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Richard Lloyd Parry is Asia Editor of The Times and a foreign correspondent, based in Tokyo since 1995. He was born in 1969 and is an Oxford graduate. He has reported from all over Asia and in numerous war zones including Iraq, Afghanistan, Indonesia, East Timor and others. He is the author of In vis mere The Time of Madness: Indonesia on the Edge of Chaos, People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman, and Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone, for which he won the 2018 Rathbones Folio Prize. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Omfatter også følgende navne: Parry Richard Lloyd, Richard Lloyd Parry

Omfatter også: Cadogan (1), Richard Parry (1)

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Granta 62: What Young Men Do (1998) — Bidragyder — 140 eksemplarer

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A riveting, unputdownable true-crime story. Terribly disturbing, full of fascinating details. A very complicated story, extremely well told. Congratulations to Mr Parry for such an achievement.
fmclellan | 51 andre anmeldelser | Jan 23, 2024 |
It dragged a little in a few places. Still a sad and fasinating look at the brutal murder of a young English woman in Japan.
cdaley | 51 andre anmeldelser | Nov 2, 2023 |
(44) Was looking for a compelling non-fiction account of something apolitical and not true crime. This has some good reviews but it was just OK for me. This is the story of the 2011 earthquake and Tsunami that struck Japan in 2011. About 20,000 people died from being crushed or drowned by the water yet the earthquake itself caused minimal damage. Japan is one of the most susceptible places on the planet to earthquakes and Tsunamis yet has a disciplined, prepared, relatively well-off populace that drill and build to survive such natural disasters. Then why did almost all the children from one coastal elementary school die despite minimal earthquake damage and about 45 minutes to evacuate to higher ground? This is the story of the day, and the sad, sad aftermath as well as an interesting description of the passivity and uber-politeness of the Japanese people writ large.

So this should be very compelling reading - and at times it was incredibly poignant. The parents are so angry and in such a state of disbelief that they sue and fight the school to uncover a conspiracy that never was. I was troubled by this as well as the many sections about possession and ghosts. Umm... I should have expected it based on the title -- but the author doesn't just mean it figuratively but literally. And while I sense he is a pretty down to earth guy who doesn't buy it -- he had to be respectful of the families who confided in him and allowed him their stories to write the book. So communing with the dead and ghosts and exorcisms it is then. It just didn't do it for me. He tried to connect it to the fervent belief in religion. In Japan, the closest thing to religious fervor is worship of ancestors, so in a way it makes sense. But it just didn't resonate for me and disconnected me emotionally from the people he was writing about.

Some parts were good, but overall too disjointed and repetitive. Too much material that did not connect with me. The horror of the day at the school and the immediate aftermath was excellent, the rest not so good - for an overall mediocre rating.
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jhowell | 16 andre anmeldelser | Aug 17, 2023 |
Living in the US and watching so many disasters close to home unfold, it was equally heartbreaking and familiar to hear how another culture deals with the aftermath of a tragedy. This earthquake and tsunami Japan experienced was monumentally disastrous, but the book focuses in on a school where children died due to the lack of planning and negligence of the officials. That narrative reminded me a lot of school shootings here, and how hard it is to get justice. This really reminds me that humanity is the same all around the globe, and our empathy should always reflect that.… (mere)
KallieGrace | 16 andre anmeldelser | Jul 23, 2023 |



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