Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Those who love a thriller with many hidden revelations will enjoy this and need not worry about the translation, as it keeps a seamless narrative. It is in the elder Moriguchi’s first confession, a last nonsequitur-filled lecture to her middle school class where we learn that Yuki has resigned, that a famous instructor at another school was sick with HIV, that having HIV forced Yuki to call-off that engagement, that 4-year-old Manami was killed. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. So glad I did, this book was brilliant. The protagonist is Yuko Moriguchi, a victim and vigilante in ravenous search of revenge. I audibly gasped twice while reading it. Shuya continues to crave that connection nonetheless.

We see the confirmation that Yuko confronted Shuya in the novel’s resolution about the shocked-zipper that Naoki tried to dispose of at the Monami Moriguchi murder; we also learn that Yuko knows about her husband’s subterfuge as well as Shuya’s website confession.

A single mother to a four year old daughter, her students believe she is leaving because of a terrible tragedy, which saw her little girl found dead in the school pool. Confessions (告白, Kokuhaku) is a 2010 Japanese drama film film directed by Tetsuya Nakashima, based on housewife-turned-author Kanae Minato's 2008 debut mystery novel that won the 2009 Honya Taisho award (Japan Booksellers Award). Enraged, Naoki threw Manami into the pool where she drowned, proving that he was the real killer. We learn that Yuko has been attempting to mete out her revenge through those manipulations, and that her HIV-infected former fiance has really reentered her life and, without Yuko’s knowledge at the point of the original confession, undid the attempt to infect Naoki and Shuya with HIV.

Now I'm not sure if the "lack of fluff" was the way it was written, or a bit of a translation thing- but i actually really appreciated it. Confessions : a novel / Kanae Minato ; translated by Stephen Snyder. Title I am adding this to my list. $39 for a year.

[1], The film received a widespread positive response globally, with critics praising a variety of factors including good adaptation from the book, the director's style, and the acting, particularly by the child actors. It’s a move that combines physical endangerment with psychological torment, designed to ruin the boys from the inside out. Reader Reviews.

It was awarded Best Picture at the 34th Japan Academy Prize and 53rd Blue Ribbon Awards and was shortlisted at the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. ( Log Out /  Meanwhile, Shuya explains that his mother abused him before leaving to pursue her scientific career. The students, parents, and Moriguchi herself are touched by these perspectives, which enrich the revenge and leave everyone a little more vulnerable to the truth. When she discovered her daughter’s death was the result of cold-blooded murder, she decided to get even.

( Log Out /  August 19th 2014 In fact, the whole plot has logic about it that does somewhat excuse the narrators’ behaviors. This is the story of the death of a 4 year old girl that was not an accident. whew, this was really good. Click to read more about Confessions : A Novel by Kanae Minato.
Jerry Brown discusses a new biography on his California political life at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Naoki Shimomura, the Student B, becomes a shut-in because he believes he has contracted AIDS from drinking the contaminated milk. I am now in LOVE with Japanese crime fiction and mysteries and I keep adding more to my bookshelves. The story is also a particularly telling statement about modern judicial systems and the lack of justice in certain scenarios. Endorsements. He finds himself incapacitated by feelings of guilt and dirtiness, which Yuko is able to manipulate. Four stars for a unique plot and some "whoa!" No. Yuko Moriguchi is the given the role of first and last confessor. The approach to storytelling by Minato in her first novel here is different, though I see that Minato kept with much of Christie’s sense of mystery, revelation, and determining the resolution. Click here and be the first to review this book! ", Soon after the film had started showing in 266 cinemas, it had already grossed ¥269,835,200 with 194,893 audiences, breaking the record previously held by I Give My First Love to You. Each of the narrators tells his or her story with no fuss, little embellishment, and a sincerity that is chilling in its emotion or lack thereof. They are mostly puzzles to solve. In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. Naoki reportedly has undone the school bomb threat, and moved it instead to where Shuya’s mother, unborn half-brother, and Shuya’s biological mother worked. © BookBrowse LLC 1997-2020. Author: Kanae Minato Information at is published with the permission of the copyright holder or their agent. His mother realizes her son was involved in the death of Moriguchi's daughter and decides to commit murder-suicide to free the both of them from their torment. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Before she became a bestselling novelist, Kanae Minato was a Japanese home economics teacher and housewife. #riprbg #feminism #feminist, More floors! Until recently, Yuko was a single mother to a 4-year-old girl named Manami, doing her best to balance her child’s needs with the demands of her job as a middle-school science teacher. Kanae Minato is a Japanese fiction writer dealing in the subjects of crime, mystery, and/or thriller. Having revealed their identities, Yuko explains that because the killers, as minors, are protected by the Juvenile Law of 1947, turning them in wouldn't make a difference.

What issues are on the ballot in California and Los Angeles County. This confession lecture reveals more and more, increasing tension to a fever pitch wherein we learn that two of the students to whom Moriguchi was lecturing, per Yuki, had killed Manami. It grossed over ¥3.5 billion in the 8th screening week. Near the end of Naoki’s confession, he reveals to his mother that he believes he has HIV-AIDS, that he killed Monami Moriguchi not from fear but from wanting to articulate his own misguided sense of maturity, and finally loses the ability to own his own actions as he takes his mother’s life.
that the reviews shown do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available, As seems to be true of all the adult males in Confessions, Naoki’s father is strangely absent and unaware of the home life in his own household. Then, it won the awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Editor at the 34th Japan Academy Prize.