Seishun den deke deke deke
[Jangling Strings of Youth]
Kawade Shobō Shinsha (Kawade Bunko), 1992. 232 pp. ¥490.
ISBN 978-4-309-40352-6. (Originally published in Bungei, Dec. 1990.)
Also published in: Korean
This novel is set in the 1960s. Considering when it was published, it could have been little more than reminiscence about youth. But this work is not just a piece of nostalgia for days now lost—its re-creation of the details of the young people’s passion as they lose themselves in rock music makes it a lively piece of writing. The writer uses the local Sanuki dialect to express the energy of the young characters, and the witty written style turns youthful blunders into happy episodes. Perhaps this explains the book’s tremendous popularity among young people. It is certainly of great interest to anyone who wants to know what sort of novels Japanese high school students like. (CK)
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