Villain

Villain

Book - 2010
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"January 6, 2002. The body of a female insurance saleswoman is found in the southernmost region of Japan, at a spot rumored to be a home to ghosts. Shortly thereafter Yuichi, a young construction worker, is arrested by the Nagasaki police on suspicion of murder..."--from publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2010
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780307378873
030737887X
Branch Call Number: F YOSHI-S
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Gabriel, Philip 1953-

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StarGladiator
Jan 12, 2018

Wow! Shūichi Yoshida writes powerful literature!
Boxes within boxes; character studies within character studies.
[Fantastic translation by Prof. Philip Gabriel.]

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june_hope
Oct 18, 2016

The title and the description suggest a criminal thriller or a detective story; the book is neither. This is more a psychological study of the characters before and after the actual crime than a novel. The story is already known: "a woman is murdered and a construction worker is arrested..." The portraits of main characters are fine and alive. Mr. Yoshida creates a suspense that is not resolved with the last dot in the book. A reader can just guess who was the actual murderer. There are too many and no options at the same time. The book is a great example of Japanese literature; it portrays perfectly modern Japanese life outside of big cities. The story is very short, and it could be a fine read during long winter that's coming.

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UncutPiano9
Jul 08, 2013

A very fine novel. Even though there is no doubt about where the guilt lies in this story of murder, Yoshida focuses on the relationships and personal motivations of all of the participants. This makes for a deliciously complicated situation where, seemingly, no complication existed before. Highly recommended.

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