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The Ghosts of Nagasaki reader á doc 9781478314479 Free µ randarenewables ç One night a foreign business analyst in Tokyo sits down in his spacious high rise apartment and begins typing something The words pour out and exhaust him He soon realizes that the words appearing on his laptop are memoriA cruel Japanese samurai and his own knowledge that if he doesn't solve this mystery soon his heart will transform into a ball of steel crushing his soul forever Though he wants to give up his writing though he wants to let the past rest within his compulsive writing lies the key to his salvati Brilliant What a great surprising read Clausen is another self published author who makes me proud to be a self published author I would put The Ghosts of Nagasaki up on the shelf next to any renowned modern literary work Well except for that damned print on demand glossy cover I despise the aesthetic of the default glossy cover But everything between the pages ah that’s another story LiterallyThe ghosts of the The Ghosts of Nagasaki are both memories and than memories Are they literal ghosts? Within the context of this story it’s hard to judge As seems to make sense for ghosts these figures live in an ambiguous state between metaphors and literal occurrences between reality and the hallucinations of a schizophrenic By their very existence within the story The Ghosts of Nagasaki calls attention to the falsity of “real” in fiction Even in the most realistic of fiction story elements that are supposed to be taken at face value are nothing than artistic devices invented by the author The most realistic character is a layered painting of a person created to exist in our imagination And the ghosts of this story are similar Created as literary devices and “real characters” at the same time that our main character has an ambiguous relationship with he believes in them he doesn’t He rejects them; he embraces them It’s the push and pull of both memory and fiction The Ghosts of Nagasaki is personal Almost embarrassingly intimate in revealing the pained heart of our main character It’s not a “grand narrative” as they call those big sweeping stories; it lives close to the heart of the main character yet feels universal in the way it speaks to loss loneliness intimacy and love The narrative is so close to the main character that sometimes it even feels claustrophobic—an effective emotional representation of the experience of the main character It does get a little bit repetitive at times repeating certain words and phrases repeating similar experiences for the main character—which I found to help create a ghostly hypnotic uality to the story Admittedly some might find these elements a bit repetitive but for me they served a valid purpose The main character was reliving his “sins” or failings or memories over and over again He was trapped by the past by his ghostsThe language in The Ghosts of Nagasaki is uite strong and sophisticated Clausen managed to be both vibrant and intellectual in his choices without being showy or precious And there were even some parts featuring my favorite character the Welsh roommate that were hilarious The roommate added some needed levity to the emotional torment of the main characterClausen caught me off guard with the psychological twists that hit toward the end of the book Subtle shifts that I didn’t see coming Did I fully understand the ending? I think so I’m not sure I believe I got it But again I think the ambiguity is wholly appropriate Define the elements too much and it takes away from the reader’s imagination and investigation of the text It asks of the reader to connect the dots The ambiguity may frustrate some readers but frustration is one aspect of a great work The reader learns how to bring something of their own to the table After all this is a literary book not a commercial no brain beach read Highly recommendedFull disclosure I have become Goodreads friends with Daniel Clausen and we have purchased and reviewed each other’s books I guarantee this review was not biased by personal connection Or your money back For reading this Which is free Anyway

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Of spirits a garrulous Welsh roommate and a lingering mystery Somehow he must finish the story of four years ago a story that involves a young Japanese girl the ghost of a dead Japanese writer and a mysterious island He must solve this mystery while maneuvering the hazards of middle management Surreal Or is it superreal?A young American business analyst for the purpose of this review I’ll call him Bob sits down in his Tokyo apartment and begins to write a story It’s the story of how he arrived in Nagasaki four years ago An expat from Florida a lost soul far away from home in search of who knows what How to describe where I work? We’re all highly paid analysts senior analysts such and such specialists and so on Our titles sound very impressive and very expensive but deep down in our souls we’re all failed artists movie stars poets and preachers In other words it’s your typical office Life isn’t only about professions though And Bob‘s soul search is about much as well This goes much deeper And it goes to strange places Places where reality and imagination blend together Where present past and future become one Places where ghosts walk the streets and where a lazy Welsh dragon that sings Cat Stevens songs and tries to uit smoking might be Bob‘s best friend or just a figment of his imagination The guy is losing his mind Reality is falling apartNot only Bob but I as well had sometimes trouble to tell what is real and what is imagined The plot constantly shifts in time and place and Bob’s thoughts and experiences that just a minute ago had been deeply resonating with something somewhere inside of me suddenly become so alien that it all turns into a kind of fever dreamMaybe the use of the word ‚plot‘ is a little misleading anyway Like Bob the narrative seems to be loosely floating around Unlike Bob though it doesn’t lose its grip at least not on this reader While a lot of the book is gloomy and contemplative it does also sometimes drift into the realm of absurdity to such an extent that I couldn’t help but laughIn spite of its mercurial appearance this book ultimately gives the impression that all of its madness has been well thought out And it is certainly very well written I might have to keep an eye on Daniel ClausenSince I’m incapable of explaining it any better let’s wrap it up here A surreal thought provoking and captivating read Almost impossible to categorize and hard to recommend to a particular kind of reader What I can say though is that it is likely to appeal to the mature reader that doesn‘t mind something left field I think this book should be given a try

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The Ghosts of Nagasaki One night a foreign business analyst in Tokyo sits down in his spacious high rise apartment and begins typing something The words pour out and exhaust him He soon realizes that the words appearing on his laptop are memories of his first days in Nagasaki four years ago Nagasaki was a place full Sorry this review is long overdue and probably still won't be what the book deservesThis book deserves your time and your full attention You will feel the tug of invitation to get lost in it and to maybe not even uestion where you're being taken although you will never be too sure where you're being taken And for sure you'll wonder about your tour guide our protagonist But you'll hope that he figures himself out and finds what he needsSo you like to write? No I say honestly I desperately want to uit but I can't at 38%Not worth the plastic it's digitally written on sign of the changing times later at 38%you have to admit a nymphomaniac Hello Kitty and a philandering Joe Camel go together about as well as nerdy Japanese girls listening to gangster rap music By God I have these adorable high school girls asking me what 'slap my bitch up' means the protagonist's roommate Mikey Welsh at 42%He's dead you know But that doesn't stop him from coming to the same spot every day to write at 46%I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do after you're gone That's easy mate You'll make up an imaginary friend in your head Maybe a hotter supermodel version of me with gigantic cans Mikey Welsh reassuring our protagonist at 49%Because I keep having visions of Shusako Endo and a priest and because one of the characters Kichijiro is living in my spare bedroom Don't tell the head office about it though because if they ever found out we were keeping him in our apartment they would get fairly pissed Our protagonist explaining why he hasn't come into work at 50%If you liked loved or didn't uite know what to make of MR WAS by Pete Hautman definitely check this out In fact if you're even considering missing out on this experience Chiga u Big mistakeThanks for reading And author Daniel Clausen thank you so much for inviting me to read and review this and thank you for your patience