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By Stephen Snyder

A surreal coming-of-age story that establishes Ryu Murakami as probably the most creative younger writers on this planet this day.

Abandoned at beginning in adjoining educate station lockers, afflicted boys spend their formative years in an orphanage and with foster mom and dad on a semi-deserted island earlier than ultimately surroundings off for town to discover and break the ladies who first rejected them. either are attracted to a space of freaks and hustlers referred to as Toxitown. One turns into a bisexual rock singer, megastar of this unique demimonde, whereas the opposite, a pole vaulter, seeks his revenge within the corporation of his female friend, Anemone, a version who has switched over her apartment right into a tropical swamp for her puppy crocodile.

Together and aside, their trip from a sizzling steel field to a beautiful, savage climax is a brutal funhouse journey during the eerie panorama of late-twentieth-century Japan.

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