- Author: Ryu Murakami
- Translator: Ralph McCarthy
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
- Published: June 2010
- ISBN-10: 039333841X
- ISBN-13: 9780393338416
- Format: Paperback
- Copyright: 2009
- Subject: FICTION-GENERAL
Middle-aged widower Aoyama has lived alone with his son for a number of years. He recruits a filmmaker friend for a scheme that will help him land the perfect woman; they create a casting call for a movie they don't plan to make, and soon they are facing hundreds of ré;;;;;;;;;;sumé;;;;;;;;;;s and interviews. They roll up their sleeves and start screening each woman. Unfortunately, Aoyama is fixated on one beautiful ballerina, Yamasaki Asami. Although there is mention of her sordid past, Aoyama isn't fazed, and he doesn't take the time to understand the subtle but dark history of his new love. By the time he realizes that she isn't the innocent he had fallen for, Yamasaki has already drawn him into her depravity. In a shocking turn of events, the two face off in a garish finish. VERDICT This dynamic novel—adapted into the cult classic movie of the same name in 1999—by Murakami, winner of Japan's prestigious literary Akutagawa Prize, moves at breakneck speed and spirals out of control. Not for the squeamish, this is a book you won't put down...until it's too late. Recommended for most libraries, especially in urban locations, with Asian and foreign-film fans.—Ron Samul, New London, CT
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