Life for Sale Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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After botching a suicide attempt, salaryman Hanio Yamada decides to put his life up for sale in the classifieds section of a Tokyo newspaper. Soon interested parties come calling with increasingly bizarre requests and what follows is a madcap comedy of errors, involving a jealous husband, a drug-addled heiress, poisoned carrots - even a vampire. For someone who just wants to die, Hanio can't seem to catch a break, as he finds himself enmeshed in a continent-wide conspiracy that puts him in the crosshairs of both his own government and a powerful organized-crime syndicate. By turns wildly inventive, darkly comedic, and deeply surreal, in Life for Sale Yukio Mishima stunningly uses satire to explore the same dark themes that preoccupied him throughout his lifetime.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 20 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||April 21 2020|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #68,202 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#158 in Absurdist Fiction
#701 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#910 in Humorous Fiction & Satire
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Not that this is not a fully engrossing and readable version of a Japanese classic. Rather I couldn’t get my head fully around the writing and the mystery that overwhelms the protagonist of this story.
Hanio Yamada on the face of it, young, attractive and successful struggles with his almost meaningless life.
When he wakes up in hospital he realises his attempt at suicide has failed. He sets out on a new venture. He will place an advert where his life is literally for sale. Whoever purchases it will be free to use him as they wish, in complete discretion and terminate his life at a time for their choosing and for their pleasure.
Thereafter, nothing is straightforward as we see and take a journey with Hanio as his life both unravels but curiously makes more sense to him.
First published in 1968 in Japanese Playboy it is considered a piece of appealing pulp fiction by one of the country’s most revered authors. A literary great, Yukio Mishima.
We are now indebted to Penguin Classics and a wonderful English translation by Stephen Dodd for making it assessable and available to modern readers.
It is clearly a satirical work about Tokyo life and wider Japanese society. One I found completely enjoyable and pleasing to read. In setting the book aside I wanted to think about this very different type of fiction and try to find more about the circumstances that brought about its writing.
In the process I forgot about it for a while and was delighted to pick it up again. The story remained fresh and absorbing. This final part of the mystery is both a remembering of all that befalls young Yamada as well as bringing the story to a dramatic conclusion.
In the process Hanio’s thinking turns full circle and he sees meaningless in other’s mundane existence while valuing his own life for the first time in his adult life.
Full of other genres and traditions in Japanese literature this is a book that will amuse and trouble you but in reading it you may glean more insight and empathy for humanity. It is a book with pace and purpose that will leave you breathless and wanting to learn more about this very different culture and read modern authors from Japan.
However after a while I did begin to lose interest little. If they ended it after the vampire part then it would of been getting a higher rating but each sale is like a round about. After several times going around, your going to want to get off. However it is a short read even at that and I would say give a go if it's on sale