An aspiring writer moves into a new apartment and discovers that her landlady has murdered her husband. Elsewhere, an accomplished surgeon is approached by a cabaret singer, whose beautiful appearance belies the grotesque condition of her heart. And while the surgeon's jealous lover vows to kill him, a violent envy also stirs in the soul of a lonely craftsman. Desire meets with impulse and erupts, attracting the attention of the surgeon's neighbor - who is drawn to a decaying residence that is now home to instruments of human torture. Murderers and mourners, mothers and children, lovers and innocent bystanders - their fates converge in an ominous and darkly beautiful web. Yoko Ogawa's Revenge is a master class in the macabre that will haunt you to the very end.
©1998 Yoko Ogawa. Translation Copyright 2013 by Stephen Snyder. (P)2013 Tantor
"Although the stories may be perceived as gruesome, the author paints each tale exquisitely. Well-written." (Kirkus Reviews)
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
These are not bad stories. Matter of fact there is not a bad story in the lot, pretty unusual for a group of stories. I always have a story or two I don't like. What else is unusual, is that there is not a great story in the bunch either. I always find a story I love. Neither are these stories dark by today's standards. The first story is a good example. A mother is in a bakery to buy a cake for her son who died 12 years ago. She talks to other people about him almost like he is alive, yet she come right out and says he is dead. The dark part of the story is her attitude toward her dead child. In many of the stories the dark deed is implied as something that happened or will happen.
These are off the wall human interest stories about a few difficult subjects, but none of the stories are scary, gory or dark.
The narrators are excellent and give the audio an extra star.
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