By Ryu Murakami
Almost obvious Blue is a brutal story of misplaced adolescence in a jap port city just about an American army base. Murakami?s image-intensive narrative paints a portrait of a gaggle of acquaintances locked in a harmful cycle of intercourse, medications and rock?n?roll. the unconventional is all yet plotless, however the uncooked and sometimes violent prose takes us on a rollercoaster trip via truth and hallucination, highs and lows, within which the characters and their stories come vividly to existence. Trapped in passivity, they achieve neither ardour nor excitement from their adventures. but out of the alienation, boredom and underlying rage and grief emerges a surprisingly quiet and nearly both stunning good looks. Ryu Murakami?s first novel, Almost obvious Blue gained the coveted Akutagawa literary prize and have become an speedy bestseller. Representing a pointy and awake turning clear of the introspective development of postwar eastern literature, it polarized critics and public alike and shortly attracted overseas awareness as a substitute view of recent Japan.
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Japanese university students are infamous for chattering while professors lecture. This is why one professor became “so intrigued by the intense silence in his classes that he decided to investigate what had caused the change. He found out by turning off the lights, revealing the glow of myriad keitai monitors. ”13 Indeed, “Long gone are the days when students babbling amongst themselves plagued university professors’ classes. ”14 Professor Shimada Hiroshi of Konan Women’s University claims that, “University teachers have been bothered all the time by students chattering away, so the quiet has made them relax.
30 Castells, The Network Society, (second edition) p. 401. 31 On the problems caused by middle-management failure to engage with Internet technology, see “A generational divide is holding back Japan,” Asiaweek (Hong Kong edition) (11 May 2001). Online. &Dtp=1&Did+ 00000072869169&Mtd=1&Fmt=3 (23 May 2001). Here, I (McLelland) cannot resist telling a story about a young salaryman friend of mine who was given the task by his boss of finding information about the Japanese movies that were to be premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000.
G. concerning business, friends, family, romantic affairs – that suggest the demands or burdens of increased interiorization. Individualization as personal space One last example of personalized individualization concerns the theme of increased privacy or, as if to emphasize its rarity by adopting a foreign-sounding expression, “puraibêto” affairs. “Everyone has their own individual life, and we should be allowed to communicate with our friends without interference,” said one student. Cell phones “allow us to lead our own lives,” they “give us personal space” commented another.