Coin Locker Babies

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Kodansha International, 1995 - Fiction - 393 pages
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Abandoned at birth in train station lockers, two troubled boys are raised in an orphanage and by foster parents on a semi-deserted island before setting off for the city to find and destroy the women who first rejected them. Twisted together like a strand of DNA coded for ultimate havoc, both are drawn to an area of freaks and hustlers called Toxitown in the heart of Tokyo. One becomes a bisexual rock singer, star of this exotic demimonde, while the other, a pole vaulter, seeks out revenge in the company of his girlfriend, Anemone, a model who has converted her condominium into a tropical swamp to keep her pet crocodile in. Together and apart, their journey from a hot metal box to a stunning, savage climax takes us on a brutal funhouse ride through the eerie landscape of late-twentieth-century Japan.

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Crazy, insane, and a totally wacked out ending. - Goodreads
lots of unique imagery - Goodreads
Some might say even failed ending. - Goodreads
Great! No answers, no explanations, no apologies. - Goodreads
I would say that the plot, such as it is, is simply - Goodreads
... the writing flows and is confident in the telling. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Carolyn Ma - Goodreads

A really, really creepy book. Somehow I kept on reading, but I just wanted to know what happened at the end. Not sure if I would recommend this to anyone ever. Read full review

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User Review  - Huda - Goodreads

A lot was happening in this book, but I sure as hell do not know how to feel about most of it. Its gross out factor was to the roof, but the book had its moments, I guess. Maybe every reader has to decide for themselves if this was kaleidoscopic art or pure shock-value trash. Read full review


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Ryu Murakami is the best-selling author of more than a dozen novels and the winner of Japan's prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize. Many of his novels have been made into movies, including Audition. He lives in Japan.

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