- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Export - Airside ed edition (October 6, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571229050
- ISBN-13: 978-0571229055
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.6 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 118 g
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"'A cerebral and haunting ghost story... Highly recommended.' David Mitchell 'A memorably uncanny tapestry... The powerful mood of Strangers lingers long after its graceful, downbeat ending has passed.' Guardian 'A disconcerting, yet deeply satisfying novel: a wonderful study of grief and isolation, a moving expression of our longing for things we have lost and are unable to have again.' Daily Mail"
About the Author
Taichi Yamada worked at the world-renowned Shochiku film studios until he set out on a highly successful career as a freelance scriptwriter and novelist. Winner of the Yamamoto Shugoro Prize for the best human-interest novel, Strangers is his English-language debut.
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A quick, ghostly tale. As some has mentioned, the translation is a bit odd in places. Overall, it was a riveting story of a lonely man longing for a lost past.
And then one day he walks into a nightclub and encounters the spitting image of his father - who died decades before, but not only looks and acts exactly the same but seems to recognize Harada and see nothing unusual about their bumping into each other this way. And through his father he also meets with his mother, who also died decades before.
Is Harada so disconnected with the world that his mind is inventing this new situation to have something to be a part of? Is he already so much removed from the land of the living that it's opened up some kind of doorway through which the dead can pass? Have his parents returned of their own volition to try and help their unfortunate, dysfunctional son learn to live again? Or are these entities even his true parents at all? Mysteries and possibilities abound, and as the book progresses more and more of them seem to involve Kei.
A spooky and engaging book that, for all the cynicism of its central figure, also brings the opposite set of emotions and viewpoints into excellent play, "Strangers" is a great addition to the library of any fan of horror, mystery, or even the social-commentary-through-character-study genre of literature. Great book!
The ghosts disappear near the end and that is no more explained than was their appearance in the first place.In many stories that would be irritating.Here, it's no problem.The ghosts are mostly a vehicle for exploring the psyche of the main character.(But let me be clear , this is not ambiguous TURN OF THE SCREW territory.These are definitely ghosts).Ghost story lovers should appreciate the novels ingenuity.Yet , those who aren't can enjoy it as a good portrait of a lonely alienated man in contemporary urban Japan.