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Evil and the Mask By Fuminori Nakamura Satoko Izumo Stephen Coates,

  • Title: Evil and the Mask
  • Author: Fuminori Nakamura Satoko Izumo Stephen Coates
  • ISBN: 9781616952129
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The second book by prize winning Japanese novelist Fuminori Nakamura to be available in English translation, a follow up to 2012 s critically acclaimed The Thief another fantastically creepy, electric literary thriller that explores the limits of human depravity and the powerful human instinct to resist evil When Fumihiro Kuki is eleven years old, his elderly, enigmaticThe second book by prize winning Japanese novelist Fuminori Nakamura to be available in English translation, a follow up to 2012 s critically acclaimed The Thief another fantastically creepy, electric literary thriller that explores the limits of human depravity and the powerful human instinct to resist evil When Fumihiro Kuki is eleven years old, his elderly, enigmatic father calls him into his study for a meeting I created you to be a cancer on the world, his father tells him It is a tradition in their wealthy family a patriarch, when reaching the end of his life, will beget one last child to cause misery in a world that cannot be controlled or saved From this point on, Fumihiro will be specially educated to learn to create as much destruction and unhappiness in the world around him as a single person can Between his education in hedonism and his family s resources, Fumihiro s life is one without repercussions Every door is open to him, for he need obey no laws and may live out any fantasy he might have, no matter how many people are hurt in the process But as his education progresses, Fumihiro begins to question his father s mandate, and starts to resist.
    Evil and the Mask The second book by prize winning Japanese novelist Fuminori Nakamura to be available in English translation a follow up to s critically acclaimed The Thief another fantastically creepy electric

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    1. I was able to read an advance copy of the book It is one of those wonderful books that either pulls you in immediately or repulses you The book begins with a very dark tone, so dark you aren t sure there is any sort of light at the end of the tunnel The story is heavy with monologue and you ll get a fair idea individual character s personal philosophies but the story moves forward at a solid pace Since others have touched on the story I won t It did begin as a mystery novel in a sense and I felt [...]

    2. How does one unleash maximum evil The novel by the young Japanese writer Nakamura Fuminori, 36, provides many avenues to explore the filthy black nature of murder, impersonation, wars, wars, terrorism, copycat terrorism It features an antihero Fumihiro Kuki who was chosen by his father to succeed him as a cancer in the world, as the embodiment of pure evil The family business is in fact the very instrument of evil as it built upon destructive, anarchic aims through the trade of war materiel and [...]

    3. The ideas concerning the efficacy of chaos vs the Problem of Evil as an axiomatic choice on the level of the individual, family, corporation, and to a lesser extent, the state contained in this book would perhaps have been successful intellectually as a series of essays than a novel.As a novel, it reads rather quickly There are occasional lines of near insight Happiness is a fortress which tempt one to reach for pad and pen to make note of, but the suspense was thicker and quicker than the dist [...]

    4. I received this book from a book exchange partner in Japan She wanted to send me a book from a Japanese author I loved this book It has a storyline, but also reads like a meditation on good and evil When he is a child, Fumihiro Kuki told by his father that he was created to be a cancer on the world His father feels the world is not worthy, and wants his son to create as much destruction as possible This is to be his legacy.Fumihiro rebels against his upbringing His father adopts a young girl, Ka [...]

    5. When I read this from the product description, I figured I pretty much had to read the book When Fumihiro Kuki is eleven years old, his elderly, enigmatic father calls him into his study for a meeting I created you to be a cancer on the world, his father tells him It is a tradition in their wealthy family a patriarch, when reaching the end of his life, will beget one last child to dedicate to causing misery in a world that cannot be controlled or saved From this point on, Fumihiro will be specia [...]

    6. More than anything this is a novel of introspection and philosophy, not terrorism or murder or sabotage It started out making me believe it would be a novel about a killer a man who kills when and where he wants without any preamble Instead, it was way of our main character thinking about how he might be bad, and then the only truly bad things he does are to protect the woman he loves Perhaps I wasn t in the mood for an introspective novel it s October and I wanted bloodshed I didn t love the n [...]

    7. This review was originally published to Bookish Ardour.Evil and the Mask turned out to be one of those stories I was far from expecting I was expecting a suspenseful atmosphere with in depth, unsettling thrills to make you question humanity and the darkness inside us Instead I was presented with idealistic theories of humanity s deep seated insecurities, laziness derived obedience, and selective ignorance.I warmed up to the characters quite quickly and the idea of a family s insane custom to cre [...]

    8. The audio version of the Japanese novel, Evil and the Mask by Fuminori Nakamura, and read by Kirby Heyborne who, incidentally was also the narrator for the audio version of Gone Girl and Heft , is probably the creepiest love story I ve ever heard, made all the creepy by the stunning audio performance Yes, I said love story because beneath all the murder, suffering, sickness, depression, familial abuse, and philosophical waxing is a young boy s love for a young girl Fumihiro is born and raised b [...]

    9. I won this book as part of first read program.The book has an intriguing plot a boy is raised by his father to be a cancer on the world, thus carrying on the family tradition It starts off well enough as the father plots to sink his son into moral depravity through a cruel education There is definitely a darker tone to the novel that at one point is just awkward for the reader a sex scene between 13 year olds is tough to stomach.Then the story ventures into the present day where our antihero str [...]

    10. I set this book down about a third of the way through for previously unencountered reasons The flow of events was somewhat intriguing, and the main character was unique, but I couldn t get over the questions the translations raised Many sentences were clumsy and cliched, while others had a subtle dark artistry I found myself distracted wondering which was the true voice and which were mistakes of translation The writing style didn t add up to a whole that I could continue reading I really do wis [...]

    11. As always, you can be content with this short version, or you can click on overhere for a wordier one.My thanks to Soho for my advanced reading copy I liked it so much I bought a real copy for my home library I don t know that I d classify it as a crime fiction novel while there are certainly some smoky, seedy bars and private investigators that conjure up visions of the darkest noir, and although there are a number of crimes committed during the course of this book, it s the philosophical that [...]

    12. EVIL AND THE MASK 2013 Fuminori NakamuraThis is another obtuse novel from this Japanese author It is obtuse in the sense that it contains a beginning and an end, but the middle consists of a maze of action that leaves you breathless and confused It is the story of a young boy, the last son of his aging father, who is brought up to become a cancer on the world His father is, obviously, no Santa Claus, and subjects his son to as many evils as possible in order to desensitize him to what his goal i [...]

    13. What I should like to find is a crime the effects of which would be perpetual, even when I myself do not act, so that there would not be a single moment of my life even when I were asleep, when I was not the cause of some chaos, a chaos of such proportions that it would provoke a general corruption or a disturbance so formal that even after my death its effects would still be felt Marquis de SadeThe incredibly wealthy Kuki family has found a way to achieve de Sade s goal When the patriarch of th [...]

    14. This is a very good, maybe incredible novel that somehow manages to stay compelling for 350 pages despite the fact that mostly the characters just sit in the dark and hate life Mild spoilers The last 50 pages I m less fond of, as it s all leading towards a kind of silent, masochistic self sacrifice which is incredibly common in Japanese storytelling that s so familiar I m sick of putting up with it, especially as the logic behind it here was borderline nonsensical But the process of getting ther [...]

    15. I don t really do crime fiction, but I love what seems to be its narrow and literary subgenre of warped and well drawn narrators so Highsmith and Dostoevsky as buzzwords in the blurbs sold me After reading, I think these comparisons are apt, but as another Goodreaders reviewer pointed out, the book s many theses on evil and the imprint of crimes on the soul, etc, might have better been fleshed out as essays versus through the structure of a longish novel that does go quick.

    16. Interesting story and solid translation of a thoughtful philosophical thriller IMO, the characters are interesting than the story, and the story is told from a deep first person perspective on a strange lot of anarchists and evil nihilists I think the rave reviews on the cover are a little optimistic, but if you ve got a yen for noir and dark themes, this book is well worth reading.

    17. Evil and the Mask is an engaging story and it was hard for me to put the book down It was my first time reading a novel by a Japanese author and I must admit that I had no idea of what to expect Fuminori Nakamura makes you think about the nature of good and evil I really enjoyed the book and the way in which the plot kept me guessing made me all the invested in the story There is also a philosophical side to the book that kept me thinking about themes such as nihilism, anarchy, self worth and h [...]

    18. First time in my life I ve finished a book from start to finish I m glad that this book was the first for me It was well written and I enjoyed the atmosphere in that it s very dark and bleak At times as you go on and follow the protagonist you get a sense of depression and just overwhelming sense of melancholy The themes of trying to escape a fate designed to destroy and longing to be with someone that you care for but fear that you harbor an inner darkness that can kill what you love makes the [...]

    19. This was dark Did I like the book to give it a 4 No, so far it s my least favorite of Fuminori Nakamura s books, but wow it really got to me It left me feeling really unpleasant Can this poor kid find happiness Does he deserve it Is it his fault he s poisoned Should he be able to repent How about Kaori Can she ever find happiness I doubt it.This book really is about the ugliness of human beings versus the main character who tries so hard to do right To fight his bloodline, his crazy family, his [...]

    20. This book had so much potential, but in the end just kind of fell flat I mean, there s not much to say about it The lengths Fumihiro went to so he could have some contact with Kaori seemed to make sense to me, but I don t know Maybe I didn t read enough into the story to grasp the full good vs evil stuff There were times when I felt like I needed detail and others when I found myself wanting to pass over parts I think I have been spoiled by other Japanese authors I ve read, but this wasn t bad [...]

    21. This wasn t a miracle of tight thriller pacing like Fuminori Nakamura s The Thief, but it s dark and creepy in all the right noir ways Genre fiction that addresses big questions is my kryptonite, and this delivers perfectly on that front I see some GR folks have categorized this as horror, which makes sense There s a strong vein of psychological horror here At the same time, it was oddly comforting to read fiction about the nature of evil, greed, and power today Rec to fans of Patricia Highsmith [...]

    22. Evil and the Mask is not as amazing as Nakamura s other novel that I read, The Thief , but overall it s still impressive By that, I mean the overall story wasn t as good as The Thief s, but it was still pretty good and on top of that there s deep thinking involved even though The Thief had some philosophy as well It s difficult to review Evil and the Mask without spoiling it, so I ll keep my comments general The story is told from the perspective of Fumihiro Kuki, the last son of an old man nam [...]

    23. This is pretty good Not quite the best I ve seen from Nakamura, but not the least either His style definitely has pull and mystery I like it quite a bit.

    24. ToBeRereadFeeling after the first read Ambivalent and unsatisfied Weak characters despite their evil family background Will read another books by FN to understand his world later.

    25. Having enjoyed The Thief by Nakamura I was keen to try this one I wasn t disappointed Curious plot about a young teenage boy whose father tries to raise him as a cancer in the world to do evil Most of the story occurs when he is an adult The unsual theme makes you think, but the writing is so clear and concise that I felt totally engaged in the plot Highly recommended.

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