Thursday, September 19, 2019

Audition by Ryū Murakami

by Ryū Murakami
translated by Ralph McCarthy

Published: 2010
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Japan
Paperback: 192
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
"Why don't you find yourself a new wife, Pops?"

Zombie sighting:
Yamasake Asami loked like a sleepwalker, or a zombie , plodding unsteadily after Shige with one arm raised before her.
-chapter 12, page 188

Documentary-maker Aoyama hasn't dated anyone in the seven years since the death of his beloved wife, Ryoko. Now even his teenage son Shige has suggested he think about remarrying. So when his best friend Yoshikawa comes up with a plan to hold fake film auditions so that Aoyama can choose a new bride, he decides to go along with the idea.

My two-bits:
I watched the movie version of this awhile ago and found it hair-raising.

The original story from the book follows suit but with its characters fleshed out especially regarding the bride-to-be. We get to see where her crazy comes from.

Also, this story gives off a different vibe which turns out just as good.


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