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Death by Choice By Masahiko Shimada Meredith McKinney,

  • Title: Death by Choice
  • Author: Masahiko Shimada Meredith McKinney
  • ISBN: 9780857282477
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Yoshio Kita s hopelessness and lack of faith in his future as an ordinary and lonely company worker crystallizes into a decision to take his own life, in what he calls execution by Death by Choice His only remaining problem is how to spend both his remaining self allocated seven days on earth and all his worldly money, in this darkly comic exploration of the cult of suiYoshio Kita s hopelessness and lack of faith in his future as an ordinary and lonely company worker crystallizes into a decision to take his own life, in what he calls execution by Death by Choice His only remaining problem is how to spend both his remaining self allocated seven days on earth and all his worldly money, in this darkly comic exploration of the cult of suicide in Japan, a country with one of the world s highest rates of suicide From fine dining with a former porn actress to insuring his life, from pursuing his ex girlfriend to an entanglement with an assassin, Yoshio s last seven days on earth take on unexpected twists and turns as Shimada asks his readers what it means to have the freedom to end your own life, and what becomes truly important when your days are numbered even if it is by free choice.Sensitively translated by Meredith McKinney, this tale of a very modern Japan is now for the first time available to English readers Sensitively translated by Meredith McKinney, this tale of a very modern Japan is now for the first time available to English readers.
    Death by Choice Yoshio Kita s hopelessness and lack of faith in his future as an ordinary and lonely company worker crystallizes into a decision to take his own life in what he calls execution by Death by Choice His

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    1. A few years ago I started hunting obscure anthologies and dark corners of the internet for contemporary Japanese writing outside of what most people are reading, and Shimada was one of the best writers I came across then, so it was really great to see this book planned for release though I ve also read his first translated novel, Dream Messenger, and didn t like it nearly as much his short stories, so I was wary, especially since I didn t like the premise of this novel at all, and it seemed like [...]

    2. If Haruki Murakami ever wrote a comic novel without his magical surrealism, I think it would have been Death by Choice Here we have a guy in his mid thirties who decides to commit suicide after exactly one week As he embarks on his quest he meets all sorts of characters a porn star, habitual suicider, doctor assassin, pop singer, etc, who either try to sway him from killing himself or to make sure he does it cleanly to sell his organs His one week hiatus turns up into a collection of bizarre com [...]

    3. I began reading this book expecting some kind of good philosophical thoughts about suicide mixed in with a decent story A book called Death by Choice gives you the feeling that you re going to read a contemplative novel However, I didn t get what I expected after reading a big chunk of the book I have a feeling that people who compared this to Ryu Murakami s novels made a good comparison I never read much of that author, but I ve seen a bit and have an idea of what he s like it s not what I like [...]

    4. Intrigued by the title and the summary, I made the impulsive decision to borrow the book from the official library of the National University of Malaysia Afterwards, I went to a coffee shop nearby and ordered an iced Americano to accompany my leisure reading of this book 10 minutes have passed, my coffee have yet to arrive to my table but when I glanced at the lower part of the book, I have already reached the 30th page This book is indeed different that any other book I have read Though I must [...]

    5. Death by Choice, or perhaps literally Self Death Penalty concerns seven days of a thirty five year old young man who has committed to killing himself, and all the intensification of sensory detail, choice making, and wrapping up of personal history that ensues beginning with an porn star and her pale faced junior friend and eventually involving Yoshio Kita s past love, an idol past her peak, a hitman, and various other death profiteers, DBC presents a tautly written, madcap, Japan centric story [...]

    6. It s been close to 20 years since I read Shimada s excellent Dream Messenger, and I hadn t seen another book by him since So I jumped to buy this one without reading anything about it first.Unfortunately, it fell flat However you want to describe it, I couldn t connect with the prose or the story, I never felt immersed, l never felt drawn into the text Without that level of connection, fiction is flat and lifeless and not worth continuing I gave up after 50 pages.

    7. To me, it is rather an insight to what freedom means in society s terms looked at from the fundamental level of life and death It has some nice thoughts I would surely reread.

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