By (author) Ryu Murakami, Translated by Ralph McCarthy

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  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 210mm x 18mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Tokyo
  • ISBN 10: 4770030134
  • ISBN 13: 9784770030139
  • Sales rank: 259,548

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In 1969 we were seventeen. We listened to the Beatles, the Stones, the Doors, the Velvet Underground, the Grateful Dead, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Bob Dylan. We read Rimbaud, played guitars, smoked pot, fell in love, rebelled against the establishment, protested the war in Vietnam, barricaded our high school, and produced the first rock festival in our home town - a small city in a remote southwestern corner of Japan. "69" is a roman de clef about coming of age during a time that left its mark on baby boomers around the world - a time when we really believed we could change the world before it changed us. By turns hilarious, cynical, frivolous, and poignant, the book is infused from start to finish with Ryu Murakami's relentless energy and optimism; and it simply refuses to get tedious, preach, or "literary" for a single moment.

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Author information

Whether writing novels, directing films or playing drums in a rock band, RYU MURAKAMI has remained on the cutting edge of popular culture in Japan. He is the recipient of some of the country's most prestigious awards, including the Akutagawa Prize in 1976 for his debut novel, Almost TransparentBlue, which has gone on to sell over two million copies worldwide; and the Yomiuri Literary Award in 1998 for In the Miso Soup, published by Kodansha in hardcover in the United States in 2003, with a trade paperback edition coming from Penguin in 2006. In 1992, Murakami wrote and directed the film "Tokyo Decadence," which had its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. He also wrote and directed the film version of Sixty-Nine (2004), available on DVD in English. A movie of Coin Locker Babies is scheduled for a 2006/07 release, with a screenplay by Sean Lennon and starring Val Kilmer.

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"A light, rollicking, sometimes hilarious, but never sentimental picture of late-sixties Japan." --Library Journal"A great deal of fun, and Murakami ... is a find." --Kirkus Reviews"The hero is a thoroughly engaging smartass." --Los Angeles Times"A superb and very funny bluffer, and one sympathizes with him all the way." --Atlantic Monthly"A cross between The Catcher and the Rye and The Strawberry Statement." --Review of Contemporary Fiction