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
Great! No answers, no explanations, no apologies. - Goodreads
... the writing flows and is confident in the telling. - Goodreads
Ending was a bit rushed but still satisfying - Goodreads

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User Review  - Christina - Goodreads

Compelling but ultimately lacking some of the emotional and philosophical punch of his other novels. Read full review

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User Review  - Shravan Bendapudi - Goodreads

** Spoilers below - You have been warned :) ** If there was one word to describe this book, 'twisted' would probably be it. But then one wouldn't be able to stop there .. because words like 'human ... Read full review


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About the author (1995)

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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