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Seishi Yokomizo (1902–1981)

Autor/a de The Honjin Murders

50+ obres 1,586 Membres 68 Ressenyes

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Obres de Seishi Yokomizo

The Honjin Murders (1946) 605 exemplars, 32 ressenyes
The Inugami Curse (1976) 387 exemplars, 13 ressenyes
The Village of Eight Graves (1951) 216 exemplars, 5 ressenyes
Death on Gokumon Island (1947) 192 exemplars, 5 ressenyes
The Devil's Flute Murders (1953) 99 exemplars, 4 ressenyes
A Devilish Temari Song (1998) 16 exemplars
The Little Sparrow Murders (2024) 8 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Fragranze di morte (2022) 4 exemplars
怪獣男爵 3 exemplars
仮面舞踏会 3 exemplars
くらやみ婿 2 exemplars
鬼火 2 exemplars
女怪 (1996) 2 exemplars
扉の影の女 : 他一篇 (1975) 2 exemplars
Beloe i chernoe (2006) 1 exemplars
呪いの塔 (角川文庫 緑 304-45) (1977) 1 exemplars, 1 ressenya
夜光虫 = yakochu 1 exemplars
三つ首塔 (角川文庫) (1972) 1 exemplars, 1 ressenya
金田一耕助の冒険 1: 1 (角川文庫) (1979) 1 exemplars, 1 ressenya
金田一耕助の冒険2: 2 (角川文庫) (1979) 1 exemplars, 1 ressenya
首 (角川文庫) (1976) 1 exemplars, 1 ressenya
支那扇の女 (角川文庫 緑 304-27) (1980) 1 exemplars, 1 ressenya
幽霊座 (角川文庫 緑 304-10) (1973) 1 exemplars, 1 ressenya
夜歩く (角川文庫) (1973) 1 exemplars

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Nom normalitzat
Yokomizo, Seishi
Nom oficial
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc d'enterrament
Seishun-en cemetery, Kawasaki, Kanagawa
País (per posar en el mapa)
Llocs de residència
Kobe, Japan
Osaka Pharmaceutical College (Pharmacy)



The kind of story that you shouldn't put aside, because if you take a break from it you will no longer be able to tell all the people apart. The author did build in continuous hints about the family roles and memberships, but I still struggled a bit. It is rather crowded, and the biggest downside of that is that the murder victims and their friends become mere pawns: No personality is developed for them, so the reader has little reason to care about their deaths.

It enjoyed the development of the plot, though. The way it all depends on a single person, who has been dead for more than twenty years, is ingenious. And the setting, a remote mountain village in 1950s Japan, has its own particular charm. It makes it a kind of "country mansion murder" without the country mansion; it provides a closed scope in an open environment.… (més)
EmmanuelGustin | Jul 13, 2024 |
Death on Gokumon Island is set in Japan in 1946 and that's what makes it interesting. Most of the young and middle-aged men had been drafted into the armed services and had been out of touch with their families for years, so no one knew whether they were dead or alive. The survivors are now returning from combat zones. The world-famous detective, Kosuke Kindaichi, has returned from New Guinea, where he befriended the heir to a powerful fishing family on Gokumon Island. The heir dies on the way back to Japan, and with his dying breath exhorts Kindaichi to hasten to Gokumon Island to prevent the deaths of his three younger sisters. The inhabitants of Gokumon Island are descended from criminals and other undesirables, and are notorious for their lawlessness.

Yokomizo's Kosuke Kindaichi books are intricately plotted "impossible crimes". The other books in the series are mainly locked room mysteries, but this one depends on timetables. Characters behave bizarrely in order to accommodate the extraordinarily artificial plot, in which murders are set up to parody Haiku.

As a mystery [Death on Gokumon Island] is sub-par, but the book is worth reading for its picture of post-war Japan.
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pamelad | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | May 27, 2024 |
The Devil's Flute Murders is set in 1947 and was was first published in 1951. It is particularly interesting for its depiction of post-war Japan: there are food shortages; transport is unreliable; the power goes off every day; enormous numbers of buildings have been destroyed in bombings and subsequent fires. The family at the centre of the story once belonged to the nobility, which has recently been abolished. Viscount Tsubaki has disappeared and is thought to have committed suicide because he has discovered a terrible family shame. He leaves behind his inbred, hysterical wife who believes she can see her dead husband. Her daughter, Mineko, employs Detective Kindaichi to investigate her father's disappearance.

The other characters are the wife's evil brother and his wife and son; an elderly Count, uncle to Tsubaki's wife and her brother; a mysterious young man who is thought to be the son of Tsubaki's old school friend; the wife's devoted servant; another servant; the Count's young mistress. There is also a horde of minor characters, most of whose names start with "O" or "K" so it's hard to keep track.

The narration is highly melodramatic and beset by similes. Initially I found it distracting, but after a while the excessiveness became part of the book's charm. The plot is extraordinarily complicated, with many strands and a central locked-room mystery.

An entertaining read.
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pamelad | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | May 23, 2024 |



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