Nan Core What if everything you thought you knew about your family was a lie A young man makes a shocking discovery while visiting his parents home Along with a purse and a lock of hair that may have belonged

  • Title: Nan-Core
  • Author: Mahokaru Numata Jonathan Lloyd-Davies
  • ISBN: 9781939130921
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What if everything you thought you knew about your family was a lie A young man makes a shocking discovery while visiting his parents home Along with a purse and a lock of hair that may have belonged to his recently deceased mother, Ryosuke finds three journals with notes that seem to be the confessions of a murderer.Now, he has to figure out what s fact, what s fictionWhat if everything you thought you knew about your family was a lie A young man makes a shocking discovery while visiting his parents home Along with a purse and a lock of hair that may have belonged to his recently deceased mother, Ryosuke finds three journals with notes that seem to be the confessions of a murderer.Now, he has to figure out what s fact, what s fictiond who are these people he s called Mom and Dad.

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    1. I chose this item to review because it was listed as an LGBT title. I also found a brief description of it online that included this statement - "Nan-Core is at its heart a detective story, but its regular incursions into Japan's LGBT community mark it out as a vivid and unusual offering."Well, let me set the record straight (pun intended), there is absolutely no LGBT content in this novel. None. Whatsoever.Now that I've cleared that up, I'll commence with my review.The first 80% of this book is [...]

    2. Since I read CONFESSIONS I've been looking for more Iyamisu that's been translated into English. Sadly, this is one of the only ones I could find. Iyamisu is a Japanese subgenre of thrillers that explores the darkest parts of human nature, and this one certainly qualifies.For American readers, most Japanese fiction will feel overly formal and almost clunky at first and it can take a while to acclimate. I don't know if it's the writing or the translation, but in this book it was worse than usual, [...]

    3. An intriguing premise bogged down by predictable plotting (the twist is easy to figure out within the first third of the novel), and a somewhat unintelligent main character,* whose problems are solved for him by the far more compelling supporting cast. The journals (four, not three as the description claims) that set the story in motion are its strongest, most inspired portion. Too bad the narrative framework in which they're embedded lacks their vitality. For me, they're what made the book wort [...]

    4. This is one of the strangest books I've ever read and it is utterly compelling. It breaks all the standard rules of 'Western' writing i.e. it tells more than it shows and the interiority of the main character is writ large.Told from Ryo's point of view, he makes a shocking discovery contained in some notebooks at his parents' place: a murder confession. There, he sets out to unravel a mystery, trying to decipher fact from fiction, and answering the question of whether we truly know people, even [...]

    5. It seems odd even to me to give a book five stars (something I rarely do), and then begin with the negatives. The worst is the title; it means nothing in either English or Japanese. Either the translator or the publisher thought they were too clever by half and made up this nonsensical title. The novel deserves better. The Japanese title (yurigokoro) isn't a word, either. It's a childhood misremembering of a word, which Fusako points out below is probably yoridokoro (support, foundation). Someon [...]

    6. This story of a man who believes his mother was replaced by an imposter when he was a child has a good premise. But there is some pretty gruesome material in it that I think it could have done without. It ended up on an unexpectedly sweet note.The relationship in Japanese literature between sex and death is an exceedingly hard one for me to figure out.

    7. An interesting enough story, but the telling (or maybe the translation) was flat and uninspiring. I liked the book enough to want to read something else by the author, but the best I can give this book is three stars.

    8. This book was featured in the Nota Benes section of the November/December 2015 issue of World Literature Today Magazineliteraturetoday/2

    9. 先天性精神異常。人の死に逝く様子に真の安らぎを感じる人の手記を読む。なんて怖い話だー、と目を背けたいと思ったのに読みきってしまった。よいお話でした。幸せそうな結末です。

    10. こんなのは私の好きな小説じゃないと思いながら、それでも途中で投げ出したい気にはならず、引き寄せられるように結局最後まで読んだ。うまい、うますぎる!「猫鳴り」も読んでみたくなった。ユリゴコロとは、ココロノヨリドコロ。心の拠りどころ、ありますか?

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