Kirishima, bukatsu yamerutte yo
[Kirishima’s Leaving the Volleyball Club]
Shūeisha (Shūeisha Bunko), 2012. 256 pp. ¥476. ISBN 978-4-08-746817-5. (Excerpts originally published in Shōsetsu Subaru, Dec. 2009.)
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Readers will first of all be drawn in by the novel’s rhythm and language; they will also appreciate the vivid imagery conjured by its numerous metaphors. While writing that contains many metaphorical expressions can be difficult to read if poorly rendered, in this work they communicate with brilliant clarity the atmosphere of the world of 17-year-old high school students and their unstable emotions. The energetic flow of language has the same effect as listening to a J-pop tune; catching the rhythm of this groovy melody brings lifelike depictions of the young characters into sharp focus.
With the depiction of each character’s frustrations and joys, a realistic portrayal of a group of students takes shape in bold, three-dimensional relief thanks to the author’s clever compositions. Such is the degree of perfection that it is hard to believe this is the debut novel of a 20-year-old writer. This work is a masterpiece among novels of adolescence. (MT)
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