Parade In a crowded two bedroom apartment in Tokyo four Japanese twenty somethings are waiting for their lives to begin They have come from all over Japan bringing with them dreams of success and romance

  • Title: Parade
  • Author: Shūichi Yoshida
  • ISBN: 9780307454935
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a crowded two bedroom apartment in Tokyo, four Japanese twenty somethings are waiting for their lives to begin They have come from all over Japan, bringing with them dreams of success and romance, but life isn t exactly going as planned Kotomi waits by the phone for a boyfriend who never calls, Ryosuke is sleeping with his best friend s girlfriend, and Mirai s drinkinIn a crowded two bedroom apartment in Tokyo, four Japanese twenty somethings are waiting for their lives to begin They have come from all over Japan, bringing with them dreams of success and romance, but life isn t exactly going as planned Kotomi waits by the phone for a boyfriend who never calls, Ryosuke is sleeping with his best friend s girlfriend, and Mirai s drinking has become a serious problem Only Naoki, an aspiring filmmaker and the glue that keeps them all together, seems to be on the right track Meanwhile, their next door neighbors are up to something suspicious, and a mysterious attacker is terrorizing the neighborhood When a homeless teenager suddenly appears, his arrival sets off a chain of events that will bring to light dark secrets the tenants of Apt 401 have kept from one another and from themselves Parade from Shuichi Yoshida Japan s Stieg Larsson The Wall Street Journal , the wildly popular author of Villain is a shocking story of life in the big city.

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    1. Strangely discombobulatingFour young people are sharing a small flat in Tokyo, each having drifted there in a casual, unplanned way. Forced into a kind of physical intimacy by this living arrangement, each remains emotionally isolated and, as we discover, damaged to varying degrees by their pasts. Naoki is the eldest and something of a big brother figure to the rest - he originally shared the flat with his girlfriend, who left him for an older man but still pops back to visit and stay in the fla [...]

    2. I read this book back then in 2015 during an easy night shift on my job. A lot of free time and being away from civilization but still got internet connection, I randomly purchased it through my friend's Kindle. This is my first Shuichi Yoshida book, perhaps 'the strangest' Japanese author after Haruki Murakami for me. At the very least, this book did help me to stay awake.This book has a kinda slow-paced story, not kinda, slow-paced story that at some point you would start wondering 'where the [...]

    3. This was my first book by Shuichi Yoshida. As a matter of fact this was my first Japanese novel ever. I guess a part of me picked this book is because I'm kinda partial towards jap stuff butI kept trying to read it off for a very long time though. I really don't know how to start this review. Partly because this books was deep in a non-serious way but also kinda stupid or lame.Fist of all I'll talk about the plot. The plot was pretty much slow-paced one could say. Throughout most of the book I k [...]

    4. minor SPOILERS + RANT AHEAD ( don't worry, I've hidden the major ones ) One day, when I was at the book store, I was contemplating whether or not I should buy this book instead of Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. Both summaries were very appealing, as were their covers, however in the end there could be only one winner and that was Parade. Even before I brought this book to the counter, I went on to see if the reviews for this book were fairly okay just to be sure that I was making the right d [...]

    5. This is the second novel by Shuichi Yoshida which has been translated into English, following his hugely successful literary thriller, “Villain.” Parade looks at the lives of several young people who share an apartment in Tokyo. There is twenty one year old student, Ryosuke Sugimoto, unemployed twenty three year old Kotomi Okochi, who spends her time waiting for her boyfriend to phone, twenty four year old Mirai Soma, who manages a store, longs to become a successful illustrator and drinks t [...]

    6. This novel reminds me of "confessions" by Kanae Minato. Both novels are divided into sections, each narrated by a different character to give the reader an overview of the story from contrasting points of view. However, while "confessions" is serious with a dark tone, "parade" is lightly hearted and funny. I felt the synopsis on the back cover to be slightly puffed up. I was expecting the story to verge and develop into a sort of crime novel with a climax, but that never happened. This is rather [...]

    7. “I went on crying. The tears wouldn’t stop. It was like there was another me, totally separate, ignoring the real me, and crying like crazy.”I can’t think of a better description for what this book represents than this quote right here, up above this review, which I hope comes out sounding coherent. Parade by Shuichi Yoshida is a story about four distinctly different individuals who all reside in a small two-bedroom Tokyo apartment. How these four came to be together is a matter of happe [...]

    8. I did this again: bought a random book and started reading it without having any idea what it's all about. This is my first time reading Shuichi Yoshida's novel. The way he writes is smooth that I ended up spent my whole Sunday reading this book (after all I have nothing to do today).In the beginning of the book, there are two pages dedicated as the introduction of the characters: three guys and two girls living in a two bedroom apartment in suburb Tokyo.The story started from Ryosuke's point of [...]

    9. This is the first book by Yoshida that I've read and damn has it made an impression. It starts off with a gentle introduction to each of the five people who live together in an apartment in Tokyo but gradually we find that there is a lot more going on under the surface with events taking ever increasing turns into the dark side of the human condition. Despite having been translated into English the writing still flows well and seems to capture every aspect of the characters and events that follo [...]

    10. So about 80% of the book was a Japanese "Friends" setup. Then the disturbing ending was like a punch in the face. Completely did not see that coming.

    11. I initially expected the worst thing about this book to be merely that nothing much happens, as it's a slice-of-life story about modern urban people. But some details about the characters don't quite add up or are not explained clearly, and there are also other small inconsistencies within the storytelling (simple things like a TV being turned off before a character leaves a room, but in the next scene the TV is somehow on again in the empty room without explanation). Despite that I was actually [...]

    12. 故事的创意一般,但是写作手法真的很妙!我就是喜欢看这种生活琐碎,用了五个人称视角推进故事发展,你可以看到每个人的小心思秘密,以及外人对自己的看法。21岁男,大学生良介,他的这部分自述挺搞笑的,喜欢学长女友的,偷偷的地下恋情。家境一般被家里寄予厚望来东京上学23岁女,琴美,靠家里救济没有工作,和当红明星纠葛无奈的恋情,明星也有个拖油瓶老母2 [...]

    13. Thank you to Vintage Publishing for the eARC.Parade is the kind of book my friends would say is stereotypical of my reading habits – ‘set in Japan, not much happens and then it gets all weird’. While I wouldn’t say that Parade is ‘all weird’, there are a few kooky and creepy revelations in a novel that is character driven, rather than by plot. I love this kind of book, especially when it’s set in Japan. I don’t know why, but a big Japanese city location with characters that are f [...]

    14. An easy, breezy read until the ending, which is fucking fascinating and bumps the score up an entire star.

    15. Well-meaning but lazy booksellers seem to rejoice in filing this book in the crime section, which does both it and crime fiction a disservice. There is a crime, and it is fiction, but readers picking this up expecting something like Villian (a rather straight-forward police procedural except it's obvious who the murderer is and the reader almost sympathises with him) are bound to be disappointed. I took two tries to get past the kindle sample chapter for the same reason: I expected something els [...]

    16. I'll get this out of the way - I didn't like the ending. It didn't exactly come out of nowhere, but it felt as though it did. I also thought it was unnecessary, or could have been resolved in a different manner. But I dearly loved what came before it, that I couldn't bear to dock any stars for this. The novel is a look at 4 twenty-somethings in a Tokyo flat, none of who know each other too well, all, as another character describes them, "playing at being friends". You'd expect their lives to cha [...]

    17. 3.5 stars. Usually when you compare a book and its adaptation, the fact that in the book characters thoughts are articulated works in the book's favour. Here I felt the the opposite, the fact that in the film the characters are just present without narration really works in its favour.The adaptations also really sticks quite close to book overall so reading the book didn't expand the world and characters a lot. So yeah I'd recommend watching Parade by Isao Yukisada :)

    18. I loved "Villain" so much that when I saw there was a translation of another work by the author, I had to read it. I found this book compelling - even though there's not much going on, I wanted to keep reading to find out more about the characters. Except for Koto, it seems like each character is keeping something dark hidden, and the book doesn't entirely and clearly reveal anything. It's the sort of book where, having read to the end and seen everyone's perspective, I kind of want to go back a [...]

    19. This is a seriously odd book. It is, however, similar in style to other contemporary Japanese drama/thrillers I have read, so I don't think it is unique in it's odd style.The only way I can describe it is: A slice of life with sinister overtones punctuated by casual violence.The crimes are like a back story, a passing thing referenced but never dwealt upon, and I was almost surprised when they resumed focus. For example police knock at the door and are then forgotten, a character picks up a safe [...]

    20. The characters of the book are indeed the whole point of the narrative, and Parade delivers where it matters. Each one is unique in their approach and outlook, contributing to a ghostly, abstract whole which is never explicitly mentioned, though it is implied. Loneliness, alienation, inability to connect and truly know someone, all these are aspects of this spectral sum, and ultimately what Parade is all about. As I mentioned, there is a nominal narrative (with a mildly surprising but not cheap [...]

    21. The back blurb written that it was tense and disturbing but i didn't feel that way about this book-- except for Naoki's part but that was that. I love the book nevertheless. All 5 'parade', i actually fell for Ryosuke at first but then i thought Koto is cool, lovable and loyal while Satoru is a bit mysterious. I don't remember much about Mirai except that she knows how to draw and she loves alcohol (and that strange rape video).The connection and relationship between all 5- at a point, i kind of [...]

    22. A promising set-up: four young people who share a flat and seem to have nothing in common. Each is slightly off-kilter, dysfunctional, but not in a very obvious way. As a picture of disaffected youth, of the anonymity of city living, of friendships of the 'chatroom type' (even when people are living together) and of the darker side to Japanese society, it works perfectly. As a crime novel or even psychological thriller with a coherent story arc, it does not.I felt cheated by the rather abrupt en [...]

    23. I was expecting an all out crime novel but it was more like "friends" gone the usual japanesey weird way. I felt the tension only towards its last few pages.

    24. I've never read any of Shuuchi Yoshida's works before (all two of his translated novels), and I actually wanted his other novel, Villain but decided upon looking at the preview that Parade might be more my speed for a first book. It's hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud at most of Ryosuke's and Mirai's chapters, there's just a lot of absurdity there, the kind that you get from people who have hit rock bottom and can only laugh it off. I actually loved all of the characters; they're a col [...]

    25. My journey through faintly baffling Japanese fiction continues. This novel caught my eye with its promise of an insight into the dislocation and atomisation of modern Japanese society. And yet, once again, it has turned out to be one of those books that rather frustrates me: a study of the pointlessness of contemporary life, and the strange dynamics of communal living. In a small apartment in Tokyo, four flatmates have built up a delicate modus vivendi. Brought together by chance, they hang out, [...]

    26. I kinda don't get this book. Judging from the synopsis, I thought I signed myself up for a thrilling crime fiction story but nope. All I got were insights into the lives of 5 odd and disappointingly unlikable characters.I noticed one of the difference between Japanese authors and Western authors are their choice of characters. Western characters tend to be more. crowd pleasers who are sometimes a little bit too shallow, whereas your Japanese characters are on the complete opposite side of the sp [...]

    27. This is a metropolitan novel about nothingness. Everything isalmost,kind of,about, which leads to the miserable and painful status of having the world revolving before your eyes without even counting as a person, the status ofwhatever . The youngsters submerged in the crowded Tokyo of Parade - a Chitose darkish life story - all live in an apartment that is not supposed to be for them, they're sort of friends but not really, more acquaintances, they don't have clear projects/perspectives, they pr [...]

    28. I'm speechless about this book. Four different individually shares two bedroom flat in Tokyo. Each of them have different background and personality. Then along came the fifth stranger shows up in their house and eventually becomes their housemates. Parade is not a thrilling tale as what' the cover promises, but it's about "Japanese" housemates lives together and hang out together; without revealing their true selves. At one point of time, you'll feel as though you are reading their personal dia [...]

    29. Five young people, live together in a two bedroom apartment in Tokyo. How they all end up there together is a string of random events. Over the course of around six months, we read a view of each person from their perspective.This is a tale of the detached way some people live when sharing living accommodation. Non of them were friends before moving into the apartment so they only know what they have been told. How well do we really know anyone, especially when you just invite people in your hom [...]

    30. Maybe because I read this just after finishing a Higashino detective novel, I was expecting a mystery/case that surrounds the five main characters. Well, maybe it was also propelled by the synopsis: "In the next-door apartment something disturbing is going on. And outside, in the streets around their apartment block, there is violence in the air." But actually, this novel is just about five seemingly normal urbanites with their own problems, without any particular plotline, nor a definite conclu [...]

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