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Review – Sayonara, Gangsters March 6, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in 3.5 stars, Foreign, Literature.
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Sayonara, Gangsters

by Genichiro Takahashi

(not available on Kindle)

Sayonara, Gangsters is strangely enough, about a poet named Sayonara, Gangsters which is set in a futuristic and dsytopic society. It’s a bizarre and tragic journey into his life as a poetry teacher and his life with his lover Song Book.

They inevitably run into the Gangsters. The Gangsters are a group of homegrown terrorists that are more like heroes. They’ve been put on pedestals and legends surround them.

The book itself is unceasingly bizarre, vague, and unfocused. More often then not it’s nonsensical. Making you wonder what it’s really about. Perhaps if I were a better educated reader I’d see past its many layers and come away with a greater understanding of the book. Instead I came away with a rather confused countenance.

In the end, it was simply a disquieting book that left me unsatisfied. I will say that, for the most part, the ride was pleasant as the lyrical nature of Takahashi’s style of writing lent a rarefied air.  Still, I didn’t feel it was worth the money I spent on it.

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