Believe me, I thought that was the end of the book. I mean, how can a crime thriller be kept interesting when you already know who the killer is? After all, we're not expecting something like 'Crime and Punishment'. When I was done reading this, I could see why. Their neighbour Ishigami is a talented mathematician who now works as a school teacher. Think I somewhat spoiled it for you already?
Be rest assured, I haven't revealed what forms the essence of the plot. You know already who is guilty, but there are still so many aspects that remain unclear, which draws the reader into the tale. But the narrative perhaps emerges as the biggest winner in this novel. Full marks to the author as well as the translator Alexander O. This is my first brush with Japanese literature, and my appetite craves for more. Highly recommended for fans of international crime fiction.
View all 6 comments. Oct 21, Idarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , read When the crime, perpetrator s , and motive were revealed within the first few chapters, I was sure I would be in for an anticlimactic read. How would an author keep a reader interested for the remainder of the book?!
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Higashino succeeded, and in a phenomenal way, in that even when I thought I understood the basics that the investigation was based on, that plot twist at the end was like a slap in the face. You don't really realize that you're involved in a cat and mouse game until the end. I was t When the crime, perpetrator s , and motive were revealed within the first few chapters, I was sure I would be in for an anticlimactic read.
I was told that going in, and it still didn't occur to me until after I finished. What a fitting title, too! I love it when everything comes together like that. Like butter! View all 9 comments. Shelves: mystery-murder-crime-suspense , read-in-translation. Subtle, skillful, sad.
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This made me think of two intelligent people playing a game of chess. Shogi is also known as Japanese Chess Impossible to review without spoilers, impossible to stop thinking about. Thanks to real life friend Peter for pressing this in my hands,last time I was in the library. Read it now. Eat mah shit!!!!!
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Me: Meh. Who the fuck translated this??! Ohhh well.
Still pretty good. Whoah really??? The crime is committed in the first two chapters without hiding the identity of the culprits and you might be left wondering what more is there for you to read. On top of that an intellectual battle, like a chess match, goes on in the background.
Not since Crime and Punishment have I rooted for the culprit, or culprits in this case, to walk free. The tension mounts steadily and never slackens. Like a magician, Higashino carefully employs misdirection to suit his sleight-of-hand. My only problem with this is the translation by Alexander O. It feels a bit too rough, and sometimes the flow of the book feels stilted. View 2 comments. Aug 13, L.
Starks rated it liked it. Perhaps a cultural mismatch for me: I found the pace of the book far too slow, the romantic element Victorian at best, and the idea of that brilliant physicists and mathematicians would be also brilliant in sleuthing unrealistic. The Japanese setting is interesting. The book has good twists at the end, but the plot takes way too long to get there. View all 4 comments.
Sep 18, Apoorva rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery-thriller-horror , favorites , japan. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Her abusive ex husband who's been exhorting money from her decides to show up at her place. Things go out of hand and Yasuko ends up killing him with the help of Misato. Her next door neighbor Ishigami, a high school math teacher, aware of the incident takes control of the situation and helps her get rid of the body and cover up the murder and provides instructions to them about what part to play.
This book is simply amazing. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time wondering how it'll all turn out. It was such a delight to see two geniuses battling it out. We have Ishigami, a teacher obsessed with Maths who likes solving difficult problems and Yukawa, a physicist and his former colleague who's master of observation and assists police frequently in their investigations and is known as detective Galileo.
Ishimagi weaves an elaborate story of murder around him and presents the answer while it rests on Yukawa to figure it out. The brilliance of the book lies in it's simplicity. Ishigami likes designing problems in a way that takes advantage of the blind spot created by the person's assumption which tricks him.
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From the start we are presented with some information and we try to figure it out considering one possibility but in the end we find out that we fell into the trap. That's what Ishigami does and that's what the book does to you. I got the L and Kira vibes from it simply because of the way both were trying to outmaneuver each other. I felt really bad for Ishigami at the end cuz his plan fell apart in spite of him doing everything in his power to make it successful.
I sympathized with him when I learnt the reason for his devotion.
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But all actions have consequences and this is no different. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book immensely. But not so a genius. The genius does something far simpler, yet something no normal person would even dream of, the last thing a normal person would think of doing. And from this simplicity, immense complexity is created. If you're a fan of thriller, you should definitely read this book. Jun 14, Leonard rated it really liked it Shelves: literature-japanese , crime-mystery.