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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lots of unique imagery - Goodreads
Crazy, insane, and a totally wacked out ending. - Goodreads
Murakami has a pretty good insight into the human - Goodreads
I would say that the plot, such as it is, is simply - 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  - Marc - Goodreads

This novel tells the journey of two young men who was abandoned when they're a babies in a coin locker. They were raised in the same orphanage together and got adopted together and moved in the island ... Read full review

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There are some things to like here. It's a wild ride, with lots of crazy and unexpected turns of plot, and there is a lot of interesting imagery, symbolism and thematic development around the ideas of ... 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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