Book Review ~ “In The Miso Soup”

Title: In The Miso Soup
Author: Ryu Murakami
Genre: Fiction
Rating Out of Five: 4

About an american man who goes to Japan and hires a man named Kenji to be his guide through the sleazy night life of Tokyo. His arrival, and behaviour, coincides with several recent killings in the area and it makes Kenji suspicious of him. It isn’t until later that Kenji realizes how scared he should be or how dire his situation will become.


A rather twisted and strange read but that is kind of just how I like my stories. A touch effed up and has the main character relating more to the antagonist towards the end and not their own moral compass. I found that really interesting because most stories finish with all the ends tied up and good triumphs, at least most of the time. I like books that aren’t like that, it makes them feel more realistic.

It is fairly graphic in terms of the description of violence and gore. So maybe skip this book if that isn’t stuff you like as part of your reading experience. And, honestly, the story is told from the point of view of Kenji, who is essentially, a guide for tourists that want to explore the sex life of Tokyo so the story is already kind of gritty without the graphic-ness.

This book actually reminded me of the book “Snuff” by Chuck Palahniuk or, at least, the graphic nature and strangeness of it.

I am going to have to do some searching to find more of this authors stuff because I would definitely like to read more by Ryu Murakami.
Worth a read if you like strange, gore-ish, twisted stores!

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