Monday, 14 January 2013

Revenge — Yoko Ogawa [Review and Giveaway ]

Title - Revenge
Author - Yoko Ogawa

Sinister forces draw together a cast of desperate characters in this eerie and absorbing novel from Yoko Ogawa.

An aspiring writer moves into a new apartment and discovers that her landlady has murdered her husband. Years later, the writer’s stepson reflects upon his stepmother and the strange stories she used to tell him. Meanwhile, a surgeon’s lover vows to kill him if he does not leave his wife. Before she can follow-through on her crime of passion, though, the surgeon will cross paths with another remarkable woman, a cabaret singer whose heart beats delicately outside of her body. But when the surgeon promises to repair her condition, he sparks the jealousy of another man who would like to preserve the heart in a custom tailored bag. Murderers and mourners, mothers and children, lovers and innocent bystanders—their fates converge in a darkly beautiful web that they are each powerless to escape.

I received this book from the amazing Picador publishers a couple of days ago and after 227 days at sea with Pi I need a book that was a little less intense, more gorier horror rather than psychological warfare. This book was not the right choice. It is full of intense moments of horror that are often implied rather than portrayed within the span of each story.

The murders that take place are committed outside of the story which allows the imagination to paint a more horrific image than anything the author could possibly describe. The sexual undertone which usually lies under each character adds just that little bit or heat and danger to the book.

After I completed this book, I proceeded in trying to sum up the story to a friend but I found that I could not find any adequate words that could possibly describe the genius Ogawa has created. Relying on our preconceived expectation of short stories she entangles the stories together so it creates an intriguing and honestly slightly frightening web of horror.

This book does not contain ‘wambam thank you ma’am' type of horror and if you are a fan of slow building and slightly psychological book then I think this one is for you.

The one thing I had a problem with this book and I am not sure if it is a problem is that, this book gives no indication of the gender or age of the protagonist so that it reads like one long voice with a hell lot of multiple personalities. This leaves the reader rather disorientated and unable to imagine anything other than the horror and the hand that does it until the person is mentioned and the image suddenly becomes crystal clear.

One thing I wold say about this book and technically it has nothing to do with the text within the book is the cover. Apart from loving the simplicity of the design which pretty much encapsulates this story, the cover also has a lovely texture that reminds me why I buy physical books instead of eBooks.

Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars for a brilliant horror that may or may have not given me a nightmare.

Product Details
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
Language: English
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

I loved this book so much I decided to give it away to one luck winner. Enter below guys and enjoy. Thanks to the amazing Publicist, this giveaway is open internationally.

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  3. Sounds like a very interesting book :)

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