Popular Hits of the Showa Era

Popular Hits of the Showa Era In his most irreverent novel yet Ryu Murakami creates a rivalry of epic proportions between six aimless youths and six tough as nails women who battle for control of a Tokyo neighborhood At the outse

  • Title: Popular Hits of the Showa Era
  • Author: Ryū Murakami Ralph McCarthy
  • ISBN: 9780393338423
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Paperback
  • In his most irreverent novel yet, Ryu Murakami creates a rivalry of epic proportions between six aimless youths and six tough as nails women who battle for control of a Tokyo neighborhood At the outset, the young men seem louche but harmless, their activities limited to drinking, snacking, peering at a naked neighbor through a window, and performing karaoke The six auntIn his most irreverent novel yet, Ryu Murakami creates a rivalry of epic proportions between six aimless youths and six tough as nails women who battle for control of a Tokyo neighborhood At the outset, the young men seem louche but harmless, their activities limited to drinking, snacking, peering at a naked neighbor through a window, and performing karaoke The six aunties are fiercely independent career women When one of the boys executes a lethal ambush of one of the women, chaos ensues The women band together to find the killer and exact revenge In turn, the boys buckle down, study physics, and plot to take out their nemeses in a single blast Who knew that a deadly gang war could be such fun Murakami builds the conflict into a hilarious, spot on satire of modern culture and the tensions between the sexes and generations.

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    1. I never would have thought so just by looking at it, but I believe this is what I've been looking for. It's offbeat and familiar and hideous and alluring in perfect balance. It's the literary love of my life.When I showed Scott Fitzgerald the divorce papers, he was like "Really, Katie? For a 200-page Japanese novel from 1994?""It was just translated to English last year," I told him, a single tear sliding down my cheek.

    2. This is a really fun read, yet very different to the other Ryu Murakami book I have read, Piercing. PHotSE sits further toward the "light entertainment" end of the spectrum, but I enjoyed it very much all the same. The storyline centres around two groups of very dysfunctional people: a group of young men who are socially retarded, and a group of catty, self-absorbed 30-40ish women (oba-sans). In both cases, the members are disconnected from each other as well as society. When war erupts between [...]

    3. This book is awesome!I picked it up expecting a daft switch-off read, and that's exactly what I was provided with, and a whole lot more :-)Best way to describe it:The only other Ryū Murakami book I read was Piercing, which is more of an intimate psychological study, whereas this book is clearly overblown fun and contrasting the two books really shows his versatility as an author.Funny, crazy, and better yet, probably some parable for modern Japanese society that I don't really care to investiga [...]

    4. The Book Report: Six dreadfully bored, dreadfully sociopathic young twentysomething men find each other, and for want of anything better to do, start hanging out. They drink, they eat, they talk at but not to each other, and no one bothers to listen because no one has anything to say that means any-damn-thing in the others' solipsistic brainiverses.Six dreadfully bored, dreadfully ugly and unloving, unloved thirtysomething women find each other, and for want of anything better to do, start hangi [...]

    5. This is it. The blackest black comedy I've ever read. Goddamn is it brutal, and funny. And it's amazing how Ryu Murakami made me care about two very Japanese subcultures that I previously had no idea about.

    6. ”Numai criminalii mai au sens în zilele noastre” - spune un personaj care tocmai ce și-a înfipt cuțitul într-o mătușică de treizeci și ceva de ani.Această crimă pornește conflictul dintre tinerii iubitori de karaoke în aer liber care râd din senin și a proasta și mătușicile de 30 și ceva de ani, divorțate, cu pielea fleoșcăită, cu viețile în pioneze și cu apetitul sexual uitat prin vreo plasă la un supermarket.Aceasta este intepretarea lui Ryu Murakami la războiul [...]

    7. Puerile and violent. Should be five stars from me then. The plot is an absurd face off between six nerds and an equal number of "aunties" - unmarried ladies in their thirties -which descends into a maelstrom of death and chaos. The action escalates until a fuel air bomb takes out a whole district of Tokyo.Not sure why but this just didn't grab me. I think it was because Murakami tries too hard to be wacky. It may be the translation - who knows.

    8. I think that I have read enough Ryu Murakami at this point to safely consider myself a connoisseur without sounding like too much of an asshole. This Japanese horror writer always manages to tickle my gag reflex or give me school bus giggles. He is lurid. He is inventive. He is hilarious. However, if I wasn't a Murakami-sseur, I'm not sure his most-recently translated to English novella "Popular Hits of the Showa Era" would inspire the sort of supple roots, oaky after taste-style of fandom I've [...]

    9. Ovo je bilo baš zabavno! I krvavo, bogme. Mirikamija sam zavoleo zahvaljujući romanima "U miso supi" i "Audicija". "Karaoke strave" su me razonodile, mada, da se ne lažemo, roman ima u sebi i dosta toga istinski uznemirujućeg. Posebno mi je zanimljivo što Murakami u ovom romanu ima kolektivnog junaka. To se retko sreće.Za City Magazine sam napisao prikaz, pa pročitajte: citymagazine/clanak/prikaz-

    10. This is an extremely dark comedy, focusing on two groups; the first young men in their twenties to early thirties who sing karaoke and talk without listening to each other. The second set is a group of middle-aged women, who sing karaoke and talk without listening to each other. Notice a pattern? Good because these two groups act the same, but follow a different thought process as to why they act this way.Murder brings them together. After one of the young men senselessly murders one of the wome [...]

    11. "They always say that when human beings are extinct, the only living thing left will be the cockroach, but that's bullshit. It's the Oba-san" (Oba-san refers to middled aged women in Japan)This totally irreverent, violent and somewhat bizarre novel has some incredibly funny moments. A group of young males, misfits in their own right, gather weekly for a party in Nobue's apartment to drink, giggle hysterically, munch on snacks, lust after a woman in an apartment across the street and put on costu [...]

    12. Popular Hits of the Showa Era is the story of surreal conflict between two groups of the marginalized in the Japan of the late '80s. It starts as the tale of a group of dissolute young men, who have taken to gathering together once a week for what might charitably called parties, at which they interact very little yet still feel some sense of camaraderie. A chance encounter on the streets leads to a conflict with another group of outcasts. These are six women in the thirties, all divorcees, who [...]

    13. Ludo zabavno, ako volite uvrnut humor.Elem, na jednoj strani su šestorica bilmeza u ranim dvadesetim. Pojma nemaju šta bi sa sobom. Povremeno se sastanu, piju, jedu, zveraju u zgodnu komšinicu, arlauču (kao, karaoke). Na drugoj strani je grupica razvedenih žena u tridesetim. Ni one pojma nemaju šta bi sa sobom, sastaju se povremeno, jedu, piju, pričaju svaka za sebeIz čista mira, bilmez na ulici ubije razvedenu ženu. Njene prijateljice se svete. Njegovi prijatelji se svete. Nabavljaju s [...]

    14. I initially had this dim notion the review would be some sort of thing about societal abandonment and meaning, blah blah, replete with A Clockwork Orange references, blah blah blah, but with as much forthright and hilarious nihilism as this novel has, I just can't.It would be criminal.Instead, I offer you the soundtracks to the first and final chapters: "Season of Love" and "Until We Meet Again".Oh, Ryū Murakami, I think I love you.

    15. Honestly: Just sort of a stupid, seemingly pointless little novel-- and crass to boot. The prose is clumsy, and the story-- about a group of terminally bored Japanese who turn to shocking acts of violence and terrorism as their one source of real engagement with the world-- fails to make any substantive point or even be entertaining, feeling instead like a sort of "exploitation" story, only devoid of any style or humor. To give you an idea of how dumb this book is: There are multiple scenes that [...]

    16. When it comes to contemporary Japanese lit the name that often rises to the top is Murakami and that position is well deserved. Less well known though is another Murakami, Ryu Murakami. This Murakami is however a very different beast from Haruki Murakami. This Murakami is one slick, sick individual. RMs books are bleak, dark, subversive and at times laugh out loud funny. Not for everyone this but hey if you want something outside of your normal comfort zone this is it.

    17. „Karaoke strave“ je treća (ostale su „Plavo, gotovo prozirno“ i „U miso supi“) i po mom mišljenju najbolja knjiga Rjua Murakamija (Onog Drugog Murakamija, kako volim da ga vikam) koju sam do sada pročitao.U pitanju je snažan i satiričan prikaz savremenog (japanskog) društva, sa veoma britkim i duhovitim opaskama kako samih junaka tako i naratora. Elem, roman prati grupu od šestoro momaka, mi bi rekli luzera (i očiglednih pičkopaćenika), koji ne mogu da pronađu bilo kakav s [...]

    18. This is an absurd comic novel and cultural satire set just after the completion of the Showa Era, which refers to the reign of Emperor Hirohito from 1926-1989. The first set of main characters are six young men, who are each nihilistic misfits that have been largely abandoned by their families and the larger society, but find common ground in each other and a shared interest in mindless violence and an elaborate and somewhat disturbing karaoke ritual. If you can visualize a group of Beavis & [...]

    19. D'habitude je suis client des romans de Ryū Murakami. Ils se déroulent souvent dans un japon désenchanté en proie à la violence gratuite. Il ose choquer et raconter des histoires sordides qui font réagir. Ce roman n'échappe pas à la règle puisque la violence est à peu près le seul thème du livre. Le vide laissé volontairement à côté de celle-ci met en exergue le non sens de l'existence, du nihilisme pur. Pour en revenir à l'histoire, il s'agit pour schématiser d'un gros règlem [...]

    20. LOVED this book. The writing is really well done, from the character buildup, to the noticeable changes in style to go along with each character's personality (especially the crazed Ishihara), to the vivid descriptions, to just the overall concept of an escalating blood feud between a group of thirty-somethings Japanese housewives and a group of twenty-somethings apparently deranged and lunatic deadbeat guys. Oh and it's a feud that ends with an entire city being burned. What's not to love about [...]

    21. Frankly, I'm not quite sure how I feel about this one. On one hand the lurid absurdity of the entire epic battle between 6 male 20-somethings and 6 female mid to late 30 y/os does appeal to my love of over the top shock fiction. However, it is almost too ridiculous in its unbelievablity that its comment on social groups leaves nothing to be analyzed. Granted that very well be the point. It certainly pushes stereotypes to the limits and beyond. I'd be hard pressed to say I didn't enjoy it and hon [...]

    22. Translated by Ralph McCarthy in an arrestingly stilted, surreal way (with an almost fansub-like reliance upon, and reference to, Japanese honorifics, pet names and the occasional bit of leftover vocabulary that I managed to take in stride but I could imagine being a little off-putting to someone unfamiliar with the language) this might be the strangest Ryū Murakami book I've yet read. The back of the American edition, at least, holds rather massive spoilers, considering the book is fairly short [...]

    23. Peguei o livro para ler por tédio ou por querer ver mais coisa da literatura japonesa, não lembro. A prosa deste Murakami é um pouco diferente e me foi difícil de acompanhar no começo, mas logo fui entendendo o enredo e a proposta e não parou mais. Achei surpreendente. O conflito das obasans com os jovens delinquentes foi algo que não esperava, os personagens são interessantes e simpáticos (mesmo quando não são) e a escrita diferente do Ryu Murakami é bem única. O final realmente me [...]

    24. A true novel of Murakami Ryu, full with noise and fury. The history is completely improbable. 6 thirty year old women make the war with 6 post-teenagers. That finishes with blow of bazooka in a quasi destruction of Tokyo.It is a kind of exercise of style, a literary manga often (involuntarily) funny. Murakami is able to write in a classical way with success as in Raffles hotel. But it is in excess and baroque disproportion he takes all his scale. This novel is one of his best.

    25. Uh, ne znam šta da kažem :-)Likovi su toliko "pomereni" da sam s vremena na vreme imao problem da ih prihvatim :-) I radnja je više nego čudna, posebno kraj.U svakom slučaju, ako hoćete nešto drugačije - čitajte.

    26. Dark comedy done right. Witticism bordering on nonsense interweaved with gore - this read was almost self-indulgent for me.

    27.               Okay, the rundown is as follows: This is a wonderful satire of two groups of disaffected people who somehow find their way in the world through karaoke and murdering each other. While this is well-written, it's more about the relationships between the two groups, whose dwindling members are experiencing life and bringing each other closer by slowly picking off the other side. The murders are a very small part of it. The characters are overly-cartoonish and sociopathic, but [...]

    28. Ryu Murikami has something of a cult following. Having read Popular Hits of the Showa Era, I am worried about the nature of this cult. The title is a wonderful joke and the premise has promise. The execution is too many executions. Just how bloody can droll be before the comedy is drained out dark comedy. The fall back case for too many books like this is that it is a commentary on these terrible times, or a satire of the Russia/US Arms race. Popular Hits is not focused enough or logical enough [...]

    29. Read Harder Challenge 2017 #13: Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location There’s one word to described this piece in Japanese, 気違い. It’s crude but I can’t think another that befitting. It’s absurdity could drown you into a dark tale with a touch of humor. It mention how Japanese people tend to mind their own business. It also tell about bonds that could be form only because of a silly reason. I dislike the way the oba-san portrayed. And out of spite, I was a [...]

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