ALL SHE WAS WORTH MIYUKI MIYABE PDF

In preparation for his marriage to Shoko Sekine, Jun Kurisaka urges her to apply for a credit card in her own name. Why did she act so shocked? Jun asks his uncle, Shunsuke Honma, a Tokyo homicide inspector conveniently on sick leave with a bullet wound. Honma's reluctant conclusion: because Shoko didn't know about her own bankruptcy—because she wasn't really Shoko Sekine at all but an impostor who'd assumed her identity.

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All She Was Worth is an addictive, intriguing crime mystery novel set in Tokyo in the s. But why was this secret so shameful that Shoko had to abandon her life in Tokyo, and how did she manage to disappear without leaving a trace? As Honma begins to investigate and talk to people who knew Shoko a new question arises… Is Shoko really who she says she is? All She Was Worth teases its story out slowly, making it very difficult to simply put the book down when you reach the end of a chapter.

As Honma digs deeper into the life of Shoko Sekine, more questions are thrown up rather than answers, eventfully sending him shuttling between Tokyo and Osaka in a quest for the truth. The story really comes alive about halfway through but all the way it slowly builds the tension by creeping through to the heart-stopping finale. Despite being written nearly 20 years ago, All She Was Worth is set in a depressingly timeless era of loan sharks and credit card debts.

Even the most responsible and level-headed individuals can fall into the sophisticated traps laid by salespeople and loan companies… Sound familiar? That said, in some ways the book is definitely a product of its time, with Honma huddling inside pay phones rather than whipping out his mobile and checking stuff out on the internet. All She Was Worth is a brilliant Japanese mystery novel, slowly drip-feeding clues rather than whacking the reader over the head with pre-amble and exposition.

I hope you get to read her other works — she spins a fine and engaging yarn! And yes, Haruki Murakami is always a good author to pick up, but some of his books are definitely better than others…. Yup, the Confessions book only came out in the UK last year. I only have 2, though. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email.

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All She Was Worth

All She Was Worth is an addictive, intriguing crime mystery novel set in Tokyo in the s. But why was this secret so shameful that Shoko had to abandon her life in Tokyo, and how did she manage to disappear without leaving a trace? As Honma begins to investigate and talk to people who knew Shoko a new question arises… Is Shoko really who she says she is? All She Was Worth teases its story out slowly, making it very difficult to simply put the book down when you reach the end of a chapter.

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Amazon wishlist. All She was Worth by Miyabe Miyuki. Our Assessment: B : somewhat plodding, but a decent story, neatly spun out. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review 's biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

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As Honma navigates the country for clues, he finds that the credit-based economy in Japan, coupled with the country's own system for family identification, have undesirable side effects on ordinary people's lives. Miyabe's novel touches on many topics, including the Japanese asset price bubble mentioned earlier, plus social issues of family registry , the credit industry , the underground credit economy, and the rights and responsibilities of individuals in contrast to that of families. At one point Isaka, Honma's friend and housekeeper, talks about a flaming wagon that takes sinners to hell, citing Japanese Buddhist mythology. The significance is that the real Shoko had gone through hell with her credit card bankruptcy, but then the fake Shoko Kyoko had taken her place in the chariot and was going to hell in it. Both versions were produced by TV Asahi. Unlike in the original Japanese book, where Jun walks out on Honma and refuses to believe he has been tricked thereby not playing a role in most of the story , Mun-ho helps out Jong-geun in the investigation, despite their differences.

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