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J LHLS Archives: October 2007

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Battle Royale
By Koushun Takami

Review by Tom Good

I bought the Battle Royale novel (not the manga) at the Denver airport because I needed something to read on a plane. (You know Japanese culture has made it big in America when you can buy Japanese novels and manga at the airport. Maybe soon the flight attendants will be handing out Pocky candy.) The book, a controversial bestseller in Japan, concerns an evil government program that forces 42 junior high school students to kill each other until only one remains alive. I expected this book to be trashy, exploitive, mindless, and a quick read -- in short, a perfect in-flight diversion. But I was only right about the "quick read" part; otherwise the book surprised me in many ways. [more]

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