October 28 Event: Third Book Club!

Experience an epic, riveting, absurd and deadly battle between six young men and six obasan in Popular Hits of the Showa Era, the English translation of a Ryu Murakami novel.

Here are the details for our third book club meeting in 2015:

  • Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Location: Chatime (1811 Ste-Catherine W)
  • Cost: free!

Our third book will be Popular Hits of the Showa Era: A Novel by Ryu Murakami, translated to English by Ralph McCarthy from the original, Shôwa kayô daizenshû.

192 pages

popular-hits-of-the-showa-eraIn his most irreverent novel yet, Ryu Murakami creates a rivalry of epic proportions between six aimless youths and six tough-as-nails women who battle for control of a Tokyo neighbourhood.

 At the outset, the young men seem louche but harmless, their activities limited to drinking, snacking, peering at a naked neighbour through a window, and performing karaoke. The six “aunties” are fiercely independent career women. When one of the boys executes a lethal ambush of one of the women, chaos ensues.

 The women band together to find the killer and exact revenge. In turn, the boys buckle down, study physics, and plot to take out their nemeses in a single blast. Who knew that a deadly “gang war” could be such fun? Murakami builds the conflict into a hilarious, spot-on satire of modern culture and the tensions between the sexes and generations.

(Synopsis from Amazon.ca)

Interested in joining the Book Club?

Here are some handy links to buy the book!

If you are interested in joining us or have any questions, please contact us!