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Late one night, Rei Hayakawa, a troubled young freelance journalist, is idling around the alcohol shelves of her local 24-hour convenience store when she catches sight of a man across the way.Suddenly she finds herself embarking on a road journey across the wintry landscape of Japan aboard this stranger's longhaul truck. But can the physical relationship that develops betwLate one night, Rei Hayakawa, a troubled young freelance journalist, is idling around the alcohol shelves of her local 24-hour convenience store when she catches sight of a man across the way.Suddenly she finds herself embarking on a road journey across the wintry landscape of Japan aboard this stranger's longhaul truck. But can the physical relationship that develops between them offer Rei what she needs, and can she ever free herself from the dangerously self-destructive tendencies that afflict her?Part-dirty realism, part-fairy tale, Vibrator is a disturbing and highly original novel about the strange situations that life can put you in. Exploring themes of liberation and entrapment, it drives unflinchingly at the lonely heart of the lost generation....

Title : Vibrator
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ISBN : 9780571210824
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 466 Pages
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Vibrator Reviews

  • Jo
    2019-02-06 04:58

    A cold-burning trip in a giant truck through the Japanese winter, from Tokyo through the small towns and back - This is actually brilliant, and a lot better than I expected. Vibrator's writing style is very different to a lot of other Japanese literature I have read, as while there are some of the familiar Zen elements it's mostly very hyperactive and emotional, written in an absorbing, erratic style arguably more influenced by Kerouac and the Beats than anything local. The workings of Rei's mind and the ambiguities of her relationship with Okabe that phase in and out of reality are fascinating. Somehow it all seems very realistic, and the warmth of the truck cabin really comes through. I was completely a part of the landscape, outside and in.

  • Laura D
    2019-02-13 04:49

    This could have been called 'Vibrations' instead of 'Vibrator'. The back of the book really did not explain the plot accurately at all, making it out to be some raunchy love story. Instead Vibrator is very much about a woman's struggles with serious mental health problems: bulimia and hearing voices in her head. The first part of the book is quite hard to get into as the characters inner voices are very intense and there is a lot about self-induced vomiting that some people might find too much; though it is a very good depiction of bulimia and the thoughts that go with it though.

  • Katja
    2019-02-17 03:56

    I did pick it up, thinking it would kill the boring day at work. It did kill it..but not in a way I had hoped it would. I loved the character and the whole "I'm so bored with my life, so some mindless great sex will help me" search. Because like it or not, there's a point in every person's life when you're wondering whether you're something good, bad or just plain something in between. The language is beautiful and you can almost read it as poetry and it's a book that stays in the back of your mind for a day or two.Great read when you need fuel to keep going, although it will suffice for a day? or two?

  • Brittany
    2019-01-31 05:32

    A very fast-paced, engrossing read.

  • Angel 一匹狼
    2019-01-21 01:50

    "Vibrator" falls into the first-person-mumbling novel category, where a character just rambles around for as long as the novel lasts, explaining what happens mixed with what they feel and all in a half-incoherent style that is supposed to represent how the brain works. It is supposedly an easier style than writing a 500-page novel about a long past era with a vocabulary adapted to those times, but actually it is more difficult to write than it seems, and to write a good novel in this style is not easy, and takes time and care. Mari Akasaka does a good enough job in making "Vibrator" interesting and easy to read, but she falls into two problems: the journey isn't as interesting as it could be, and, even at just 155 pages she falls into repetition, making the story drag a little bit in moments. It is done on purpose, of course, but the lack of focus hurts the novel and its attractiveness.Dark and disturbing enough, but it fails in making itself special. A good effort.6/10

  • Graham Oliver
    2019-01-31 06:34

    The middle of this book is fantastic. The beginning started as a cool exercise in paranoia/delusion but became tedious quickly, and the last part got a little too abstract. The very end, last three pages or so, were perfect though.It's only 130 pages so it's probably still worth reading for the middle. Love/obsession/irrationality and all that typical jazz.

  • Laurel
    2019-01-28 08:45

    There have been times in my life where Ive felt completely disordered, and wondered if things will ever be ok, and felt like some meaningless sex is the only thing which might remotely fill that void. Characters like Rei and Okabe reinforce that that feeling isn't at all unusual. It's comforting, really.

  • El (book.monkey)
    2019-02-15 06:29

    my aunt saw the title of this while I was reading it and gave me a questioning look. I also saw that some reviews said the title could have been vibration(s) instead of Vibrator but I think it's about the guy, not the situation.I really enjoyed this. it's like nothing I've read before but I'm glad I read it. I opened my eyes to life in some way.would definitely recommend.

  • Jacob van Berkel
    2019-02-07 00:35

    Starts out bad, then becomes worse (gross sex scene), but ultimately turns into a readable and interesting road-trip.

  • David Jones
    2019-02-20 03:58

    My review from http://dwjjones1.blogspot.co.uk/Now first thing to say, this is much of what it looks like. It's not some sordid fifty shades of grey thing going on here... well maybe a wee bit but that's not what it is about. The name of the book doesn't even refer to the friendly lady appliance, but rather to the vibrations of a truck cab that is kept running day and night, in which much of the story is set.The focus of the book is dark as it explores topics such as Alcoholism, Bulimia, Consumerism, Depression, women’s magazines, consumer culture, high school prostitution, gangs, and drugs. It is set in the head of the journalist Rei Hayakawa and her often intense narrative which is a fight between all the voices in her head sets the pace for the book which is often frantic and disturbing. Her intense self loathing makes it hard to spend 130 pages in her head. She feels unable to connect with the outside world and appears to be drowning in her depression.Late one night she wanders the aisle of her local convenience store, picking up the night’s supply of alcohol (white wine and gin). Yet when she turns the corner and sees Okabe, a 26-year-old trucker and ex-thug in overalls and yellow boots, she follows him out to his long-haul truck, thus starting their eventual journey up and down a snowy Japan.The voices in Rei's head don't seem to allow her to operate with any form of coherent thought and often leave her struggling to move let alone rational thought.“when I attempted to make my feet move, my fingers might start twitching or something�the commands and the actions were getting muddled.”These voices are constantly at war with Rei and as a result anything that she thinks gets over played in her mind, over thought and as a result analyzed by her to the nth degree. This makes the few times where there is actual dialogue spoke by the two characters a refreshing and sometimes necessary break from Rei's over active brain.The book is about two random people connecting and this is shown throughout the book in the metaphor of the CB radio, something that is constantly receiving messages from random people regardless of distance apart but based on the strength of their signal.Rei and Okabe are two such signals joined together. There's no reason for them to be together but they have formed this bond in this time and place. people who have caught each others signals and vibrations for a sort time.What starts as a critique of Modern Consumerism ends as much more personal saga or as much as you can get of one through the medium of Rei's addled thoughts.A very good but dark book. Well worth a read and yes there is even a wee bit of hanky panky.7.5 out of 10

  • Gertrude & Victoria
    2019-02-07 02:42

    Vibrator by Akasaka Mari is a book that may resonate more deeply with female readers than male. Much of the novel takes place in the cabin of a truck, which is juxtaposed against the backdrop of the wintery rural landscapes of Japan's north.The main character is a young female journalist searching for meaning in a cold, hard world. She is lonely, confused and restless. She comes across a truck driver making his routine delivery runs between Kanto (the greater Tokyo area) and northern Japan. The discontent that she feels is momentarily suspended as she goes on these long drives with the trucker. Through their exchange of recollections and backseat love-making she tries to get a better hold of her situation.Unfortunately, I could not connect with the main character. There was something unlikable about her; maybe the way she expressed herself was too forward, too vulgar. I found it difficult to really have much sympathy for her. She seemed selfish and out of touch with reality as well. However, the truck driver - the anecdotes of his life experiences - made up for some of the short comings. But despite the lack of attachment for the main character, the story overall of this young journatlist desperate to find meaning in a meaningless world was not half bad.

  • Holly
    2019-02-15 00:31

    This book was an unexpectedly interesting find. I picked it up after flipping through the pages quickly, and I'm very glad I did.The back cover's description did it no justice as far as the story. If you're looking for an awkward love story you'll get it, but it is certainly not the point. It focuses more on the development of a woman who has intense mental issues during a chance encounter with a complete stranger (who turns out having an incredibly interesting story himself). It flows in a stream of consciousness way, then slowly becoming more lucid as the main character does. It does take a while for her inner dialog to quiet down, but it is worth pushing through. It is quite vulgar, and if you're looking for sexy love scenes you might want to put this down. Not advised for the squeamish or anyone who would have a hard time reading about vomit and mental instability. Overall I felt like the story paid off. It feels pretentiously written at first, but it does wrap up the entire thought process nicely. It's a quick read, maybe two hours to finish. Definitely not for everyone, but certainly worth trying!

  • Zim
    2019-02-15 00:39

    A simple story yet filled with awesomeness! I love this book! =)So, the story goes like this...(view spoiler)[Store-Liquor*voices*alcoholic drink*eating disorder-Talk show*panel discussion-Eat Out*no vomiting-Things in the store*liquor*magazine - editor, urge to buy things campaign*ice cream*manv i b r a t o rOut of the store-Truck x ManRoad trip-Sex-Talk-Talk-Travel-Out of Tokyo-Furniture-Life of the man-Life of the girl-Furniture-Travel-Back to Tokyo-Furniture-Tape Recorder-Sex-Bath-Travel: Off to somewhere-Mic-Voices-Love hotel*bathtub*peaches*arms-Road AgainI drive... and ready to face the challenges of life! =) v i b r a t o r (hide spoiler)]A story that made a pang of insanity for me. >.<=========================This book reminded me of the movie, Shame (directed by Steve McQueen), not because they have the same story but because they both carefully presented the issues of their protagonist.

  • Alison Elizabeth
    2019-02-16 06:42

    I'm not going to lie...I judge books by their covers, and in the library where most books are covered with grey cloth, this one stood out. This book is the junk food of contemporary Japanese fiction. Deeper books exist. A free-lance Japanese journalist takes a chance for once in her life and joins a young trucker (that she found attractive at first sight) for a few days as he travels around Japans. Some racy stuff happens. I did not feel particularly enlightened by this book, but I did succeed in entertaining me. Note: the title refers to the comforting vibration of the running semi truck that the journalist feels throughout her trip with her trucker friend. If this book was written by an American I bet it would be a lot different and maybe even scary, but it is not, and it remains a story about new experiences and "love" at first sight.

  • Ad Blankestijn
    2019-01-27 08:53

    Claustrophobic novel by a young Japanese author. The title refers to the vibration when the mobile phone rings, which is the only connection left to the world for a bulimic, lonely young woman (a freelance writer, so an insecure "freeter"). But one time she feels attracted to a young truck driver with bleached hair she happens to meet in a convenience store, and joins him for an impromptu ride to Niigata, embarking on what will be a life-changing journey where she (re)discovers her emotional life. The novel was made into a raw psychological film by director Ryuichi Hiroki with Shinobu Terajima and Nao Omori, which is also strangely uplifting and unforgettable. Read about this and other Japanese films from the first years of the 21st century on my blog Japan Navigator.

  • Jully
    2019-02-20 07:30

    The book surprised me in many ways. The narrator reminded me of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower". She was always fighting with herself and who she wanted to be, who she thought she needed to be. And I feel like the author could've developed the book in a way that could actually be meaningful but the ending just left me wanting and empty. When I first started reading the book, the cover lead me to believe it was going to be a book about love or a one night stand kind of thing.. but the book was basically all in the narrator's head. I really liked the style and the way the author was able to make the narrator a 3D person instead of just a character in a book. But like I said, it lacks a good story to go with it.

  • Sae-chan
    2019-01-22 04:37

    I really thought this would be about THAT vibrator....:-) Wrong, wrong. Maybe not completely, as different things rattle different girls' chain. Funny thing that I'm also in the middle of reading Stephen Harrod Buhner's Sacrd Plant Teaching, which talks about another kind of vibrators as well...I really like the premise of this book, as I could identify very well with Hayakawa Rei's feeling and disillusionment. But maaaan, this girl had it much much worse than Dostoevsky's Raskolnikov. It is really a tiring read. Good thing that it is just over 100 pages and you could only read it in one sitting. Once you have to get up, I don't think you'll pick up the book again.

  • Michael mister.is.me
    2019-01-26 00:43

    This book was nothing like I expected it to be.At times it bordered on uncomfortable as the main character delved to the depths of her soul and allowed her life to shown, every inch and detail of her character and psyche, as she herself comes to terms with her own reality.Akasaka's writing draws you and the setting becomes the third character of the story, as she vividly describes urban and rural environments, absorbing and affecting the emotions of the main character. A short, unexpectedly great read!

  • Amy
    2019-02-01 08:39

    This book is not as sexy as the title may imply. It certainly has more focus on the bulimia that the main character suffers from then the sexual attraction she feels for the anonymous trucker that she meets. I personally had a difficult time empathizing for a character that obsesses over the joys of vomiting.The book is short and I found that the most interesting psychological motivations of the characters were just coming out when it ended. Badly. I don't know if this was a translation issue or if I just didn't care that much for it, but it is short and has some interesting insights.

  • Tam
    2019-01-28 07:32

    I would characterize Vibrator as a stream of consciousness novel told from the mind of a woman suffering from a fairly significant anxiety disorder. It was uncomfortable to read in places, perhaps because the panic-attack feelings it invoked were a little too close to home sometimes. How did I feel about the book? I read it all in one sitting, because it is short. It kept my attention. It didn't really go anywhere, but I suppose it ended up in a better place than it started, somehow.

  • Nadinedebussy
    2019-01-26 05:47

    L'ennuyeux avec les livres sans histoire c'est qu'il n'y a pas de fil pour vous emmener à bon port. Quelques passages font voguer et repenser l'espace, pour ces passages là peut-être ne faut-il pas dormir par intermittences quand l'envie vous prend. Enjamber les mots pour savourer l'évaporation de sa pensée.

  • Laura
    2019-02-14 04:46

    From reading the reviews of others, I am pretty sure this book is not aboutthatkind of vibrator, but the vibration of a cell phone (?). In any case, I couldn't get into this book - the stream of consciousness threw me off and I stopped reading early on. I might try it again later, but my To-Read pile is too long as it is.

  • Mary Spielmann
    2019-02-01 00:45

    A Japanese pulp story that probably should have been called Vibration instead of Vibrator, this book is a glimpse into the pressures facing women in modern Japan. It is also told by a possibly mentally ill protagonist. Fascinating but vulgar, the book was interesting to me but made me feel ill too.

  • Samra Muslim
    2019-01-28 06:59

    Had picked up this book thinking i'd get to read some interesting literature from Japan ... but this was a really trashy probe into the mind of a disturbed, bulimic addicted - who just decided to go on a truck ride with a ex-gangster ...!! Weird pointless read !!

  • Lavinia Ludlow
    2019-02-18 06:59

    I like the style of narration.

  • RubyTombstone [With A Vengeance]
    2019-02-15 07:48

    You try reading this cover with a migraine.... ouch. It was easier just to buy it for $2 and decide whether I wanted to read it later!

  • Jonas Wiklund
    2019-02-08 05:41

    Female Japanese Bukowski expound on booze and bulimia nervosa.

  • James
    2019-02-04 00:52

    Mad as a box of hammers. And no it's not about that kind of vibrator.

  • Yan Foong
    2019-02-15 06:37

    Maybe a little less than 3 stars

  • Marija S.
    2019-02-18 00:48

    Infantilno i bez struktutre.