ALL SHE WAS WORTH MIYUKI MIYABE PDF

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Ordinary people plunge into insurmountable personal debt and fall prey to dangerous a,l of underground creditors-so dangerous, in fact, that murder may be the only way out. A beautiful young woman vanishes, and the detective quickly finds she was not whom she had claimed to be.

Is she a victim, a killer, or both? In a country that tracks its citizens at every turn, how can two women claim the same identity and then disappear without a trace? Paperbackpages. Published May 12th by Mariner Books first published July 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about All She Was Worthplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 18, Shovelmonkey1 rated it it was ok Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: All She was Worth was billed to me as a mystery and thriller and aside from reading Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto, I’ve not read a lot of Japanese Literature so I was intrigued to see how this would pan out.

None of the above. You will be introduced to Tokyo Metropolitan Police Detective Shunsuke Honma who is polite, and dogged and due to an injury at work is taking his crime solving at a mor All She was Worth was billed to me as a mystery and thriller and aside from reading Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto, I’ve not read a lot of Japanese Literature so I was intrigued to see how this would pan out. You will be introduced to Tokyo Metropolitan Police Detective Shunsuke Honma who is polite, and dogged and due to an injury at work is taking his crime solving at a more leisurely pace.

And I have to say that for an eagerly anticipated thriller, this book had about as much pace as a slug covered in treacle trying to tow a tiny slug-sized cluster of Atlas Balls. I actually had to slog and slug through the pages and found my attention prone to a good old wander. In fact sometimes my attention wandered so far it came back with souvenirs.

To provide a sketchy plot outline all you need know is that a young girl has gone missing and in the course of trying to track her down, an identity switcheroo becomes wortj. This leads to a lot of explanations dealing with Japanese identity, the logistics of altering and stealing identity in Japan where family identity rather than individual identity is recorded and also a bafflingly in-depth look at the world of Japanese banking, credit cards and the murky world of money lending.

If you hold a deep seated interest in modern Japanese culture, particularly the more obscure economic facts then this muyuki the book for you. If this last group of subjects are of no particular interest to you then, like me, you might find your attention span taking a little vacation and turning up a few hours later with a straw donkey under one arm and some duty free booze under the other.

View all 4 comments. Jul 25, Patrick Sherriff rated it really liked it Shelves: A decent police procedural this, with lots of good touches but a few flaws. On the plus side of the ledger are the sleuth, a widower with an adopted son and a gammy leg; an ingenious believable premise of stolen identity; and the completely authentic setting of the seedier side of 90s Japan trying to keep the bubble inflated on borrowed money.

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But in the minus column, a couple of pages demand to be skipped where a lawyer spouts exposition on the dangers to, and legal standing of heretofore not a A decent police procedural this, with lots of good touches but a few flaws.

But in the minus column, a couple of pages demand to be skipped where a lawyer spouts exposition on the dangers to, and legal standing of heretofore not aforementioned folks affected by bankruptcy and personal debt that read suspiciously like Miyabe had just discovered an online legal dictionary and the cut and paste function on her word processor.

More critically, I thought the novel lacked a little tension. At no point was our sleuth or his kid in any danger; every hunch proved to be correct; and I kept waiting for the twist which never arrived. It felt like Miyabe could have done more, tested the characters or taken the plot a little further, but had stayed comfortably in the black, instead of pushing for broke. Still, worth a read. View all 3 comments. Jan 22, Ray rated it liked it Shelves: A policeman is asked by his nephew to look for his missing fiance.

The policeman is on convalescent leave so takes the case on. What follows is a painstaking investigation that uncovers deception, murder, impersonation and dangerous links to the Japanese underworld in the former of loan sharks and yakusa enforcers. A competent crime thriller which was a real page turner, as the cop follows a trail from clue to clue. Japan is a very different culture to my own and I enjoyed being immersed in a som A policeman is asked by his nephew to look for his missing fiance.

Japan is a very different culture to my own and I enjoyed being immersed in a somewhat alien world. There is an element of crusade against the evils of excessive debt and credit which irked a little. A good three out of five, close to a four Pertama kali melihat cover novel ini saya langsung penasaran untuk membacanya. Cover hasil karya Eduard Iwan Mangopang ini sangat menggambarkan isi dari cerita novel ini, dimana ada wajah sesosok seorang wanita dengan latar belakang kehidupan hiruk pikuk perkotaan.

Warna merah juga sangat pas karena bisa menarik perhatian para pembaca untuk melihat dan membeli novel ini. Konsumerisme serta pemakaian kartu kredit secara berlebihan merupak Pertama kali melihat cover novel ini saya langsung penasaran untuk membacanya. Konsumerisme serta pemakaian kartu kredit secara berlebihan merupakan tema yang diangkat. Melihat begitu banyaknya masyarakat Jepang yang berperilaku sangat konsumtif, tidak heran jika tema tersebut memang layak untuk dibahas.

Tahun sampai merupakan tahun dimana pemakaian kartu kredit sedang diperkenalkan kepada masyarakat Jepang. Maka banyak sekali masyarakat yang terlilit utang pada tiga tahun tersebut sebagai akibat dari dampak pemakaian kartu kredirt secara berlebihan.

Bahkan pada bab 11 sang penulis menjelaskan tentang permasalahan dan detail-detail akibat pemakaian kartu kredit yang mulai menjadi gaya hidup masyarakat Jepang.

Penjelasan tersebut juga sangat membantu saya untuk memahami penyebab tokoh Shoko Sekine mengalami kebangkrutan pribadi. Sangat banyak sekali tokoh-tokoh yang terdapat didalam novel ini, sehingga membuat saya sedikit bingung untuk mengingat setiap tokohnya, ditambah lagi dengan nama-nama orang Jepang yang sulit untuk diingat. Tokoh Shunsuke Honma juga sedikit mengingatkan saya kepada tokoh Cormoran Strike ketika Honma berjalan pincang dan mengeluhkan rasa sakit di kakinya.

Menggunakan sudut pandang orang ketiga yaitu Honma, sangat membantu saya untuk memahami karakternya dan juga pemikirannya yang cerdik. Novel ini juga memiliki alur maju dari awal hingga akhir, walaupun ada sedikit alur mundur ketika dalam percakapan untuk menceritakan kehidupan Shoko Sekine dan kehidupan pelaku yang mencuri identitasnya sebelum mereka berdua menghilang.

Adanya sedikit alur mundur ini juga membantu saya untuk merangkai setiap motif dan alasan dari pelaku, mengapa dia pada akhirnya memilih Shoko Sekine sebagai target untuk dicuri identitasnya. Gaya bahasa yang ditulis Miyuki Miyabe juga mudah untuk dipahami serta tidak bertele-tele dan hasil terjemahannya juga sangat baik. Meskipun ada beberapa istilah dalam bahasa Jepang yang sulit untuk dipahami, tapi tidak terlalu mengganggu ketika membaca.

Selain itu hampir tidak ada typo sama sekali yang membuat saya sangat lancar untuk membaca novel ini. Bagi sebagian orang mungkin akan merasa bosan ketika membaca novel ini karena hampir tidak ada konflik yang menarik.

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Walaupun konfliknya kurang, tetapi saya selalu dibuat penasaran dengan fakta-fakta yang ditemukan oleh Honma. Alasan utama kurangnya konflik didalam novel ini karena sejak awal kasusnya adalah mencari orang hilang sehingga membuat konfliknya tidak semenarik kasus pembunuhan.

Kebanyakan latar tempat yang dipakai adalah Tokyo, Osaka dan Utsunomiya. Penggunaan latar kota Tokyo menurut saya sangat cocok dengan tema yang diangkat. Kota Tokyo merupakan ibu kota negara Jepang sehingga tidak aneh jika pemakaian kartu kredit dan perilaku konsumtif terjadi pada sebagian besar masyarakatnya dengan hadirnya berbagai macam bank dan penyedia jasa kartu kredit.

Secara keseluruhan saya sangat menikmati novel ini karena berhasil membuat saya penasaran akan pelaku serta motifnya mencuri identitas orang lain. Saya juga jadi lebih mengetahui tentang kejamnya dunia peminjaman uang melalui kartu kredit yang banyak melakukan kecurangan dan penipuan kepada para penggunanya. Ada satu hal yang sedikit mengecewakan dari novel ini adalah Miyuki Miyabe tidak memberikan kelanjutan cerita setelah pelaku ditemukan, sehingga membuat saya masih penasaran.

Novel yang sangat saya rekomendasikan karena selain membaca cerita fiksi, saya juga diberikan ilmu baru tentang konsumerisme yang terjadi di Jepang. Apr 07, El rated it liked it Shelves: I was on board with this book almost entirely through, but then somewhere in the last chapter or two felt that the “answer” was a bit less interesting than I had hoped when I went into the reading.

The book is still good, particularly as insight into Japanese society and culture in the s. What’s especially “fun” and interesting about this book is that it’s so relevant still to today. Ah, who doesn’t have any of that?

Besides me, but only because I don’t have one. I’m surro I was on board with this book almost entirely through, but then somewhere in the last chapter or two felt that the “answer” was a bit less interesting than I had hoped when I went into the reading. I’m surrounded by people who are paying off debts from before I even knew them, and I know how insidious the whole debt thing can be by observation. The book brings this alive for me, and the dirty, gritty, noir-like undertones of the story lends itself well to this specific sort of thriller.

The reminder that it also goes beyond credit card debt. While I’ve spent most of my life making sure I’m not indebted to anyone, it wasn’t easy and it’s not something I would recommend to anyone. I can see how easy it is for personal debts to get out of control, and I feel for those people.

And I’m still relatively young – I have my entire life ahead of me in which to fuck up.

ALL SHE WAS WORTH by Miyuki Miyabe , Alfred Birnbaum | Kirkus Reviews

I’m careful, but I’m not rich. It’s like one true emergency and I’ll be out.

I like these sorts of reads, and it looks like the author has similar books out there. This was the first I’ve seen by her, off the my beloved clearance shelf at Half Price Books. I’ll be keeping an eye out for other books by her; I’m impressed by her tightly knit story and it’s clear to me she has skillz in the “pulp” department.

May 31, Leonard rated it really liked it Shelves: While Police Detective Shunsuke Honma is on leave after he injured his leg, a distant relative of his late wife appears and asks for help. Tokyo Stock Exchange Though the pace is slow and parts of the novel can be taken out without much loss, the search for the identities and backgrounds of the two women is interesting. But what really holds the story together is the problem associated with debt-driven consumer-oriented economy, the common link between the two women, the real and the fake Shoko Sekine.

The desire to escape from debt, driving their lives to the sad ending.

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