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Title: Speed of lightness
Authors: Sherwood, Barrie
Keywords: Humanities::Language::English
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Penguin Random House SEA
Source: Sherwood, B. (2021). Speed of lightness. Penguin Random House SEA.
Project: 002523-00001
Abstract: Kyoto University student Aozora Fujiwara has been playing too much mah-jong and now he’s deep in debt. When Aunt Okane (‘money’) dies and leaves a collection of priceless art to him and his sister, Mai, he thinks his problems are solved. But they’re only just beginning: Mai’s disappeared and he can’t liquidate the estate without her. The quest that ensues takes Aozora to the deep south of Japan and the unlikely setting of a Dutch theme park called, Amsterland… The joy in Sherwood’s tale is in Aozora’s madcap journey, during which he meets a slew of silly-and often sinister-souls. Among them: an oyster-loving businessman who sells lifelike inflatable dolls, and a corpulent crime boss who looks like a cross between Liberace and Kim Jong-Il. In his carefully woven descriptions, Sherwood shows unusual insight into a fastchanging society of disaffected youth and sleazy governance. This picaresque on steroids offers a refreshingly irreverent look at contemporary life in a not entirely implausible Japan.
ISBN: 9789814914086
Schools: School of Humanities 
Rights: © 2021 Barrie Sherwood. Published by Penguin Random House SEA Pte Ltd. All rights reserved.
Fulltext Permission: none
Fulltext Availability: No Fulltext
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