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  • 28 September 2019
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About the Author: Shūichi Yoshida

Paperback ó Parade Epub ´ parade download, ParadeParade PDFSh ichi Yoshida was born in Nagasaki, and studied Business Administration at Hosei University He won the Bungakukai Prize for New Writers in for his story Saigo no Musuko , and the Akutagawa Prize in the fifth time he d been nominated for the prize for Park Life In he also won the Yamamoto Prize for Parade, and for winning both literary and popular prizes Yoshida was seen as a crossover writer, like Amy Yamada or Masahiko Shimada In he wrote lyrics for the song Great Escape on Tomoyasu Hotei s album Doberman His novel Villain won the Osaragi Jiro Prize and the Mainichi Publishing Culture Award, and was recently adapted into an award winning film by Lee Sang il.


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10 thoughts on “Parade

  1. L.S. Popovich says:

    Parade is a seamy novel by a Japanese novelist It does not fit nicely into the crime novel formula Its characters do not care if you are staring at them in horror and fascination Its plot is not concerned with your level of patience Though it has a similar texture to Natsuo Kirino s gritty murder books, it is quieter, and couldn t have made less noise as it slid into English translation Where are all the other translations of Yoshida There is also a book called Villain But Parade was my Parade is a seamy novel by a Japanese novelist It does not fit nicely into the crime novel formula Its characters do not care if you are staring at them in horror and fascination Its plot is not concerned with your level of patience Though it has a similar texture to Natsuo Kirino s gritty murder books, it is quieter, and couldn t have made less noise as it slid into English translation Where are all the other translations of Yoshida There is also a book called Villain But Parade was my introduction to his work Villain was a nice after dinner snack It was damn good, but it did not keep me thinking about it for days afterward, as did this little gem.I do not feel the need to analyze the character motivations, the atmosphere, the literary style or the intense disturbing quality of this book I do feel the need to reread it I would rather encourage you to discover it yourself It is one of my favorite novels from Japan and I ve read a fair amount of them But picking it apart would ruin the point I didn t feel like examining Ryu Murakami s literary intentions when I read In the Miso Soup I just wanted to witness a breathtaking cinematic gore infused nightmare This one beats Kirino hands down It throws down the gauntlet when set beside bad boy Ryu But who ever talks about Shuichi Yoshida The writing is not as polished as Ryu Murakami s but the atmospheric conditions of the novel are comparable Yoshida has the casual, almost careless style of a crime writer, but somehow manages to wipe the floor with Seich Matsumoto If you liked Matsumoto s A Quiet Place, this will also tickle your fancy, but it ll beof a deep tissue massage, maybe blunt force trauma Expect the unexpected in the third act Try to be bored I dare you This is another Japanese writer writing whatever the hell he wants, and my eyes are begging forThe only other things of his in English I ve found is obviously Villain and a beautiful short story in The Book of Tokyo A City in Short Fiction If you know of any other English stories in existence please let me know I can tell Yoshida has what it takes to give Murakami a run for his money as my favorite novel producing machine currently in Japan I m sorry, Keigo Higashino, but I m just not that into you Can we get some translations over here I admire when a writer deviates boldly Subversion Scare tactics All the required ingredients of escapism are present here Like Murakami s work, it is super easy to relate to these characters They are young, of course, bored, dissatisfied, opinionated, ever so slightly witty, libidinous, angst ridden apply whatever adjective you will In the end, there is plot, there is character development, but the intricacies congeal into an amorphous whole I could live in this novel for a while And I know I will revisit it Slip into the shady, retro, bleak and quirky Tokyo Yoshida provides Dark secrets abound in this singular work of subtle and not so subtle inter character relations See if it haunts you like it does me

  2. Supreeth says:

    The main problem of this book lies in its synopsis and labeled genre If it was labeled as literary fiction without that synopsis which promises something else, it would ve been a decent novel, but now it s all ruined To be honest, nothing really happens until the ninety five percent of the book, and whatever that happens isn t worth it all So if you re looking for a thriller mystery book, you re up for a serious disappointment given that J thrillers have really high standards Four twenty som The main problem of this book lies in its synopsis and labeled genre If it was labeled as literary fiction without that synopsis which promises something else, it would ve been a decent novel, but now it s all ruined To be honest, nothing really happens until the ninety five percent of the book, and whatever that happens isn t worth it all So if you re looking for a thriller mystery book, you re up for a serious disappointment given that J thrillers have really high standards Four twenty something Japanese men and women share an apartment is a busy part of Tokyo, two men and two women Everyone s different from each other, under different situations given that all of them are alienated and isolated from the rest of the society and driven by inner demons Like another Japanese book Penance by Kanae Minato, this one has POVs of different characters each chapter All of them start interesting, people opening up and all, but it just drags a lot and nothing really happens forever So if you ask me why three stars, it s probably for the reality of youth alienated in a busy conformist society portrayed in the book It s set in typical Tokyo, but I guess it s same everywhere

  3. Leah says:

    Strangely discombobulatingFour young people are sharing a small flat in Tokyo, each having drifted there in a casual, unplanned way Forced into a kind of physical intimacy by this living arrangement, each remains emotionally isolated and, as we discover, damaged to varying degrees by their pasts Naoki is the eldest and something of a big brother figure to the rest he originally shared the flat with his girlfriend, who left him for an older man but still pops back to visit and stay in the Strangely discombobulatingFour young people are sharing a small flat in Tokyo, each having drifted there in a casual, unplanned way Forced into a kind of physical intimacy by this living arrangement, each remains emotionally isolated and, as we discover, damaged to varying degrees by their pasts Naoki is the eldest and something of a big brother figure to the rest he originally shared the flat with his girlfriend, who left him for an older man but still pops back to visit and stay in the flat on occasion Mirai works hard and plays hard, spending her evenings getting drunk in gay bars Kotomi stays home all day watching TV and waiting for her soap star boyfriend to ring Ryosuke is a student and as we meet him he has just fallen in love with the girlfriend of his older friend and mentor Then one morning a fifth arrives, Satoru no one really knows who invited him but in this casual set up he soon becomes accepted as another flatmate, even though no one is quite sure who he is or what he does when he works late at night.Although this is billed as a crime thriller, it really falls muchinto the category of literary fiction There is a crime element but it s almost entirely in the background for most of the book There s not much plot as such this isan examination of the somewhat empty and alienated lives of these young people Each section of the book is narrated by a different character, so we get to see what they each think of the others and also to find out a bit about what has brought them here and made them who they are.Whenever I read Japanese fiction, I find it a strangely discombobulating experience it always seems to reflect a society that is uneasy in its modernity, with a generation of young people who have thrown out the values of their elders but haven t really found a way to replace them satisfactorily There is always a sensation of drifting, of free fall almost, and a kind of passivity that leaves me feeling as if there s a dangerous void in the culture, waiting to be filled But since I don t know anything about Japan except through their fiction, I don t know whether this is just a style of writing or whether it s an accurate picture of the society.I find Yoshida s writing quite compelling and although I don t always feel that I understand why his characters are as they are, I find them believable and fully rounded The somewhat shocking ending of this one took me completely by surprise, and at first I felt almost as if the author hadn t played fair with me But a few days on I find the book is still running through my mind and I am seeing in retrospect what was hidden during the reading which means that my appreciation for the ending has grown as I ve gained a little distance from it.Although this shares a translator, Philip Gabriel, with Yoshida s first novel, I enjoyed the translation of this one muchIt is still Americanised but without the clumsy slang that irritated me so much in Villain.On re reading this review, I feel it isn t giving a very clear picture of the book, and that s actually a pretty accurate reflection of my feelings about it I m not sure I totally got it which happens to me a lot with Japanese fiction but I am quite sure I found it a compelling and thought provoking read And I will most certainly be looking out forof Yoshida s work in future 4 stars for me, so rounded up.NB This book was provided for review by the publisher, Random House Vintage.www.fictionfanblog.wordpress.com

  4. Dilushani Jayalath says:

    This was my first book by Shuichi Yoshida As a matter of fact this was my first Japanese novel ever I guess a part of me picked this book is because I m kinda partial towards jap stuff butI kept trying to read it off for a very long time though I really don t know how to start this review Partly because this books was deep in a non serious way but also kinda stupid or lame.Fist of all I ll talk about the plot The plot was pretty much slow paced one could say Throughout most of the book I k This was my first book by Shuichi Yoshida As a matter of fact this was my first Japanese novel ever I guess a part of me picked this book is because I m kinda partial towards jap stuff butI kept trying to read it off for a very long time though I really don t know how to start this review Partly because this books was deep in a non serious way but also kinda stupid or lame.Fist of all I ll talk about the plot The plot was pretty much slow paced one could say Throughout most of the book I kept asking myself is there any point in the story because it pretty much didn t most of the book just told how these 5 people were living in the apartment and the stories from their points of views it was nice in a way to have multiple POVs but also sometimes confusing Like I told before the story was slow paced for me but the end was just like a shocker for me By the end I had even forgotten that there was supposed to be any crime in it I had started to think that this was just another literary piece and forgot the crime element in it After the major revelation in the book it pretty much ended abruptly but in a way it felt good Leaving a better impact on its audience.Next I ll talk about the characters Each character had a mental problem of their own I guess I really don t mean to be rude but that s the most simple way one can say it Rather than problem I would even say their unique mental state For me each person was troubled in their own way So the story becomes intriguing Mostly because each person acts perfectly normal towards the world they act so normal sometimes you forget they are all twisted in some way Yoshida sensei has shown in a way how people in the world pretty much act I like how realistic in a way the story was One could not actually relate to them but in way it was nice reading about people who wasn t fully complex but simple in a rather disordered manner I know it sounds pretty confusing but one has to read this in order to fully get the concept of it.Thirdly I ll talk about the ending I guess Like i mentioned before, the ending was pretty abrupt but it ave the audience the intended effect I think It was pretty shocking to get to know it and what Yoshida sensei has done to build up the moment to reveal the truth was pretty good I like how he brought up the conclusion in a manner that I haven t seen anyone else doing it I guess that s the reason why he has become quiet a good author Like i told before it was a shocker to the maximum.All in all this was avery good literary piece When I was like in the middle of the book I wouldn t have rated the book a 4 stars but now when I have finished I guess even 4 stars seem inadequate in a way But rather than a 4 star I would say I like to give a 4.5 stars It was very satisfying reading it in a different way After the many contemporary romance and other suspense books i ve read, this was without doubt a good read I would very much like to tell anyone who loves reading books and who is open enough to read any sort of good literary texts that they should try this out Real ratings 4.5 stars

  5. Iantony says:

    I read this book back then in 2015 during an easy night shift on my job A lot of free time and being away from civilization but still got internet connection, I randomly purchased it through my friend s Kindle This is my first Shuichi Yoshida book, perhaps the strangest Japanese author after Haruki Murakami for me At the very least, this book did help me to stay awake.This book has a kinda slow paced story, not kinda, slow paced story that at some point you would start wondering where the I read this book back then in 2015 during an easy night shift on my job A lot of free time and being away from civilization but still got internet connection, I randomly purchased it through my friend s Kindle This is my first Shuichi Yoshida book, perhaps the strangest Japanese author after Haruki Murakami for me At the very least, this book did help me to stay awake.This book has a kinda slow paced story, not kinda, slow paced story that at some point you would start wondering where the story goes or something like that Still, the ending of the story would shock you As for the characters of this book, each of the 5 characters seemed to have a mental problem or mental health problem, depended on how you see it of their own All of them are troubled, twisted people who tried to act normal at some point of the story.Yeah after slow paced story build up, mentally unhealthy characters, changing point of views which might confusing to some people, in the end you would find a very shocking ending, which would made you think about the whole story for some time after reading this book, thus this book is a really good eye opener Definitely gonna recommend this for most book lovers, especially if you were into some thriller, mystery or just strange stories Now I want to read another novel from Shuichi Yoshida 4 5 stars from me, 4.5 5 stars if the early to mid part of the story weren t feel dragging

  6. Joanne Hong says:

    minor SPOILERS RANT AHEAD don t worry, I ve hidden the major ones One day, when I was at the book store, I was contemplating whether or not I should buy this book instead of Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver Both summaries were very appealing, as were their covers, however in the end there could be only one winner and that was Parade Even before I brought this book to the counter, I went on Goodreads to see if the reviews for this book were fairly okay just to be sure that I was making t minor SPOILERS RANT AHEAD don t worry, I ve hidden the major ones One day, when I was at the book store, I was contemplating whether or not I should buy this book instead of Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver Both summaries were very appealing, as were their covers, however in the end there could be only one winner and that was Parade Even before I brought this book to the counter, I went on Goodreads to see if the reviews for this book were fairly okay just to be sure that I was making the right decision Lo and behold, they were.Feeling satisfied, I proceeded with my purchase.Oh how I regret not choosing Vanishing Girls instead The decision I made that day is actually eating me up inside till this day Do you know what I was promised Let s look at the summary shall we In the next door apartment something disturbing is going on And outside in the streets around their apartment block, there is violence in the air From the writer of the cult classic Villain, Parade is a tense, disturbing, thrilling tale of life in the city I was promised a tense, disturbing, thrilling tale of life in the city but what I got instead was a snooze worthy tale of life in the city I was promised that there was something disturbing going on next door, but it turned out to be such a lame plot twist that it made this book 50%dull than it would have been had the plot twist not existed in the first place view spoiler If the author actually wrote it as a brothel and not a fortune telling place, the story would have been muchinteresting, as creepy and disturbing as having a brothel exist next door is hide spoiler Okay, I thought after having read the plot twist, Maybe things won t go downhill from here I mean, there IS another mystery to solve, a perhaps muchthrilling mystery than the one of the next door neighbours You ll be okay This story will be okay I was wrong.I was promised violence in the air but it wasn t as prevalent as I d hoped it would be It was always in the background, coming to centre stage a few hundred pages later, only to disappear onceview spoiler until THE VERY END OF THE BOOK hide spoiler I was hoping to hearof it, but I never got what I wanted All I got was the characters going about their daily, miserable lives which weren t as intriguing as the things that were happening around them The characters were bloody awful, each and every one of them view spoiler Ryosuke is the type of person to steal his friend s girlfriend Kotomi is an immature and pathetic human being who waits for her boyfriend every bloody day and goes to have sxx with him whenever he calls, eventually deciding to have an abortion when she gets pregnant Mirai is a mentally disturbed woman who collects rape scenes and watches them from time to time to calm herself down Naoki is the bastard behind everything Satoru is a weird teen who does prostitution for a living, breaks into people s houses not to steal things, but to drink their tea and lie on their beds, and can be an accomplice in murder if he wants to be hide spoiler All of them seem mentally disturbed to me to be honest, I sincerely think that they need to get themselves checked out I wanted character development ya know It would have been nice for these strangers who regarded each other as strangers even after all those years of living together to sort of, form bonds that didn t feel fake Their interactions just seemed fake and let s face it, they were From my perspective, they weren t sincere with each other, they were just using each other to get through life and that s probably what the author had intended on showing us, although that s just simply NOT good enough in my book Is it really possible for a group of people to not regard each other as friends after living together for such a long period of time Is it really They were living together yet at the same time they weren t Everyone was living in their own world, occasionally crossing over to each others world to have a chat before proceeding to ignore each other again once they re back in their own world Man, I m using a lot of each other s today You know what could have been a great plot twist If Satoru wasn t a prostitute but something else instead, like a murderer or a spy or something THAT would have been a great plot twist I mean just imagine it Teen boy shows up at their apartment out of the blue, claiming he has nowhere to go and begs to stay with them, only to be the murderer in charge of the killings and wanting to get rid of the witnesses to the murders that would be our 4 main characters stalks Mirai on the night of her drunkenness and successfully earns himself a chance to stay in their apartment under false pretences Then, he changes his plans and decides to torture them mentally instead, breaking their bonds by making them question each other s motives for staying together even though they could live in separate places just fine although it would be muchexpensive than staying together THAT, would have been a 4 to 5 star worthy twist for me view spoiler Naoki s twist at the end however, isn t It was just, blah, for lack of better word I admit, I SHOULD have seen it coming since Naoki was acting a bit differently from the rest of the group coming home late isn t strange but it wasn t the norm for their group, well, except Mirai but in my defence, it wasn t so bad that I would consider him a murderer You know what would have helped If Mirai noticed there were bruises on his knuckles or a tiny patch of blood on his shirt or SOMETHING that would make the reader consider him a likely suspect in the killings THOSE sort of hints would have helped Then throw something in to divert the reader s attention, put in the plot twist and BOOM, mission accomplished That s how most mysteries are right The one who turns out to be the criminal isn t someone you DON T SUSPECT AT ALL, but is someone you LEAST SUSPECT hide spoiler Wow, now that I ve got everything off of my chest, I feel muchrelaxed now In conclusion, I would recommend this book to people who don t mind reading about other people s boring, daily lives, people who can withstand a book filled with horrible characters and an almost non existent plot and people who want to know what it s like to read a book from a Japanese author.Will I re read this book NO ABSOLUTELY NOT.Will I proofread this review Maybe in a couple of months, I don t know

  7. Susan says:

    This is the second novel by Shuichi Yoshida which has been translated into English, following his hugely successful literary thriller, Villain Parade looks at the lives of several young people who share an apartment in Tokyo There is twenty one year old student, Ryosuke Sugimoto, unemployed twenty three year old Kotomi Okochi, who spends her time waiting for her boyfriend to phone, twenty four year old Mirai Soma, who manages a store, longs to become a successful illustrator and drinks too m This is the second novel by Shuichi Yoshida which has been translated into English, following his hugely successful literary thriller, Villain Parade looks at the lives of several young people who share an apartment in Tokyo There is twenty one year old student, Ryosuke Sugimoto, unemployed twenty three year old Kotomi Okochi, who spends her time waiting for her boyfriend to phone, twenty four year old Mirai Soma, who manages a store, longs to become a successful illustrator and drinks too much and the eldest, twenty eight year old Naoki Uhara, who works for an independent film distributor This book examines their past, lives and dreams as they each tell their story The apartment block the four live in is meant to be for young married couples, so they are wary of complaining about apartment 402, which they suspect of being involved in illegal activity As well as concerns about their neighbours, they are aware of violent attacks happening to women locally Then they are joined by a young boy, eighteen year old Satoru Kokubo Nobody at first seems sure who he is or who invited him to stay, but he is gradually accepted by these people playing at being friends Gradually, Satoru changes the delicate balance which has existed within these almost random group of housemates and his story intertwines with theirs Why is such a young boy living on the streets and how does he earn his living Although there are undercurrents of a crime story, this is reallya portrait of a place and the people living there These are all young people who live in the city of Tokyo, and who have been brought together almost by random events It is about anonymity, friendship, family and alienation amongst young people I found it an incredibly fascinating picture of Tokyo, especially the younger generation who exist on the margins of society and the fact that so many people, especially in cities, know so little about their neighbours or friends and have to accept them on face value I am not sure it worked so well as a thriller, but as a literary novel it was extremely interesting, even if the ending was a little abrupt and I would certainly readbooks by this author Lastly, I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, for review

  8. Tenma says:

    This novel reminds me of confessions by Kanae Minato Both novels are divided into sections, each narrated by a different character to give the reader an overview of the story from contrasting points of view However, while confessions is serious with a dark tone, parade is lightly hearted and funny I felt the synopsis on the back cover to be slightly puffed up I was expecting the story to verge and develop into a sort of crime novel with a climax, but that never happened This is rather This novel reminds me of confessions by Kanae Minato Both novels are divided into sections, each narrated by a different character to give the reader an overview of the story from contrasting points of view However, while confessions is serious with a dark tone, parade is lightly hearted and funny I felt the synopsis on the back cover to be slightly puffed up I was expecting the story to verge and develop into a sort of crime novel with a climax, but that never happened This is rather a plotless and simple novel that tells the happenings and story of five youngsters in their teens and tweens while sharing a small flat in Tokyo It should appeal to anyone interested in slice of life novels I really liked this book, at least a big chunk of it What I did not like, or rather hated, is the side story about a series of assaults that occurred in the vicinity of the apartment This side plot was so poorly developed that it felt completely out of place It had no artistic value and only served to spoil a rather elegant novel I would have given this novel a rating of 4 or 5 if it was not for this unnecessary intrusion

  9. Jayaprakash Satyamurthy says:

    A story of urban life among an unmoored younger generation on the borders between college and professional life At first it seems like fairly cozy story of 4 roommates but we slowly see how empty their fellowship is and in a shocking final act, we see how much emptiness this low stakes, low involvement lifestyle conceals.

  10. Shāfiya Mū says:

    I went on crying The tears wouldn t stop It was like there was another me, totally separate, ignoring the real me, and crying like crazyI can t think of a better description for what this book represents than this quote right here, up above this review, which I hope comes out sounding coherentParadeby Shuichi Yoshida is a story about four distinctly different individuals who all reside in a small two bedroom Tokyo apartment How these four came to be together is a matterI went on crying The tears wouldn t stop It was like there was another me, totally separate, ignoring the real me, and crying like crazyI can t think of a better description for what this book represents than this quote right here, up above this review, which I hope comes out sounding coherentParadeby Shuichi Yoshida is a story about four distinctly different individuals who all reside in a small two bedroom Tokyo apartment How these four came to be together is a matter of happenstance due to life s quirky humour They end up developing a friendship that they don t even realize exists their connections to one another that muchattuned than they could have imagined, and it s brilliantly executed You have Ryosuke Sugimoto, a college student who ends up starting an affair with his best friend s girlfriend Kotomi Okochi is a young woman who devotedly sits by the telephone awaiting a former boyfriend s call so they can go have random sex Mirai Souma is another young lady who goes out drinking every night, sharing late night theatrics with a bunch of gay men Finally, there s Naoki Ihara, the responsible one of the four some, who works long hours as an aspiring filmmaker This hodgepodge of individuality forms the blob that resides in apartment 401 Day in and day out they share the details of their daily lives, no matter how scandalous, like a distant relative asking for you to pass the butter at the breakfast table While their conversations are casual and relaxed, beneath the glaze of each of them, resides dark secrets from their pasts that have been meticulously incubated through trials and tribulations of being an adolescent and then an adult The result of this pregnancy reveals itself through actions that are taken during the two hundred thirty pages of this novel The book is written in five chapters with each chapter being the perspective of one of the characters, and an extra mystery person who shows up in the first half of the book Talking about this stranger would be construed as giving a spoiler, so I m not going to touch it I will say that it is someone who tosses the precarious balance that the four some have developed into array, which then creates a cause and effect type of situation that makes the reading evenbizarre Each perspective is expressed in great detail, taking into account the ambience of city life Everything is very fast paced and bustling There is a scene described where one of the roommates is watching the autonomy of cars stopping and going at a lighted intersection This natural order of things is an element of the city that fascinates him these cars moving and stopping without ever getting into an accident There s another scene that takes place in an office, where folks wearing suits, ties, and stockings shuffle papers and answer phone calls, illustrating the atypical work day of another character These come together to formulate an in depth look at how functional and routine city living are for most people While this can sound down right boring, and it just may be boring as fuck for many readers, I found it to be positively engrossing Even though I live in a small city so to speak , I rarely step outside of my own home To be able to get a glimpse of how things work in a totally different environment than what I know as comfortable is quite riveting It also helps establish the working order of the small household in apartment 401 The prose is careful, intellectual, and scrupulous with anecdotes and life lessons hidden away in drunken or vulnerable situations On some level, I began to formulate a sort of love hate relationship with each of the characters I grew to love specific traits such as bluntness and kindness , but I just couldn t help myself and began to loathe the poor decisions that these kids continue to make out of comfort or fear It can be excruciatingly frustrating, yet simultaneously it s enlightening I was bitch smacked in the face with my own fears and denial about certain aspects of my life that I m just not ready to face The people, each of them, end up inhabiting some titbit of empathetic morsels that you never truly see coming Makes you realize that you really can t know everything there is to know of any one personParadeis a deeply provocative novel with complex characters, but it is a slow read I m already a slow reader to begin with, so it took me much longer to finish these two hundred pages than normal The diligently way it s written, makes you want to focus on every word to get every inch of the larger picture, which isn t a bad thing, but it can stir boredom or restlessness for long reading sessions The book is also a bit anti climactic You go on and on absorbing information about four people, hoping for some kind of catastrophic explosion at the end, but it never arrives There is a huge shock that does occur eventually, however, it s in the last ten pages and way that it s dealt with is very unsatisfactory.While it works for this book, it s not something everyone can pick up and enjoy, and not something that will work for other books If you needaction, or fast paced occurrences within a novel to hook your interest, then you should pass on Parade The bulk of the action just won t be worth it to you Nonetheless, if you are the type of person who enjoys reading about wholly complicated people with some deep, dark shit hiding underneath their mask of smiles and how do you dos, then definitely pick it up 3.5 rainstorms out of 5