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Snakes and Earrings (A Plume Book) (edition 2006)

by Kanehara Hitomi

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Title:Snakes and Earrings (A Plume Book)
Authors:Kanehara Hitomi
Info:Penguin (2006), Mass Market Paperback
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Tags:culture, youth, society

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Snakes and Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara


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I love the unique way of thinking, it's capturing just like the movie. ( )
  zombiehero | Mar 25, 2016 |
I can't tell whether this book was poorly written or a poor translation - I can't quite believe that it could win the Akutagawa Prize and be this bad in the original Japanese so I'm leaning toward blaming the translator. For the first 80 odd pages the story made sense and was fairly gripping, hence the two stars. But the last third of the novel read as if clocking off time was fast approaching and the author/translator did not have time to write/create a polished ending - just poor, poor, poor.

Ryū Murakami is far better at presenting the modern dystopian Japanese landscape, read him instead. ( )
  MartynChuzz | Feb 22, 2016 |
Forget serenity, temples, stone gardens, tea ceremonies or geisha. Forget your cliche and probably stereotyped image of Japan. Forget also Haruki Murakami and his dreamlike novels. With Hitomi Kanehara, a young Japanese female writer, you will enter a very different Japan, in which underground culture, body modification, and (sexual) violence play a large role.
Snakes and earrings is quite a disturbing novel. See also the other reviews. Having a vivid imagination the tongue-piercing scenes left me quite disgusted! However I still felt that this is a very interesting novel in its own way. Its protagonist Lui, a 19 year old girl in Tokyo, is a lost. Society wants her to be cute, a barbie-girl, playacting the role of kimono-wearing hostess/ semi-geisha as a temporary job. Lui wants to escape this fate (not that she expresses it in that way, it is just what she does), the oppression of society, but underground culture brings just as much violence, even if this is more physical. It is a very sad story about a girl who wants to feel, but the only thing left for her to feel is pain. I thought this was a very interesting and different view on Japanese society. ( )
  Tinwara | Feb 21, 2016 |
Japanilaista uutta undergroun -kirjallisuutta. Kaduilla eläneen, kovia kokeneen, nuoren naisen käsialaa.
  JonPoh | Dec 14, 2014 |
Well, that was disturbing on so many levels. ( )
  beckydj | Mar 31, 2013 |
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"Know what a forked tongue is?"
"All I wanted was to be part of an underground world where the sun doesn't shine, there are no love songs, and the sound of children's laughter is never, ever heard."
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Snakes and Earrings (Originally published in Japan as: Hebi ni Piasu)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525948899, Hardcover)

An underground world.
A murder.
An international phenomenon.
Snakes and Earrings. . . .

Describing a world as amoral and fascinating as the landscapes of Less Than Zero and Trainspotting, this novel about a young woman living in the violent world of Japan’s underground youth culture is both shocking and strangely beautiful.

Enchanted by the snake-like tongue of a stranger called Ama, nineteen-year-old Lui takes a walk into another side of life. On the Tokyo streets, she finds a world where pain bleeds into pleasure. Where day fades into night. And where right turns into wrong.

An international bestseller.
Winner of the Akutagawa Prize.
Translated by David James Karashima.

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"Enchanted by the snakelike tongue of a stranger called Ama, nineteen-year-old Lui takes a walk into another side of life. On the Tokyo streets, she finds a world where pain bleeds into pleasure. Where day fades into night. And where right turns into wrong."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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