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Battle Royale by Koushun Takami


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#21 geordie9

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 03:40 PM

didnt even know this was a book, loved the film so ill put the book on my list



#22 Michelle

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 05:39 PM

Bumping up an old thread, as I've just finished this book. I actually read the 'remastered' 2014 edition.. I loved the cover when I saw it in Waterstones, remembered it was on my wishlist, and so bought it just before Christmas. It's supposedly a new improved translation, but obviously I can't comment on that, not seeing the original.

 

It's a big book, and yet incredibly readable. It's not going to be for everyone, but I would say that it's not just violence for violence sake.. it is quite graphic, but it all feels part of the story being told. I was worried at the beginning that I would't keep up with the various characters, especially with the Japanese names, but after a while this wasn't a problem, and I followed fine. Unless the violence particularly concerns you, it's a book I'd highly recommend.



#23 Nollaig

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 11:23 AM

Glad you enjoyed it Michelle, I feel much the same about it as you do. Haven't read it in about ten years, might be time for a re-read!






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