GLOWING CRITICAL RECEPTION: Fantastic reviews from prominent critics praised the book’s account of Buruma’s fascinating youth and its luminous prose.
TOKYO’S UNDERWORLD: This memoir is filled with salacious stories about Tokyo, set in peep shows, tattoo parlors, and seedy theaters, and populated with murderers, artistic provocateurs, and sexual outlaws. This is Tokyo as we’ve never experienced it before.
JAPAN IN ALL ITS GLORY: This book is destined to be a classic of its kind, an indispensable travelogue on what it means to be Japanese, and what it means to be an outsider in a foreign country. It belongs on the shelf next to In Praise of Shadows, the novels of Murakami and Mishima, and the travelogues of Pico Iyer.
BRAVE PERSONAL TERRAIN FROM PROMINENT LITERARY FIGURE: Buruma, the erudite editor of The New York Review of Books, opens up about himself, his own rebellions and sexual confusion, in a way that he never has before.
“A triumphal narrative…a bildungsroman written with a winning mix of nostalgic bravado and judicious self-deprecation…. luscious and precise…he located an avant-garde culture and entered it fully, unafraid of drunken excess then and unafraid of recalling it now.” —Andrew Solomon, The New York Times Book Review
“Buruma is a keen observer and the owner of a well-provisioned mind. There are smart little junkets in this book into everything from Japanese movies (Buruma became a film critic for The Japan Times) to the country’s tattooing culture to its female elevator operators, about whom he made a documentary film. His prose is unflaggingly good.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times
“Buruma paints a vivid portrait of his often mind-boggling encounters with the motley collection of artists, expats and eccentrics he befriended over his six years in Tokyo. And his honesty is disarming.” —Associated Press
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