The Kingdom

The Kingdom Yurika is a freelancer in the Tokyo underworld She poses as a prostitute carefully targeting potential Johns selecting powerful and high profile men When she is alone with them she drugs them and t

  • Title: The Kingdom
  • Author: Fuminori Nakamura Kalau Almony
  • ISBN: 9781616955922
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Yurika is a freelancer in the Tokyo underworld She poses as a prostitute, carefully targeting potential Johns, selecting powerful and high profile men When she is alone with them, she drugs them and takes incriminating photos to sell for blackmail purposes She knows very little about the organization she s working for, and is perfectly satisfied with the arrangement, asYurika is a freelancer in the Tokyo underworld She poses as a prostitute, carefully targeting potential Johns, selecting powerful and high profile men When she is alone with them, she drugs them and takes incriminating photos to sell for blackmail purposes She knows very little about the organization she s working for, and is perfectly satisfied with the arrangement, as long as it means she doesn t have to reveal anything about her identity, either She operates alone and lives a private, solitary life, doing her best to lock away painful memories.But when a figure from Yurika s past emerges, she realizes there is someone out there who knows all her secrets her losses, her motivations, her every move There are whispers of a crime lord named Kizaki a monster, she is told and Yurika finds herself trapped in a game of cat and mouse Is she wily enough to escape one of the most sadistic men in Tokyo

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  • Fuminori Nakamura Kalau Almony

    His debut novel J The Gun won the Shinch New Author Prize in 2002 Also received the Noma Prize for New Writers in 2004 for Shak The Shade Winner of the Akutagawa Prize in 2005 for Tsuchi no naka no kodomo Child in the Ground Suri Pickpocket won the e Kenzabur Prize in 2010 His other works include Sekai no Hate The Far End of the World , koku Kingdom , and Meiky Labyrinth.See also .

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  • This book was really weird. Probably one of the weirdest books I’ve read. No, definitely one of the weirdest books I’ve read. Yurika takes us on a journey through her life where she works as a freelancer posing as a prostitute to blackmail important men. That isn’t even the strangest bit, because what’s truly strange is the descriptions of the enjoyment she gets out of having power over these powerful men. I feel no sympathy for Yurika because she has no sense of empathy whatsoever, exce [...]


  • When it comes to international crime writers there are certain names that spring to mind automatically. Jo Nesbo is one, as is Mo Hayder, and certainly Stieg Larsson. But if I had to name just one author whose name is absolutely iconic in the field of border and boundary crushing noir, it would be Fuminori Nakamura, the Japanese master who brought us the breakout novel, The Thief. That book received much attention and garnered high accolades from readers and critics alike, so I was delighted to [...]


  • This was dire. A plausible idea and good, concisely-drawn atmosphere, but wasted on unruly, lazy plotting and generally timeworn outcomes. One thing that is always a very delicate area is a male author writing first-person scenes for a female character. And it becomes especially tricky in scenes that are intimate, or that have to cover sex or sexual violence. Suffice to say that those kinds of scenes are included here but go badly for all concerned. In this book we are often left with YA splashe [...]


  • I was really disappointed in this upcoming title by Fuminori Nakaura. I loved his previous The Gun and I had friends and peers recommend his backlist titles like The Thief. The Kingdom didn't have the same effect for me and here's why. It's pretty much a YA novel. From the simplistic writing and the flow, it felt too easy and immature to be considered an adult crime noir fiction. Maybe it's the translation or by the way it was written, it didn't measure up to his past work. Then there is the und [...]


  • 1.5 stars, because I finished it, and it was not the worst book I have read this year.Girl lures men, incapacitates them and takes incriminating photos.Man who hired her is enemy of other man doing the same thing.Both men say she'll be killed if she does not do their bidding, and then claim she is not worth the effort, despite expending a lot of effort.And oh yah, she tries to save unlikable orphan boy for some ill-defined reason.Maybe more happenedI scanned a lot.


  • 3.5 starsWhen did I realize I would never get what I want most? Do I still want it? if I got it, what would I do?I really love Asian crime fiction, so I was very disappointed to read 2 bland books in a row from the genre. I didn't love A Perfect Crime, and I actually had very similar issues with this novel. Which is funny, since I read them back-to-back.The plot here is definitely very engaging. Our main character Yurika works as a fake prostitute: she picks specific Johns, then drugs them and t [...]


  • How is it that for every great book Nakamura writes, he also comes up with one piece of incomprehensible garbage? I don't get it. For a long time I wanted to blame the translators, but it's the same people translating the books.It's a very simplistic writing style, and while it comes off as almost Hemingwayesque in The Thief and The Gun, it's childish and ridiculous here. And the philosophizing is dumb (there's a part where someone talks about gnosticism in terms of gods having low level powers, [...]


  • A prostitute is employed by a yakuza to ply her trade to exploit the weaknesses of powerful men until a rival yakuza recruits her to use against her original employer. Seems like a promising conceit. But don't mistake this novel for being a thriller. It's much more an exercise in existential Japanese noir. And that drained it of its thrills. It was just very cold. Too cold for me.The characters really seemed to have no life to them. The two yakuza were simply sociopaths. And hardly much warmer b [...]


  • I’m quite surprised by the low ratings and all the comments about the weirdness of this book. Maybe I’ve been reading too much Japanese fiction, because it didn’t seem odd to me at all. Yes, the storyline is original and unusual and Yurika is a hard character to understand, but it all makes sense and is fairly short and easy to follow. Some of the scenes are a little confronting and unsettling, but Yurika’s life doesn’t follow a normal pattern either! I quite enjoyed the suspense and u [...]


  • "enjoy the emptiness". This is my first taste of the work of Mr Nakamura and i will be keen to read more. Nihilistic zen-noir full of philosophical gangsters and set in a bleak neon Japan. Bleak and relentless - it would make a great movie. A thriller you don't want to put down, full of characters with nothing to lose, who value their own lives as meaningless as the people they destroy, and full of a dark energy. Fantastic.


  • There is something decidedly odd about the approach to sex in many Japanese novels that I've read. The Kingdom is certainly one of these. But while that jars, it's not the key issue that I had. Perhaps Yurika, the central character, sums it up best, in that she believes her life is "empty and pointless."After finishing the book, I couldn't agree more!


  • Spoiler: A Mysterious Evil man with a hidden agenda and supernatural-like powers is out to scare the shit out of you and ruin your life in a manner you may not necessarily disagree with. Similar to "The Thief" but this anti-hero is drab and empty. And since she is a woman, it is obvious she will be raped before the novel's end. Terrible, sloppy, disappointing book


  • I am happy to discover his writer. She tells gritty tales from the first person that keep you reading o the end. This novel is short enough to finish at on sitting and punches all the way.The protagonist is a prostitute with the usual background and a heart of gold.The fatalism in her character is surmounted by her intelligence and cunning.A very good read.


  • I've read four of his books and liked them all. His style fascinates me. Existential weirdness abounds in all of his tormented characters. The fact that so many people give low ratings to this book only convinces me further of it's special qualities.


  • This book leaves you with closure which is good for an ending, but it has so many deeper thoughts for someone who isn't exactly experiencing what the main character (Yurika) is. That's what makes this book good, giving you a good view of a well thought imagination and well written characters.


  • Two-and-a-half. Felt tremendously underwritten but also seemed like it didn't have much to say (if that makes sense at all.) I've read three of Mr. Nakamura's books, and this one was by far my least favorite. Still very much into his writing. This one and I just didn't click.





  • I'm not sure if something got lost in the translation, but I had a hard time following the flow of the plot sometimes. And I had an even harder time caring about what happened to the characters.



  • My opinion is that this novel was much more compelling than "The Gun" (which was weakly written), but nowhere near as good as "The Thief" and "Evil and the Mask" (which are Nakamura's two masterpieces). The story in this novel is told by a freelance prostitute named Yurika. The Kingdom is actually not a sequel to The Thief, but rather a "sister novel", and the pickpocket from The Thief only makes a brief appearance when he pickpockets Yurika's knife and asks her why she was talking to Kizaki, wh [...]


  • Last read of 2017: The Kingdom by Fuminori NakamuraAs usual, no spoilers. I've enjoyed almost all the books I read by this author (the exception being "Last Winter, We Parted"). I enjoyed this one (not as much as the one I'm reading now but that's for later). Yurika "freelances" in the Tokyo underworld. She is hired by an "organisation" she knows very little about. She works alone, lives a solitary life and locks away her past. There is something about Yurika, who is both unlikeable and appealin [...]


  • Yurika, a young con artist, finds herself a pawn in a turf war between two rival criminal organizations. It's a lean crime thriller, where the protagonists spend a lot of time second-guessing and manoeuvring around each other, with the stakes being raised after each encounter.



  • Nothing really matters. Anyone can see.Once upon a time when she really needed cash, Yurika did some underground work for a man named Yata. When her reasons for needing cash ended, she shrugged her shoulders, said "fuck it," and stuck around underground as a freelancemething or other. Basically Yurika gets men into compromising positions and photographs them while they're out cold, so Yata and his organization can blackmail them. A pretty straightforward life with no illusions, which is good, be [...]


  • To Be published by Soho Crime in July of 2016 Fuminori Nakamura writes existential crime novels, reminiscent of James Sallis or David Goodis. His Japan is full of corruption, pain, madness, and secret networks that control business, politics, and the structure of everyday life. There are no villains in a Nakamura novel, no heroes, and no defined concept of right and wrong. In many ways, Nakamura is the demonic inversion of Haruki Murakami. Both write about emotionally detached people, as removed [...]


  • Right away, the style and visual detail of this strange story grabs the reader. It isn't clear what's going on, but just enough details are offered to make it worth while to keep reading. The aesthetic details of Tokyo's red light district are beautiful. The main character has some connection to the moon and water. Both of these symbols seem omnipresent in her world. The reason behind this symbol is not clear. I am somewhat disappointed that it didn't really have much significance at the end. Th [...]


  • A person judging solely from the dust jacket might assume that "The Kingdom" is a somewhat lurid crime novel. It speaks of Yurika, a young woman who works for a criminal organization that asks her to pretend to be a prostitute in order to entrap powerful men. Caught in the middle of an underworld power struggle, Yurika must find some way to survive.In actuality the crime elements of "The Kingdom" feel more like window dressing for an intensely philosophical novel. It explores notions such as mas [...]


  • THE KINGDOM. (2011). Fuminori Nakamura. **.When the Japanese try and write noir, they write it based on some other definition in their dictionaries. This novel by Nakamura tells of the life of his heroine (?) Yurika. She is a borderline prostitute, working in Tokyo. Her special talent is in getting her clients doped up prior to any sex happening and then photographing them in questionable poses – either alone or with her as part of the picture too. She does this at the behest of some gangster [...]


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