- Copertina flessibile: 396 pagine
- Editore: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (13 gennaio 2012)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 146795473X
- ISBN-13: 978-1467954730
- Peso di spedizione: 671 g
Roppongi (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 13 gen 2012
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Nick Vasey was born in 1968, raised in various parts of Australia, and completed a Commerce degree in accounting, marketing and law in 1989 at Murdoch University. Thereafter, one year of working in a multinational accounting practice was all it took to convince him to quit the typical career-path, and go travelling instead. Wise choice. Over the next fifteen years Nick had a variety of adventures in over forty countries around the world. It would be safe to say that travelling itself became his primary passion. These experiences have confirmed in Nick a profoundly libertarian streak, and repeatedly proven to him that governments rarely have their citizens’ best interests at heart and by default, should be regarded with extreme scepticism. Out of curiosity, in 2004 Nick briefly returned to Australia and plugged back into the ‘Matrix’ for a while, but found he still had no use for it. Dumbfounded and disappointed by people’s mindless pursuit of material wealth, AFL Football and reality-TV, in 2008 he quit the first-world altogether, for a more tranquil life in the Southern-Sierran township of Vilcabamba, Ecuador. Nick and his wife Laura now live simply, with their many animals, in the mountain-top sanctuary they have named ‘Motu-Iti’. Currently, Nick is probably building a hummingbird feeder, and thinking about writing his second novel. If you would like to contact Nick, please visit the ‘Roppongi’ website: www.roppongithenovel.com.
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It could be any mayor city in the world.. where foreigners create their own world, after sunset until the first beams of sunlight enter the small deserted alleys. It is a fast changing world. Nightclubs in Japan drifting in the muzu-shobai (watertrade) come and go. As people's taste and economy changes, they disappear in a wink, while only our memories last.
Nick, inspired about the memories of an intense lifetime, wrote a carefully well written novel about this scene. A scene that took place in the so- called High Touch Town, Roppongi, that many people around the world visited. Revisited.
A place that many of us remember clearly or blurred in a fog, having worked in the shadow of Japans nighttime.
"working the nightlife scene in Roppongi becomes sort of like a planet you live on for a while." And that is certainly true..
Nick's novel brought me back into this nighttime scene I worked in for two years. I've read it non-stop, with great enjoyment..
A personal note;
It was 2012 since I enjoyed reading your novel, and I never forgot those words: "Someone should write a story about working at the nightclubs in the Heart of High Touch Town." I knew what you were talking about.
Writing about Japans nightlife I already did back then, but you didn't know.. eagerly I read your words in ROPPONGI, reliving the world we so intensely lived with many others.
As you know, it was along road.. It wasn't easy. But now I did publish my first book in Dutch, taking the life of a an exotic dancer out of Japans nighttime darkness, I am proud we both did. Thanks for your novel.. thanks for sharing our past. You did great.
Anoek de Groot, (author of NACHTWILD, memoires van een danseres in het Japanse nachtleven)
The only gripe I have is that the main character is a wildly unlikable drugged out tart with a moral compass that spins in every direction. More than a Brit or American, the main character Zack actually reminds me most of the Israeli drug dealers that used to operate in Roppongi before the Nigerians eventually pushed them out. I wanted to like the main character. I wanted to see in him someone I knew or could relate to, but I just could not grow to like the main character of this book, and that took away slightly from the experience.
Anyway, this is an exiting read. It brought tears in certain parts of the book. It gives you a great feel for the district of Roppongi and the clubs that actually exist. The supporting characters are well rounded.
I had read of review of Glass Geisha. It's not available in the states, but I checked my twitter and saw the mention of this book. I spent time in Mexico, under similar circumstances just a couple of years earlier than when this novel takes place. This made me curious about this novel. I really, really liked it. And a first novel?? I never would have known it.
My only small critique is that once again, strippers are written to be bad, mean, greedy and stupid. (What's new?) We're not all like that. My style is more like "Crystal" than those horrible vultures that worked in "Cloud Nine".
Other than that, this is highly recommended.
I think most people would have encountered a character like Zack at some stage in their life. What we may not have had the opportunity to do is to immerse ourselves in such a complex individual's perspective and thought processes during such a tumultuous period of their life. The author skillfully articulates Zack's exciting experiences, the people he encounters and most interestingly, the metamorphosis of his persona.
To anyone who has worked in or lived the nightclub scene, indulged in the euphoric party drug lifestyle or perhaps wished they had, should buy this book without hesitation. I feel like I too have personally experienced the bizarre world of Roppongi without ever having travelled to Japan.
Well done Nick Vasey. You have the talent that ensures we will wait eagerly for your next literary installment. Who knows, perhaps even a prequel?