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Let’s play that record again for clues. There were certain scenes which definitely were spooky and interesting, characters were well structured, the setting of Toxitown was really appreciable, but this one’s not a page turner.

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coinn After I had heard that Ryu Murakami had written a book about new-born babies abandoned in train station coin lockers, I began researching where these artists may have got their inspiration from. Coin Locker Babies is so dark and desperate that I thought it better if I didn’t read it for a while. Writing is hard stories about orphans in a fucked up town I called “Bikini Town” that was an awful lot like Toxitown area of Tokyo in this book, complete with radioactive town dump I was disappointed by how little Toxitown actually features in this book.

Murakami’s first work, the short novel Almost Transparent Blue, written while he was still a student, deals with promiscuity and drug use among disaffected Japanese youth.

And on that note the party broke up,” That’s the world. Although desperate to find their mothers who abandoned them, they seem to have little involvement babjes their environment.

It’s not as easy as you’d think it’d be to find them again.

When the book starts with words “the woman started sucking baby’s penis and it was smaller than cigarettes that she was smoking Both abandoned by heir mothers in bus station coin lockers as infants, the two are discovered and sent to the same orphanage, where they become inseparable. I have enjoyed reading this even though at times it did feel a tad long winded.


He is sentenced to five years in prison. It seems to me all is calm until one runs away and they become separated. And I’m never going to go back to my shitty regular life again.

Your Basket There is nothing in your basket. While Kiku is in prison, Hashi’s music career grows, but he starts going mad from the stress, eventually trying to kill Neva to try and hear the sound he heard as a child.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Although I am tempted to rate this book five stars, the middle did loose its stamina a little.

Wham bam, thank you, ma’m! Separated for a while, both boys gravitate to Tokyo, where they are reunited in Toxitown, a haven for freaks and hustlers. Eating fat cures homosexuality.

It read a lot, in fact, like an earlier, more convoluted iteration of Popular Hits of the Showa Erathough the nihilism was less cheerful and the humor mostly absent. No personality, no long-term goals. There was a lot happening here. By the end of the first sentence you’d know what sort of book this might turn out to be, if you can’t stomach the first sentence then you should definitely skip this one. Like most myths, they are based loosely on fact.

We were both coin locker babies you know. I love Ryu Murakami.


I already knew that Ryu Murakami likes to delve into areas that most readers would find uncomfortable, but Coin Locker Babies leaps head first into a socio-psychological pool of toxics that will probably send most readers running for the relative safety of Fifty Shades of Gray. Murakami doesn’t blink when a character sticks a knife into babeis pregnant wife’s protruding belly.


Well, I thought that was a bit peculiar, so I did some asking around and found out those Filipino girls keeps the frogs as sort of special pets, real special. An adaptation directed by Michele Civetta is currently in production. No wonder he had murder in his heart.

Tony’s Reading List: ‘Coin Locker Babies’ by Ryu Murakami (Review)

Those things are in the novel, but the novel is more about the destructive, terrifying lives of the cion and their alienation from life and themselves. Both of their obsessions – Hashi’s with sound and Kiku’s with his mother, only throw them deeper into their madness until they are barely relateable as human any longer.

Bitterness, hate, weeds llcker too close together in a garden of vipers and feral dogs. Did Hashi and Kiku’s mothers sell them out by leaving them in those lockers? Both boys become wards of the Cherryfield Orphanage in Yokohamawhere the tough and athletic Kiku comes to the defense of the slight, and often picked on, Hashi. There would also be two hundred threads like this: Clogs up the pipes and I have to clean it out by hand. Did anything good ever happen?

They are brought up mufakami a GOOD orphanage and are well-provided for, even taken on trips and given presents. In the orphanage where they end up they naturally drift toward each other, get locoer and grow up as brothers.