Coin Locker Babies [Ryu Murakami, Stephen Snyder] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A surreal coming-of-age tale that establishes Ryu. Coin Locker Babies is Ryu Murakami’s cult cyperpunk novel. Two babies are left in a Tokyo station coin locker and survive against the odds, but. Ryu Murakami is known for the sex-drugs-and-violence style of his fiction and ” Coin Locker Babies” has it all. Coin Locker Babies.
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Abandoned at birth in adjacent train station lockers, two troubled boys spend their youth in an orphanage and with foster parents on a semi-deserted island before finally setting off for the city to find and destroy the women who first rejected them. Bo A surreal coming-of-age tale that establishes Ryu Murakami as one of the most inventive young writers in the world today. Both are drawn to an area of freaks and hustlers called Toxitown.
One becomes a bisexual rock singer, star of this exotic demimonde, while the other, a pole vaulter, seeks his revenge in the company of his girlfriend, Anemone, a model who has converted her condominium into a tropical swamp for her pet crocodile. Together and apart, their journey from a hot metal box to a stunning, savage climax is a brutal funhouse ride through the eerie landscape of late-twentieth-century Japan.
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To ask other readers questions about Coin Locker Babiesplease sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [is seriously no one else even approaching a discussion on the first freaking line of this book, where some woman sucks an infant’s cock? See 1 question about Coin Locker Babies…. Lists with This Book. I had been wondering where my cat was when the phone rang. It was my brother who was now living as a woman in some part of Tokyo which recently had like a nuclear attack, as far as I remember, but don’t quote me.
I told him there was no point in ringing me any more as we were now living in the same room together. We were both coin locker babies you know. Most of us coin locker babies asphyxiate horribly in a few hours but a few of us get rescued and that was me and my brother so we were like cool and weird.
So bbabies I found my brother in the nuclear slag pile and noticed straight away that he was wearing make up and a dress and had fake breasts and high heels on so while he was out queening around with the weirdos I picked up the novel I was reading.
It was a long one by a not especially modish Japanese writer called Ryu Murakami. The only positive thing was that I never thought for a moment about paying my electricity bill. View all 24 comments. Aug 29, Marvin rated it it was amazing Shelves: I already knew that Ryu Murakami likes to delve clin 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.
I found it to be a surreal mixture of horror, social commentary and dark comedy that never 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. I found it to be a surreal mixture of horror, social commentary and dark comedy that never let up locler kept me dubiously entertained until the very bizarre end.
The plot involves two boys in an orphanage that muraksmi abandoned as infants and found in bus mugakami coin lockers. I’ve been told that this was actually a real problem in Japan in the 80s. Voin are adopted together and become like brothers with a common goal of finding their mothers and xoin them. Eventually them both end up in Tokyo with one becoming a cross-gendered rock star and the other taking up with a model with a crocodile obsession.
The novel takes many detours often straying into back stories about the minor characters with exquisite detail. Much of Murakami’s description of fictional parts of Tokyo, like an area called Toxitown, borders on the fantastical yet the plot murakani depressingly mired in reality. I became very attached to the coin locker babies, Kiku and Tashi, who are both forbidding and likable.
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Mirakami reviewers complained that the author sidetracked into rambles often yet I found his descriptive detours always entertaining gyu always adding something to the story. Of Murakami’s novels, I see this as being his current masterpiece. While In The Miso Soup may be the more babjes and possibly even more shocking, Coin Locker Babies is his most involving novel combining the dark comedy of Miso Soup with the stream of consciousness of Almost Transparent Blue.
Is Coin Locker Babies the one to start with? But if you find yourself liking his other novels of insanity and horror, you should love this one. View all 4 baboes. Jun 27, Mariel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: It’s the sound of a coin dropping. It’s so loud you could hear a lot of dimes that you get for all the times shitty stuff happens.
Those dimes can buy a chinese finger trap of societal problems, or a coloring book. The sound of a baby wailing. The moms aren’t going about their business and pissing off everybody else because they have left them in the coin lockers in the train stations of Japan.
That’s WAY worse than the parents who leave their kids in libraries or toy stores and expect the emplo It’s the sound of a coin dropping.
That’s WAY worse than the muralami who leave their kids in libraries or toy stores and expect the employees there to watch their kids.
Chinese finger trap, I said? I feel some pity for the baby I feel more pity for the bored kid without even a stinking coloring book and more pity for my ears picking up the kocker of forced responsibility in forced reception of the misery of others. Lassie found little orphan Timmy in the well. The smell of vomit and talcum makes a glue that sticks in the nostrils and in the toes stepping on the coast to coast of the ghost you love the most. Sniffing model glue and getting high on rain dances and sacrificing small animals.
Hashi was on the serial killer path. Maybe his mom was a prostitute too. What do you do if you don’t know where you came from? You could have two out of three serial killer signs. No wonder he had murder in his heart. Put a stethoscope to the heart and it goes like this muuur That’s what the doctors call a heart murmur.
The locker combination to Kiku’s heart is voice recognizable. Living on an island Hashi’s murmur says that yes, a man can be an island. Say it again with feeling! Bitterness, hate, weeds growing too close together in a garden of vipers and feral dogs.
The cat is in the cradle and the silver spoon in the mouth or something. Cat Stevens became somebody else. Hashi destroys without creating and pretends there was a silver spoon in his mouth locekr of a plated coin. Babiez Japanese coloring book I’m not making this up for the sake of a goodreads review.
I honestly have a Japanese language coloring book says jump! Kiku the pole vaulter leaps the pages to find his brother.
Sticks, stones and names hurt. We were going to grow up and enact revenge on Japan for what our mothers did! Revenge on people like Mariel who silently pray for that baby to shut the hell up already.
We’re gonna make her eat nasty eggplant. I’m not being weird, I swear. Kiku really does want to kill Japan with poison extracted from a special kind of eggplant. Eggplant is bad enough already! When I was a weird kid I wrote well, mostly they were verbal.
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 muraakmi I was disappointed by how little Toxitown actually features in this book. It’d stroke my ego a bit to read something that reminded me of how perverted young me was. It is hard to be unoriginal, I tell you.
Coin Locker Babies beat me by several years. That’s the gabies of me sighing with the pain of being unoriginal. Maybe the radioactive vibes carried on the air to my ears. I used to “visit” Ryu Murakami’s books back babiess my town had actual bookstores that weren’t dropping off like the dead flies with the faces of Hashi’s potential murder victims. It was in the back of mind to read him, I swear. Right next to some perversions ’cause that’s what the back of the mind is for. I did see Audition years ago.
I’m pretty sure that I liked it. The book jacket says it’s about a bisexual glam rocker ruling over Toxitown and a pole vaulter and his crocodile loving model girlfriend.
Those things are in the book but it isn’t what Murakami was trying to masturbate like the reader was his glockenspiel and xylophone and keytar all in one Dick Van Dyke’s dick I mean vabies. Hit the right note, that is. You know how tough it is to be a rapper who butters your bread with the selling power of the fat of the streets and then the margarine isn’t the same as the butter because cokn not fatty enough and just imitation pain?