Continuing in my run this year of reading books by Ryu Murakami: Audition!
Documentary-maker Aoyama hasn’t dated anyone in the seven years since the death of his beloved wife, Ryoko. Now even his teenage son Shige has suggested he think about remarrying. So when his best friend Yoshikawa comes up with a plan to hold fake film auditions so that Aoyama can choose a new bride, he decides to go along with the idea. Of the thousands who apply, Aoyama only has eyes for Yamasaki Asami, a young, beautiful, delicate and talented ballerina with a turbulent past. But there is more to her than Aoyama, blinded by his infatuation, can see, and by the time he discovers the terrifying truth it may be too late.
The third I have read by this Murakami (as opposed to the better known Haruki!) and perhaps his best known work.
The story follows Aoyama as he begins to date a young, unique, captivating girl who auditioned for the part in a film (set up intentionally by a friend of his in order for him to find a new partner). Despite warnings from friends and weird happenings, Aoyama, blinded by love, pursues Asami, with the typical Ryu Murakami thriller to follow.
I did find both Aoyama and Asami attractive characters throughout the book, and I did enjoy reading the develop of their relationship. It was interesting to see how Murakami approached the exchange in conversation between a widowed older man and a younger (rebellious?) woman. I did care to find out the outcome of the characters and read the book quite quickly.
I think the ending of the book disappointed me a little bit though in comparison to the rest. The build up was tense and I couldn’t put the book down as I approached the closing chapters, but once I finished, I was let feeling somewhat unfulfilled.
Of all the books I have read by Ryu Murakami, I enjoyed In the Miso Soup the most. I feel my current run of reading his books will end for now, but maybe I’ll pick up some of his other stuff again in the future.