gangster turned businessman, an occult detective, and a well known painter Each voice enlarges and deepens the portrait of a city and a people making their way out of a war induced hell Told with David Peace s brilliantly idiosyncratic and mesmerizing voice, Occupied City is a stunningly audacious work from a singular writer.

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    1. Tokyo 1948: a man posing as a health inspector tells a bank manager there has been an outbreak of dysentery nearby. He asks the bank manager to gather together all the staff because he has brought with him a serum that will protect them from the infection. The health inspector shows the sixteen staff how to administer the serum. However, he isn’t a health inspector and the serum isn’t a serum. It’s a deadly poison. The killer disappears with some of the bank’s money though not all of it. [...]

    2. If there is a more ambitious crime writer currently producing high quality works of bleak historical noir that crackle with experimental prose, then I want to know his or her name. But for now let it stand that David Peace is the real fucking deal. Occupied City is Peace's ballsiest (ovariesiest) fictional approach yet to putting the psyche of a place and time on the page.The city is America-occupied Japan, the godforsaken year is 1948 - and on a lazy January afternoon, a man in a medical unifor [...]

    3. Είναι ένα κλειστοφοβικό, σκληρό βιβλίο που θυμίζει ιατροδικαστική έρευνα το πιο ενδιαφέρον αστυνομικό που διάβασα εδώ και καιρό (χωρίς να είμαι και μεγάλη φαν του είδους); Ναι. Ξεκάθαρα ναι.Μ’ αυτό εδώ το μυθιστόρημα ο Peace σε κρατάει σε αγωνία, σε αποσυντονίζει και σε βγάζει [...]

    4. Audiobook. Hated it.The author repeats phrases continually. Yes, repeats continually. Continually repeats the same maybe a slight change in order. Every sentence. Sentence repeats. One time for each character. Yes, each character. Did I say it repeats? Yes, repeats each time. Each and every sentence repeating. I made through disc one. At that point I knew I wanted to stomp on the disc-not a good thing to do with a library item. I checked this out thinking it sounded like an interesting mystery b [...]

    5. when I read Tokyo Year Zero, I was stunned. The book was very special in my eyes, it was different, confusing and impressive. I didn´t know David Peace before, though you always stumble upon his red-riding-qurartett-series, when you are looking for something to read in the book stores. I really looked forward to the second part of his Tokyo-trilogy and when I finally finished it last week, I was overwhelmed. Occupied City tells the story of a real crime in Tokyo in the year 1948, and from this [...]

    6. Peace, David. OCCUPIED CITY. (2010). **. This is the kind of book that polarizes readers. They either like it, and praise it to the skies, or they hate it, and condemn it to the shelf of forgotten books. It is said to be a novel. It says so right there on the cover. Maybe it is, but the story – such as it is – is told by a series of narrators with a variety of speech defects and mental aberrations that lead to discontinuities in their thought processes. I’m old fashioned. When I read a nov [...]

    7. David Peace follows his spectacular "Tokyo Year Zero" with a book that is, if possible, even more staggering: a twelve-voiced account of a notorious mass murder that took place in Tokyo in 1948. Much has been made of his debt to "Rashomon," and comparisons have also been drawn between this novel and "The Waste Land," but what is most fascinating to me is the way Peace once more draws parallels between the murders that form the basis of the book and the destructive impact of war on those who part [...]

    8. There’s a fascinating story buried in Dave Peace’s latest novel, Occupied City. It is the story of a mass murder carried out in the guise of treatment for a dysentery outbreak in order to rob a bank in post war Tokyo. It is a true story and suggests that the killer may have been from the infamous unit 731 that was developing weapons for biological warfare. The story is somewhat hard to piece together due to the experimental style Peace used in this novel. This might have something to do with [...]

    9. Segundo libro de la "Trilogía de Tokio", el primero 'Tokyo Año Cero', del mismo autor, es muy bueno y la secuela se me antojó fácilmente, este sin embargo, es un desastre."Occupied City" cuenta la historia real de Hirasawa Sadamichi en el caso de los asesinatos por envenenamiento en Tokio de 1948.La novela es en realidad un largo "poema", la prosa no tiene realmente una estructura interesante. No hay nada de donde aferrarse y es extremadamente repetitivo. La intención parece ser evocar la e [...]

    10. There are times THERE ARE TIMES ---there are times--- when the experimental style of The Occupied City IN THE OCCUPIED CITY WHEN I DEBATED CONTINUING WITH THIS BOOK ---I recognised and admired what a work of art this is--- of Peace's writing AND WISHED THE STORY COULD BE MORE SIMPLY TOLD ---but the narrative can be very dense, and it was slow going---. BUT IT'S VERY DEFINITELY WORTH PERSEVERING WITH. ---so I think I might need to re-read this some time.--- Especially the mind-fucking section nea [...]

    11. I had a hard time with this book. I felt like I was reading a long poem rather than a prose book and I think that may have been what was challenging for me. It didn't really give me anything to hold on to that I usually need-character or plot. The writing is very rhythmic (lots of repetition), descriptive, visual (use of punctuation, capitals), layered and I think the idea is probably to evoke emotion but it just made it confusing for me. I read this for book group, so I'm hoping the power of th [...]

    12. The second in a promised trilogy about life and crime in Tokyo during the US occupation. This one is heavily influenced by Kurosawa's "Rashomon" which itself was based on short fiction by Akutagawa. Peace has a unique style which one has to experience to appreciate. I enjoyed this one but not quite as much as his earlier "Year Zero".

    13. Μου άρεσε πιο πολύ από το πρώτο του βιβλίο. Ήταν ενδιαφέρον ο τρόπος γραφής του βιβλίου και η εξέλιξη της ιστορίας με αυτόν τον τρόπο. Στο τέλος με άφησε με μια γλυκόπικρη (κυρίως πικρή) αίσθηση. Τι είναι ικανοί να κάνουν οι άνθρωποι και μέχρι που μπορούν να φτάσουν

    14. I found it to be a very cleverly written book, but tough to read. Don't know if it was the story, the context, or the style. But it took me forever to get through.

    15. Once you get into the rhythm of the prose, this is a fine novel, certainly better than its predecessor in the triology. That it is based on fact, makes it rather better.

    16. David Peace is a novelist who occupies an odd space in British literature -- he’s popular enough to receive mentions in the press, and some of his books (the Red Riding trilogy) have been adapted for TV – yet for all that he occupies a radical and challenging space on the borderlines of genre fiction. Much like China Miéville does with science fiction, Peace’s novels can be appreciated both as edgy crime thrillers and as politically-charged texts which challenge existing novelistic conven [...]

    17. Second entry in the Tokyo trilogy by David Peace, this takes a similar approach to the material as the previous novel in that it uses a historical event to make a larger examination of the time. In the last novel, Tokyo Year Zero, we followed a police detective as he searched for a serial killer in post WWII Japan. This time around, it's a couple years later and the story is told from a variety of characters, some not even human, around a mass murder/bank robbery. A lot of the reviews I've seen [...]

    18. 3ο βιβλίο, (ΤΟΚΙΟ ΕΤΟΣ ΜΗΔΕΝ, μου άρεσε αρκετά και ΧΙΛΙΑ ΕΝΝΙΑΚΟΣΙΑ ΕΒΔΟΜΗΝΤΑ ΤΕΣΣΕΡΑ, μου άρεσε αλλά με κούρασε) , που διάβασα του Πις… και τελευταίο.Τόσο καλή ιστορία να αφηγηθεί αλλά τόσο, μα τόσο, πόσο; Τόσο, ναι τόσο, τόσο, μα τόσο κουραστική, τόσο.Ήθελα να το παρατήσω από τ [...]

    19. Αρκετά κατώτερο του αναμενομένου από εμένα. Το μυθιστόρημα εμβαθύνει περισσότερο στην κατεστραμμένη υλικά και (περισσότερο) ηθικά πόλη του Τόκυο αλλά και της Ιαπωνίας γενικά. Το ότι αυτή η καταστροφή είναι το επίκεντρο και στην ουσία δεν υπάρχουν χαρακτήρες δεν είναι τόσο [...]

    20. I liked the first book, it wasn't without problems but it had a lot of good things about it.This one on the other hand: fascinating topics, well researched, quirky structure; it just fails to actually be enjoyable (or even interesting) to read. There's nothing to really get hold of here, it all feels a bit style over substance.John Crace's Digested Read summed it up pretty well. I should have had more capitals and italics in this review. Probably copy and pasted it a few times as well.

    21. Não deu para continuar, a escrita estava irritante e cansativa demais. Parece que o autor, na hora de pesquisar para o livro, fez anotações rápidas sobre os pontos principais e depois, ao invés de usar esses pontos para construir uma narrativa, decidiu publicar as anotações do jeito que estavam mesmo.

    22. A mystery man enters a bank and persuades the workers to drink a 'vaccine' which kills many of them before he leaves with a large sum of money.A couple of the sections in this book were fantastic / brilliant and some were deeply disturbing, but as a novel / account of various crimes I found it repetitive / too rambling.

    23. It's not often I can't finish a book, the last time was Patrick O'Briens opening shot of his Master & Commander saga, too many knots, too much naval technical trivia. Unfotunately this was a book I just could not finish, I tried forcing myself, 75% read seems rather late to give up, but to be honest, the prose ended up annoying me to almost the point of physical. I had expected interesting prose after reading Tokyo Year Zero, but this took experimentalism over the edge for my own tastes. The [...]

    24. David Peace is one of those authors whom I feel I ought to like, but whenever I've picked up one of his books, I just haven't been able to connect with it. I like British crime fiction, but just couldn't get into his Red Riding quartet. I picked this latest book of his (the second in his Tokyo trilogy) up because I find the period of American-occupied Japan pretty interesting, but once again, after 25 pages, I just couldn't take it any more, and I can't see myself picking it back up.The story is [...]

    25. In my review of this books predecessor (Tokyo Year Zero, I had a little rant about how much I admired Peace's ability to make crime (and its victims) matter. This book picks up on that theme early, with "The First Candle", written in the collective voice of victims of a mass killing:"Do we matter to you? Did we ever matter?Our mouths always screams,already screams, screamsthat mouth:You apathy is out disease; your apathy, a plague" (p.6) Notice a bit of repetition there? Just a smidge? Well hang [...]

    26. On January 26 1948 at around 3:30pm, a man walked into the Shiinamachi Teikoku bank in Tokyo. Claiming to be a doctor inoculating against dysentery, he proceed to administer a drug to everyone present. Within a handful of minutes more than a dozen people were dead or in serious condition. The man then disappeared with a large sum of the bank's money. A callous robbery that would lead the Japanese police on a chase through the shadowy underside of postwar Japan. A horrifying account of actual eve [...]

    27. In reading the NYTimes Book Review I was pretty damn sold on this book. Maybe if I had better realized it was classified as a "mystery" I would have gave it a miss.But who wouldn't want to read a book about a post WWII Japan man hunt involving poison, a bank heist, secret chemical warfare programs, all told with an intentional nod to Rashomon and noirs? Sounded right up my alley.Let's just say technique surely overshadows content in Peace's book. It's almost not a novel, the disjointed chapters [...]

    28. This is an unusual and challenging book, which has met with very mixed reviews. Peace is without doubt a unique talent, and his writing unlike that of any other novelist working today. The core of this book is a true life crime in post-war Tokyo, where a fake doctor administered cyanide to a group of bank employees and then robbed the bank. However, it is the style with which the story is told which is remarkable. Peace makes extensive use of the repetition which has become one of his trademarks [...]

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