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Tokyo Year Zero

David Peace

3/5

It is a world where morality and civilisation have collapsed and everything has become unfamiliar.

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Some readers really liked the book, whilst others strongly disliked it, some found it confusing as the main protagonist appeared to be slowly losing his grip on reality so it was hard to tell if what he was experiencing or remembering was real or not.

It was felt that the book was cleverly put together and unusual in its structure and literary devices, and whilst some people enjoyed this as it produced a very visceral effect, others really didn’t like this.

The book tells many stories; of lives affected by war, the immediate post war period in Japan, how the Tokyo Police worked in this period, a murder investigation, and the stories of returning soldiers, traumatised civilians and the American occupiers.

It is a world where morality and civilisation have collapsed and everything has become unfamiliar.

Tokyo Year Zero polarised the group with scores out of 10 ranging between 4 and 10.