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Gold Rush Hardcover – Feb 8 2002

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Rain Publishers; 1 edition (Feb. 8 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156649155X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566491556
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 553 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,352,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Daitokuji31 on July 2 2003
Format: Hardcover
This has to be one one of the most disturbing book that I have ever read. The story stars Kazuki a 14 year old middle school student. Kazuki, however, is not your normal boy. It seems that Kazuki has very little concious and instead of going to the figh prestige middle school which his wealthy father bought his way into, Kazuki spends most of his time with delinquets indulging in hobbies such as cocaine and gang rape. Kazuki does a few more evil things such as killing dogs with a golf club, and eventually killing his father with a sword. A very distubing book, but it gives a glimpse to the western reader on other modern day japanese women writers besides Banana Yoshimoto.
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Teenage violence Jan. 23 2013
By Angela Doo - Published on Amazon.com
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Great novel, compelling and continuously interesting. The characters all have problems that seem foreign yet somehow relatable. Highly recommend this book.
Siiiiick (In A Good Way) Oct. 7 2012
By lily zen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an intense book about really difficult subject matter, murder and a descent into madness. I really enjoy it. The translation from Japanese into English isn't the best; there are a few errors in spelling/grammar, but not too many, not enough to detract from the overall story. The book is in good condition for the price I paid, which was a steal considering that other copies were selling for ten times what I paid. Shipping was prompt.
Up there with Natsuo Kirino's 'Out' March 4 2010
By John M. Haberstroh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
'Out' was the definitive 'noir' portrait of Japanese middle-aged female and 'housewife' culture, and I think 'Gold Rush' is the definitive portrait of sociopathic Japanese youth (it rings much more true than Kirino's efforts in this direction, by the way). Both books are also much larger than what I've just written, they're new, dark, and deeply truthful perspectives on Japanese society in general.

'Gold Rush' (like 'Out') is also an incredibly good read. You really don't know what will happen in the end: there are 'outside' 'adult' forces pushing to cover up the crime, others pushing for a confession, and this incredibly angry, unpredictable, and volatile 14-year-old boy in the middle.

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