Innocent World (英語) ペーパーバック – 2004/10/1
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Enter a world of nihilism and self destruction. Enter a world of rape, incest, and trauma. Enter a world of violence, drugs, and prostitution. Enter an Innocent World.
Ami believes in nothing, hopes for nothing, and turns tricks because it's something to do. Her journey from the pit of despair to the precarious edge of something else captures the part of being seventeen that never makes it into words.
Japan's princess of the disenchanted, Ami Sakurai, burst onto the scene with the razor -sharp novella whose sheer intensity elevates misanthropy to the level of art. Innocent World is her first work to appear in English.
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The story is fairly captivating at the beginning, but then it letarally goes over the top and it leaves the reader with a doubt about what the author wanted to achieve with such a trama: the protagonist is a girl who turns tricks to afford her expensive clothes and engage in passionate sex with her disable brother, until she finds out that she is the daughter of a semen donor and the story takes unexpected turns.
Honsetly, I was expecting something more related to the Enjo kosai than a "noir".
The writing is pretty simple and you should have no problem finishing this in one sitting, though you may want to read through it one more time and analyze it further.
The book is a quick read (I finished it in about an hour). I wish I had just taken it out at the library instead of spending $10 on something I can read in one sitting.
All in all, the material is meant for 'mature' readers, but the style is clearly not. A lot of reviewers say that the 'love' between the main character and her brother is just 'beautiful', but I failed to see the beauty in animalistic um.... stuff between siblings. In my opinion, this book is purely shock value with no substance, so if that is your thing, then go for it.
The protagonist of Innocent World, Ami, is Every Young Girl in Tokyo: educated parents who send her to a private school, an absent father, a young woman lacking nothing who is utterly devoid of feeling. The only possible twist is that her older brother is retarded. She discovers that she was the product of fertility treatments that involved a sperm donor not her father (her mother did not want another child with developmental problems, for which she blamed her salaryman husband). This leads Ami in pursuit of Number 307: the man who donated his seed. On the way she prostitutes herself - perhaps out of boredom, perhaps out of resentment - and becomes physically and emotionally involved with her half-brother.
A depressing if insightful read.