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Mailbox Monday #7 April 9, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in Book talk.
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Hell

by Yasutaka TsuTsui

Fifty-seven-year-old Takeshi has just been involved in a traffic accident. When he wakes up, he is in a strange bar and is no longer crippled as he has been for most of his life, but able to walk without crutches in his everyday business suit. Looking around, he sees a number of familiar faces—Izumi, a colleague who had died in a plane crash five years before; his childhood friend Yuzo, who had become a yakuza and had been killed by a rival gang member; and Sasaki, who had frozen to death as a homeless vagrant. This is Hell—a place where three days last as long as 10 years on Earth, and people are able to see events in both the future and the past. Yuzo can now see the yakuza that killed him as he harasses a friend of his. The actress Mayumi and the writer Torigai are chased by the paparazzi into an elevator that drops to floor 666 beneath ground level.

This book sounds particularly intriguing. I’ve always found the concept of “hell” fascinating even though I’m Buddhist. I also think the vast array of characters will be most entertaining.

“Hell” is high up on my TBR pile!

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