Translated from the Japanese by Ralph McCarthy
It's just before New Year.In the Miso Soup reminded me of Out, with its violence and social commentary on urban loneliness, rampant consumerism, and moral corruption in modern-day Japan. What made it memorable, like Out, was that it went beyond the violence, and into the psychological aspect of what made the characters do what they did, and on the flip side, what they didn't do. A dark and unnerving tale, yet a compelling read with a great element of suspense- I was never sure what would happen next. This was my first time to read anything by Ryu Murakami but I'm curious now to try more.
Frank, an overweight American tourist, has hired Kenji to take him on a guided tour of Tokyo's nightlife on three successive evenings. But Frank's behaviour is so strange that Kenji begins to entertain a horrible suspicion: that his client may be in fact the killer currently terrorising the city...
My Rating: 3.5/5
(Interview with The Daily Yomiuri)