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Two babies are left in a Tokyo station coin locker and survive against the odds, but their lives are forever tainted by this inauspicious start. As they grow up, they join the ranks of Toxitown: a district of addicts, freaks and prostitutes. One becomes a bisexual rock star and looks for his mother, while the other one, an athlete, seeks revenge. This savage and stunning story unfolds in a surrealistic whirl of violence.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1129 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pushkin Press (28 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BQAVA34
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

bonkers – just what you’d expect from murakami

 on 4 July 2016
By snaky352000
If you like his other work you’ll love this and if you want to read some alternative japanese fiction for the first time you’ll do no wrong with this…then read miso soup!!

Five Stars

 on 5 August 2016
By C Allen
Interesting book worth reading if you like books with a good imagination

amazing

 on 9 November 2013
By Asprilla
Having read all of Murakami`s other books, this his first i believe i read last, and it is probably his best? difficult to say as i love Piercing also, but this book is a psychedelic onslaught on the brain, every page is dripping with detail, and Murakami takes you to some amazing places, so descriptive, nothing is lost in translation, this book you will not be able to put down! As far as telling you what its about, nah, read it yourself!

A thrilling ride!

 on 17 June 2016
By keen reader
If you have never read Ryu Murakami before then you are in for a treat and fear not, his work more than lives up to the standard set by his fellow Japanese namesake. Although originally published in Japan back in 1980 this book still remains fresh and relevant in 2016. He writes beautifully and this is a thumping great epic of a read!

This is like Dickens and Kafka with a smattering of William S

 on 10 February 2018
By Closely Observed
I was rummaging around the spare classroom at my school in Japan one day when I found this modern classic of freak-o Japanese fiction. It’s one of the strangest, most scintillating books I’ve ever read, and is very, very difficult to summarise.

A brilliant and thrilling book.

 on 10 July 2016
By Jolene
This book – what an imagination! Murakami Ryu is one of my favourite writers, he is truly brilliant. Unlike the Western books of the genre which are almost all the same, this book will be such an interesting read for you, as it is unlike anything. You will know from the first sentence of the book if Murakami Ryu is for you or not – he is a true rebel.

Coin Locker Babies

 on 4 September 2013
By gnat
I’ve read a few of Ryu Murakami’s books – I liked them all but they were all too short.

Weird, stylised and intriguing modern fiction

 on 4 February 2002
By L. C. Jones
In the 1970s there developed in Japan a very disturbing trend whereby young mothers would abandon newborn babies in coinlockers. Most of the babies died. Coin Locker Babies is the story of two who survive. Adopted and raised as brothers, their lives are, nevertheless, fated to diverge quite alarmingly and not entirely happily. The bulk of the novel is set in a semi-real Tokyo, the surreal addition being the existence of ‘Toxitown’, an area so polluted that the authorities relocated all its residents and shut it off from the outside world, only for the underclasses to move in and set up residence. The underbelly of Tokyo is suddenly concentrated in one location and a fair chunk of the action takes place here. Murukami, one of Japan’s most renowned modern authors, considers much of the weirdness and conflict of modern Japan, with a particular emphasis on sexuality (bisexuality and homosexuality receiving far more treatment than any other Japanese novel I have read, and certainly portrayed as far more open and prevalent than is actually the case in contemporary Japan), but there is a strong surreal and psychological streak to the work. Coin Locker Babies contains much that is entertaining, even educational, but is, in the end, a tragedy with a somewhat abrupt ending that will probably leave most readers faintly dissatisfied, a sentiment one is rather unhappy with, given the overall excellence of the bulk of the work. Recommended, nevertheless.
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