On Parole

On Parole

Akira Yoshimura Stephen Snyder / Oct 27, 2020

On Parole After spending sixteen years in prison for a crime of the heart Shiro Kikutani is released into a world he no longer recognizes He must readjust to the bright and vigorous stimulus of Tokyo while fen

  • Title: On Parole
  • Author: Akira Yoshimura Stephen Snyder
  • ISBN: 9780156011471
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • After spending sixteen years in prison for a crime of the heart, Shiro Kikutani is released into a world he no longer recognizes He must readjust to the bright and vigorous stimulus of Tokyo while fending off his own dark memories In a spare yet powerful style, Akira Yoshimura paints the psychology of a quiet man navigating his way through the unsuspected traumas of freeAfter spending sixteen years in prison for a crime of the heart, Shiro Kikutani is released into a world he no longer recognizes He must readjust to the bright and vigorous stimulus of Tokyo while fending off his own dark memories In a spare yet powerful style, Akira Yoshimura paints the psychology of a quiet man navigating his way through the unsuspected traumas of freedom finding a job, finding a home, even something as simple as buying an alarm clock Kikutani takes comfort in the numbing repetition of his new daily life, only to be drawn inexorably back to the scene of his crime A subtly powerful story, On Parole explores the fragile life of a murderer and the conditions of freedom in an unforgiving society Yoshimura s startling novel raises provocative questions of guilt and redemption.

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      • Akira Yoshimura Stephen Snyder

        Prize winning Japanese writer Akira Yoshimura was the president of the Japanese writers union and a PEN member He published over 20 novels, of which in particular On Parole and Shipwrecks are internationally known and have been translated into several languages In 1984 he received the Yomiuri Prize for his novel Hagoku ,engl prison break based on the true story of Yoshie Shiratori.


    1. The black bird flew away, never to return. The warmth of the anonymity overwhelmed by the callous sun lurks behind the soaring iron gates. The man takes a bus to a strange new world. The groceries rip through the paper bag. The accusatory tone of the store manager meshed with the wary eyes sensing his melancholy. Terror struck his eyes as he fumbled at the speeding automobile. How the world had changed? He thought he could rob the store. But, he was too old. Living in constant fear, he walked ho [...]

    2. I should have read Akira Yoshimura's On Parole years ago. My twin is his superfan and she urged me to read this book many times. It is my own fault for waiting so long (probably didn't want to be disturbed and think about stuff). I wish we could talk about it this moment as it is reeling in my half thoughts and confused emotions. Now it is time. Sorry, ! I need my twin, I need , I need fire fighters for the fire raging in my head, registered nurses because it knocked me out. (I can keep going.) [...]

    3. This novel is strangely compelling and claustrophobica man on parole (he'd murdered his wife) must be very careful so as not to land in jail again. His careful meticulous ways, his fears of messing up, and the portrait of life in a Japanese city are fascinating. Like others of Yoshimura's novels, the ending is not hopeful.

    4. This isn't the book I was expecting to read. All that I thought it was about was crammed in to the last three chapters. The book's not intended as a critique of Japanese approaches to marriage and gender relations but I found it hard, not coming from that tradition myself, to see beyond this. I don't think it helped that I found the motivations of both wives rather difficult to understand.It's inevitable to think of the "get busy living or get busy dying" message in "Shawshank" and I guess "On [...]

    5. This is a spare, thought-provoking novel out of Japan, telling the story of Kikutani's parole from prison after sixteen years of incarceration. The Japanese parole system is evidently a lot kinder and gentler than the American one, or at least it appears so from this novel. The parole officers in the story are unpaid volunteers, men of standing in the community. They go above and beyond the call of duty and act as friends and counselors more than they act as enforcers of the law, and Kikutani gr [...]

    6. The sign of an excellent author is his ability to make the reader really identify with the characters' lives. In this book, you really understand the perspective of the unusual protagonist older Japanese man recently released from prison. The passages alternate from soft and peaceful sudden moments of passion and anger. Amazing.

    7. ב- 1532 החליט הפרלמנט של פריז לאסור קבצנים ולאלצם לעבוד, כבולים זוגות - זוגות, בתעלות הביוב של העיר. בשורת צעדים ששיאם בצו המלכותי מ- 1656, ניסה הממיסד להתגבר על הבעיות הנפוצות במאות ה- 17 והילך, פשיטת יד ובטלה ע"י הקמת בתי כליאה.כך מתאר פוקו את התפתחות בתי המשוגעים בספרו "תולדות השיגע [...]

    8. Hmmm was written so simplistically, so unimaginatively and plainly. This must have been the intent; as such it conveyed what the main character was going thru--- hiding and hiding from his inner feelings as he tried to complete his emotional rehab. There were just two short times in the book (middle and end) where there actually was emotion and real raw feelings conveyed. Assuming that was as intended, the author crafted it well. But let me say this: good thing it was a short read. I would have [...]

    9. I was riveted. Even though very little - almost nothing - happens. The style of writing is dull and matter of fact, and yet the book filled me with images, thoughts, and feelings even though like I said not much happens. There's: Traveling on a train. Cleaning-out the chicken coops. Sitting on the apartment floor. That's about it. But it's about prison, entrapment, claustrophobia, anger. Something feels brilliant about this book. I need to read more by this writer.

    10. J’étais allé bouquiner et discuter littérature avec quelques amis libraires. L’un d’eux m’a tendu ce livre d’Akira Yoshimura, un auteur que je ne connaissais absolument pas. Il me l’a vanté et, intrigué par le curieux mélange de la quatrième de couverture et du sujet, j’emporte le bouquin et entame la lecture aussitôt dans le métro.La narration propose de suivre en douceur la mise en liberté conditionnelle de Kikutani, précédemment condamné à perpétuité. L’auteur [...]

    11. I can't remember how I first heard about Yoshimura. I have always had an interest in Japanese fiction. Unfortunately not many of his books are translated into English, fortunately this one is. If there is a first book you can read by an author I'd be hard pressed to find a better one. It is a simply written, yet beautiful story of a man trying to adjust to life after spending decades in jail for murdering his wife. The transition from prisoner to relatively free man is precarious at first, but b [...]

    12. Lost in translation.I am often seduced by the success of authors who are either prolific or highly praised. Reading "On Parole" by Akira Yoshimura was one such case. I was looking for the secret that would turn this simply told tale of human isolation and loneliness into magic. The strength of the book is in how little emotions the protagonist feels (except when pushed to the edge), so that the simplicity of prose otherwise works well. Nevertheless, it is possible that the translation from Japan [...]

    13. What did I think?HmmThe subject matter was intriguing enough, but the writing was somewhat hollow.It was easy to read, but not especially interesting.The ending was, truth be said, to be expected, although this wasn't a bad thing. I would have been astonished if this man was let to live his life peacefully.It was somewhat weird to me, how everyone were so understanding, so kind. How they let things get out of hand A wife is no substitute for fish.I don't think people who have committed such crim [...]

    14. Sparse, clean writing is the best way to deliver a story about a former convict who is ruled more by the minimal and bare routine of existing in prison and then building a life once he is out. The nature of how one depends on routine to survive more than struggling with guilt is interestingly and humanely handled. The novel loosely inspired a great Japanese movie from the late 90's, The Eel. They stand alone and apart because each is a different story with life after prison the only commonality [...]

    15. Contrary to most other reviews of this book, it is actually telling us that women are nothing but trouble and you're better off not marrying them.Other lessons:1) If you catch your wife with another man, surprise and overpower them both. Tie them up. Disfigure the man and the your wife. Scar their torso too. At the most, hack off the man's dick. Do not kill either of them. You don't want to be sentenced to death or for too long a time.2) Do not burn your wife's lover's house.3) Do destroy the ma [...]

    16. Durch Zufall bei Oxfam gefunden und es hat mich überrascht. Die eigentliche Geschichte ist recht simpel und leider verrät einem die Buchschreibung schon das Ende an sich, aber trotzdem ist es irgendwie interessant. Einige Passagen schildern den Blick eines Menschen auf die schnelle Gesellschaft, der quasi 15 Jahre ihrer Entwicklung verpasst hat. Das fängt bei erschreckenden Preisen an, betrifft aber auch Dinge wie mehrspurige Autobahnen, Fahrstühle und Aufzüge (das Buch ist aus dem Jahr 199 [...]

    17. The writing style is very simple. Very honest, no pretensions. That made me connect to Kikutani-san. Not to mention that I shared some of his quirks. Like seeing a green parasol can turn my day topsy turvy. I felt I knew him. He was telling me about himself, his thought, his feeling. All of them, without reservation.Ah, the end was just killing me. Yoshimura-san is merciless. Stabbing the knife to my back at the unexpected time (well, maybe I knew it like a minute before, but still). Twisted the [...]

    18. International (Japan) and prolific writer Yoshimura tells a story of crime and punishment in the life of a high school predictable teacher. After commiting his passion crime he goes to jail and released early for exemplary behavior. As he considers his past, he decides that he was really not guilty--he was provoked and has no remorse. He decides to marry again and begins to feel a familiar, growing rage.

    19. Roman tout en subtilité où le lecteur découvre petit à petit la complexité émotionnelle de Kikutani. Ce dernier est en liberté conditionnelle après avoir fait 15 ans de prison pour le meurtre de sa femme et de la mère de l'amant de cette dernière. Après avoir découvert un nouveau Japon, il se remarie. Entre son désir d'obéir et de vivre une vie normale, son passé revient à la surface au-delà du bien et du mal. Toujours dans la rigidité de sa souffrance non-résolue.

    20. First off, this book was adapted into a film entitled "The Eel", but the adaptation was so bad that I was worried the book itself had been a poor choice of source material to begin with. I was happy to have been proven wrong. This is one of the saddest and also one of the most suspenseful novels I've ever had the luck to come across.

    21. A 1988 Japanese novel translated into English in 1999. Akira Yoshimura tells a tale of a man who becomes paroled from a life prison sentence and must learn to reconnect with the outside world. The story keeps a meditative pace, but always stays interesting as it explores the intricacies of a long-term prisoner now paroled into a world vastly different from what he left.

    22. A wonderful thought-provoking book about a convicted murderer out on parole. Yoshimura has the ability to capture your attention from beginning to end. You cannot help but identify with Kikutani who struggles to adjust to a society which is no longer recognizable.

    23. Un profesor japonés ha sido condenado a cadena perpetua por el asesinato de su esposa adúltera y la anciana madre del amante. Una vez obtenida la libertad bajo palabra luchará trágicamente por reintegrarse en la sociedad.

    24. Wow, this book blew me away. Again, a quick read but he takes you deep, the characters are fascinating and the plot surprises. Most of all, it's all the book's main guy, and we watch him. with him like a fly on the wall of his mind.

    25. There are some books that create a permanent file inside your mind. This is one of those books. Nothing embellished, but emotionally insightful. Explores the facility of normality we all try to maintain and what happens when it's no longer easy to do so.

    26. Very well written, but by the end I don't know if I can say I liked it. It's an interesting psychological study, but I dislike that the main character, Kikutani, remains more or less unresponsible or unremorseful for his crimes.

    27. The story of a guy who did sixteen years in prison and get out to find life has changed. As someone who has worked in the prison system for 6 years the story seems very plausible. I think that Mr Yoshimura must have talked to a few former inmates.

    28. amazed at how this kept me interested the whole time. every few pages revealed another subtlety of the ex-con experience. good stuff. simple prose.

    29. Wow.what a book. As equally satisfying as his previous novel SHIPWRECKS. Completely different time, place, etcbut his amazing writing is just as good.

    30. Stark portrayal of a man released on parole back into Japanese society. Nothing much happens until the final section of the novel, but this serves to reflect the monotony of the protagonists life.

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