The Ghosts of Nagasaki

The Ghosts of Nagasaki

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The Ghosts of Nagasaki One night a foreign business analyst in Tokyo sits down in his spacious high rise apartment and begins typing something The words pour out and exhaust him He soon realizes that the words appearing on

  • Title: The Ghosts of Nagasaki
  • Author: Daniel Clausen
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  • One night a foreign business analyst in Tokyo sits down in his spacious high rise apartment and begins typing something The words pour out and exhaust him He soon realizes that the words appearing on his laptop are memories of his first days in Nagasaki four years ago Nagasaki was a place full of spirits, a garrulous Welsh roommate, and a lingering mystery Somehow he m One night a foreign business analyst in Tokyo sits down in his spacious high rise apartment and begins typing something The words pour out and exhaust him He soon realizes that the words appearing on his laptop are memories of his first days in Nagasaki four years ago Nagasaki was a place full of spirits, a garrulous Welsh roommate, and a lingering mystery Somehow he must finish the story of four years ago a story that involves a young Japanese girl, the ghost of a dead Japanese writer, and a mysterious island He must solve this mystery while maneuvering the hazards of middle management, a cruel Japanese samurai, and his own knowledge that if he doesn t solve this mystery soon his heart will transform into a ball of steel, crushing his soul forever Though he wants to give up his writing, though he wants to let the past rest, within his compulsive writing lies the key to his salvation Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 250 pages Published August 29th 2012 by ghostsofnagasaki first published June 22nd 2012 More Details ASIN B00941Z1T6 Edition Language English Other Editions 2 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book The Ghosts of Nagasaki by Daniel Clausen Author Release date Aug 29, 2012 Enter for a chance to win the magical realism novel The Ghosts of Nagasaki Indie Reader calls the book an evocative and beautifully written journ Enter for a chance to win the magical realism novel The Ghosts of Nagasaki Indie Reader calls the book an evocative and beautifully written journey about a man s attempt to reconcile with his ghosts.Book DescriptionOne night a foreign business analyst in Tokyo sits down in his spacious high rise apartment and begins typing something The words pour out and exhaust him He soon realizes that the words appearing on his laptop are memories of his first days in Nagasaki four years ago Nagasaki was a place full of spirits, a garrulous Welsh roommate, and a lingering mystery Somehow he must finish the story of four years ago a story that involves a young Japanese girl, the ghost of a dead Japanese writer, and a mysterious island He must solve this mystery while maneuvering the hazards of middle management, a cruel Japanese samurai, and his own knowledge that if he doesn t solve this mystery soon his heart will transform into a ball of steel, crushing his soul forever Though he wants to give up his writing, though he wants to let the past rest, within his compulsive writing lies the key to his salvation Enter Giveaway Format

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be too sure where you re being taken And for sure you ll wonder about your tour guide, our protagonist But you ll hope that he figures himself out and finds what he needs So, you like to write No, I say honestly I desperately want to quit, but I can t at 38% Not worth the plastic it s digitally written on sign of the changing times, later at 38% you have to admit, a nymphomaniac Hello Kitty and a philandering Joe Camel go together about as well as nerdy Japanese girls listening to gangster rap music By God, I have these adorable high school girls asking me what slap my bitch up means the protagonist s roommate, Mikey Welsh, at 42% He s dead, you know But that doesn t stop him from coming to the same spot every day to write at 46% I m not exactly sure what I m going to do after you re gone That s easy, mate You ll make up an imaginary friend in your head Maybe a hotter, supermodel version of me with gigantic cans Mikey Welsh reassuring our protagonist at 49% Because I keep having visions of Shusako Endo and a priest, and because one of the characters, Kichijiro, is living in my spare bedroom Don t tell the head office about it though, because if they ever found out we were keeping him in our apartment they would get fairly pissed Our protagonist explaining why he hasn t come into work at 50% If you liked, loved, or didn t quite know what to make of MR WAS by Pete Hautman, definitely check this out In fact, if you re even considering missing out on this experience Chiga u Big mistake Thanks for reading And author Daniel Clausen, thank you so much for inviting me to read and review this and thank you for your patience flag 96 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Sep 11, 2012 Daniel Clausen added it Review from the author review of another edition Shelves top books You can check out a new trailer for the book right here you looking for a book that integrates overweight dragons, dead authors, and samurais Are you looking for something unique, romantic, and challenging Then, you should message me on and convince me to give you a reviewer s copy You can check out an excerpt from the book right here flag 38 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 22, 2014 Melki rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves fiction That s when the girl stands up and says, I ve seen the ghosts I see the ghost of my uncle all the time In fact, he s standing right over there I carry him with me wherever I go And she points.The class goes silent Despite all outward appearances, it s not a silence born of surprise.In this haunted country, ghosts are everywhere, like cherry blossoms and Starbucks.The American narrator of this book spends much of his time hanging out in Japanese pubs with his expat pals He is a business an That s when the girl stands up and says, I ve seen the ghosts I see the ghost of my uncle all the time In fact, he s standing right over there I carry him with me wherever I go And she points.The class goes silent Despite all outward appearances, it s not a silence born of surprise.In this haunted country, ghosts are everywhere, like cherry blossoms and Starbucks.The American narrator of this book spends much of his time hanging out in Japanese pubs with his expat pals He is a business analyst Or an English teacher Or perhaps, a mid level manager He has a Welsh roommate who may or may not be real The roommate has an imaginary friend who s a dragon named Mr Sparkles Poor narrator Is it any wonder he s been seeing ghostly girls on trains Then there are the ghosts More of them now, some of them are not ghosts at all, but visions of old professors and friends Others are full fledged spirits, union certified and struggling to make their quotas in haunting They show up, hang around my classes, stare at me, or on occasion try to scare me as I m coming out of the tub Most of the time, however, I find them just lounging around on coffee break.This beautifully written book falls squarely into the category of literary fiction It is the kind of book that frequently makes me feel I m not smart enough to get it And I didn t get it, completely However, though some beautiful nuances may have gone whooshing over my head, its loveliness was not entirely wasted on me When I was little, I had this crazy idea that everywhere I went I could see ghosts, she says I could see ghosts walking around No matter how many times I tried to talk with them, none of them would make eye contact with me But when I got older, it became difficult to tell the real people from the spirits Do you ever have that problem All the time, I sayAn unreliable narrator, characters that may or may not be real, ghosts that may exist, dragons that almost certainly doThis was a strange, challenging, yet mesmerizing read, and one I won t easily forget flag 30 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 25, 2012 David Katzman rated it it was amazing review of another edition Recommends it for Those who appreciate intellectual, personal, vivid fiction Brilliant What a great, surprising read Clausen is another self published author who makes me proud to be a self published author I would put The Ghosts of Nagasaki up on the shelf next to any renowned modern literary work Well, except for that damned print on demand glossy cover I despise the aesthetic of the default glossy cover But everything between the pages, ah, that s another story Literally.The ghosts of the The Ghosts of Nagasaki are both memories and than memories Are they Brilliant What a great, surprising read Clausen is another self published author who makes me proud to be a self published author I would put The Ghosts of Nagasaki up on the shelf next to any renowned modern literary work Well, except for that damned print on demand glossy cover I despise the aesthetic of the default glossy cover But everything between the pages, ah, that s another story Literally.The ghosts of the The Ghosts of Nagasaki are both memories and than memories Are they literal ghosts Within the context of this story, it s hard to judge As seems to make sense for ghosts, these figures live in an ambiguous state between metaphors and literal occurrences, between reality and the hallucinations of a schizophrenic By their very existence within the story, The Ghosts of Nagasaki calls attention to the falsity of real in fiction Even in the most realistic of fiction, story elements that are supposed to be taken at face value are nothing than artistic devices invented by the author The most realistic character is a layered painting of a person created to exist in our imagination And the ghosts of this story are similar Created as literary devices and real characters at the same time that our main character has an ambiguous relationship with he believes in them, he doesn t He rejects them he embraces them It s the push and pull of both memory and fiction The Ghosts of Nagasaki is personal Almost embarrassingly intimate in revealing the pained heart of our main character It s not a grand narrative as they call those big, sweeping stories it lives close to the heart of the main character yet feels universal in the way it speaks to loss, loneliness, intimacy, and love The narrative is so close to the main character that sometimes it even feels claustrophobic an effective emotional representation of the experience of the main character It does get a little bit repetitive at times, repeating certain words and phrases, repeating similar experiences for the main character which I found to help create a ghostly hypnotic quality to the story Admittedly, some might find these elements a bit repetitive, but for me they served a valid purpose The main character was reliving his sins or failings or memories over and over again He was trapped by the past, by his ghosts.The language in The Ghosts of Nagasaki is quite strong and sophisticated Clausen managed to be both vibrant and intellectual in his choices without being showy or precious And there were even some parts featuring my favorite character, the Welsh roommate, that were hilarious The roommate added some needed levity to the emotional torment of the main character.Clausen caught me off guard with the psychological twists that hit toward the end of the book Subtle shifts that I didn t see coming Did I fully understand the ending I think so I m not sure I believe I got it But, again, I think the ambiguity is wholly appropriate Define the elements too much, and it takes away from the reader s imagination and investigation of the text It asks of the reader, to connect the dots The ambiguity may frustrate some readers, but frustration is one aspect of a great work The reader learns how to bring something of their own to the table After all, this is a literary book not a commercial no brain beach read Highly recommended.Full disclosure I have become friends with Daniel Clausen, and we have purchased and reviewed each other s books I guarantee this review was not biased by personal connection Or your money back For reading this Which is free Anyway flag 22 likesLike see review Aug 13, 2018 Ray rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves ebook, novels Ghosts of Nagasaki by Daniel Clausen may not seem so at first, but is a unique expat tale It begins with long dramatizations of the typical party expat lifestyle, as the narrator along with his partner in crime the Welshman spend most of their time getting drunk in Nagasaki bars It s a familiar introduction to anyone who has lived abroad, especially in Asia While the job aspect is briefly covered something about being a kind of business analyst there s the ESL teaching aspect as well More th Ghosts of Nagasaki by Daniel Clausen may not seem so at first, but is a unique expat tale It begins with long dramatizations of the typical party expat lifestyle, as the narrator along with his partner in crime the Welshman spend most of their time getting drunk in Nagasaki bars It s a familiar introduction to anyone who has lived abroad, especially in Asia While the job aspect is briefly covered something about being a kind of business analyst there s the ESL teaching aspect as well More than anything, it seems to be very much a boy s story of how much fun it is hitting on local girls It seems to be so, at first However, there is a reason this story is called Ghosts of Nagasaki What the narrative is truly about, the reader eventually discovers, is how both the city of Nagasaki and the poor narrator are perpetually haunted The timeline jumps around to reveal backstory, highlighting how the Japan is haunted by World War II and how young men who run away to far off countries cannot escape being haunted by their past Be it a tragic fostered childhood, or the drama of a love long lost For a short time in Nagasaki, I believed that I had put enough distance between me and my old life I could exist as a different person as a Lost Boy wandering from nomihodai to nomihodai, as a chaser of catwomen and other prized treasures of the Great Eugenics Project There is much to learn on ghost bureaucracy There is much introspection On my futon mattress, alone on a cold Nagasaki night, I wonder what it s all about And often than not, there are the ruminations on a mysterious woman called Debra It was about her and me It takes a while, but halfway through the novel positive female characters who exist outside of the mind do show up, such as the overachieving Aussie who is the first to challenge the obnoxious Welshmen Soon though, as the protagonist goes deeper inside the recesses of his own head, it becomes exponentially unreliable narrator There s the addition of an imaginary friend, a famous mythical beast of the Western variety, who becomes one of the most charming and hilarious of characters Some questions are ultimately answered in the end, and some aren t In this experimental tale of ryokans and gradual madness, one learns that it s worth it to take the time to learn about people no matter how cynical first impressions may be Do oneself a favor, satisfied or not, and make sure to read to the end flag 21 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 01, 2015 Mike Robbins rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves magic realism A young American financial analyst returns to his Tokyo apartment one evening and begins, for no obvious reason, to write He starts with his arrival in Japan, four years earlier, at the age of 22, to work as an English teacher in Nagasaki We re back in a noisy group of heavy drinking young expat teachers, and our narrator is as smashed as the rest of them But there is something a little reflective about him As he recounts his life as it was in Nagasaki, we learn that he had a childhood A young American financial analyst returns to his Tokyo apartment one evening and begins, for no obvious reason, to write He starts with his arrival in Japan, four years earlier, at the age of 22, to work as an English teacher in Nagasaki We re back in a noisy group of heavy drinking young expat teachers, and our narrator is as smashed as the rest of them But there is something a little reflective about him As he recounts his life as it was in Nagasaki, we learn that he had a childhood and youth back in the USA that he s never really come to terms with life in foster homes, causing trouble as a child, and eventually a foster parent who did love him, but who he lost He is, in a sense, dead inside.And then he starts to see ghosts the ghosts of Nagasaki and its past Why are they following him Are they real, are they in his imagination, do they want to hurt him, or do they want to help him overcome his past It slowly becomes apparent that some of them, at least, want to help But it might be too late.Daniel Clausen s The Ghosts of Nagasaki is basically magic realism It s a genre I don t dislike but have probably read enough of You start to suspect that people write magic realism because it s easier than realism plot a bit stuck Stick in a flying pink pig Character doesn t quite work Convert them into an angel Still, over the last year or so I have read two or three such books that really were good This is one of them In this book, magic realism isn t pure self indulgence by the writer Clausen s ghosts aren t arbitrary They re products of Nagasaki s history What that history did to them, and to their characters, is what ties them to the main character s own spiritual journey This gives the book a certain depth, and a genuine narrative cohesion Although the book s themes are quite heavy, the book itself isn t it s a good read Clausen s characters are strong In particular, as someone who s worked abroad a lot, I think he s good at capturing the atmosphere that surrounds hard drinking young expat English teachers Younger development volunteers can be much the same They ve thrown off the constraints of home and are out in the world, and are often pretty anarchic The boozing is only part of this it s a way of thinking Clausen gets this quite well with the narrator s British flatmate You also sense an innate feeling for the rhythms of life in Japan and the way they contrast with the narrator s own.I nearly gave this book five stars, but I couldn t quite The Ghosts of Nagasaki isn t perfect Clausen leaves the odd plotline hanging Here and there he piques our interest in a character and then abandons them Also, though the book s mostly well paced, it can slow down a bit now and then, especially in the first half Besides, to really convince me as a writer, Clausen would have to produce a book that tells a story as good without the magic and the ghosts But I suspect he d be well able to do so In the meantime, The Ghosts of Nagasaki is an interesting and original book Recommended flag 18 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Feb 16, 2017 Paul E Morph rated it it was amazing Shelves books read in 2017 This wonderful novel swept me up in a godlike fist and deposited me in a Japan that was somehow familiar to me, despite my never having been to Japan, and discomfortingly alien at the same time I then found my hand being taken by a kabuki cast of ghosts, dragons and metaphors made flesh and led through a series of worlds some allegorical, some as brutally physical as dirt, but all with a drunken, hallucinatory sense of the familiar The journey managed to be both deeply disturbing and somehow This wonderful novel swept me up in a godlike fist and deposited me in a Japan that was somehow familiar to me, despite my never having been to Japan, and discomfortingly alien at the same time I then found my hand being taken by a kabuki cast of ghosts, dragons and metaphors made flesh and led through a series of worlds some allegorical, some as brutally physical as dirt, but all with a drunken, hallucinatory sense of the familiar The journey managed to be both deeply disturbing and somehow comforting, like a sad song from your childhood.This book has only taken me four days to read yet it has stayed with me for that entire time and I think it s going to stay with me for a long time to come It s now living in my brain like a baby grass snake in a block of Swiss cheese I finished it two hours ago and I ve only just reached the point where I feel like I could even begin to put some words of my own down about it I m definitely still processing out of cheese ERROR.I ve always been a little dismissive of the term magical realism , marking it down as a term pretentious asshats use to describe the fantasy genre, because they don t want to admit even to themselves that they d read a fantasy novel Whatever you want to call it, though, The Ghosts of Nagasaki is a superb piece of surreal fiction that connected with me in a way not many other books have It reminded me of Bright Lights, Big City and Abre los ojos without ever being in any way derivative of them It also reminded me of the work of Salman Rushdie to an extent but that may be because I was reading a Rushdie book at the same time as I was reading this and the human mind loves making connections, whether they re there or not.All this rambling drivel is just my clumsy way of saying I loved this book and I will definitely be checking out of Daniel Clausen s work Breathtaking stuff It made me sit up and say Oh thank GOD somebody else out there perceives the world just like I do Full disclosure I received a digital copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review I ve done my best, but nothing I could scrawl could do this fantastic book justice. flag 16 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jun 01, 2015 Jason rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves read in 2015, top 10 fav books Wow What a book Need to catch my breath while I figure out a review for this so I m gonna ramble for a bit.Have you ever seen a David Lynch movie The movie moves along slowly for a bit, nice and easy to watch, suddenly there is this shift in reality and everything changes, nothing makes sense but it is mesmerising to watch whilst your brain works overtime piecing together what is happening This book is just like a David Lynch movie It moves along slowly, partying, drinking loads, some fanta Wow What a book Need to catch my breath while I figure out a review for this so I m gonna ramble for a bit.Have you ever seen a David Lynch movie The movie moves along slowly for a bit, nice and easy to watch, suddenly there is this shift in reality and everything changes, nothing makes sense but it is mesmerising to watch whilst your brain works overtime piecing together what is happening This book is just like a David Lynch movie It moves along slowly, partying, drinking loads, some fantastic characters and the waking up trying to remember the previous night at times it feels like the Rum Diary Then there is that shift in reality and you find yourself reading about ghosts, a dragon and characters from books coming to life, just like Lynch s movies this book is mesmerising Absolutely Stunning.It s about this guy, revisiting Nagasaki after being away for a few years and he can t help himself as he sits in front of his laptop writing about his past and re living everything again The story is very clever how it jumps forward to present day as the guy is experiencing the emotions and pains he was going through in his life As the story ends and all loose ends are tied up this emotionless robot of a reader couldn t help but feel moved By far the best book I ve read this year, how this is not one of the best known books I ll never know maybe it needs a bit of bondage to bring it to peoples attention flag 14 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Oct 05, 2015 Rupert Dreyfus rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves experimental, gothic, indie gems, to read again I was sent a free copy of this book in return for a review and now I feel terrible because it s made me realise what a terrible reviewer I am For starters I m going to fall into that annoying camp of people who doesn t know how to review this book because the dreamy, nonlinear structure and historical backdrop have made it virtually impossible for a joker like me to summarise so I m going to skip that part I ve just read other reviews hoping they d give me something to go off, but most of them I was sent a free copy of this book in return for a review and now I feel terrible because it s made me realise what a terrible reviewer I am For starters I m going to fall into that annoying camp of people who doesn t know how to review this book because the dreamy, nonlinear structure and historical backdrop have made it virtually impossible for a joker like me to summarise so I m going to skip that part I ve just read other reviews hoping they d give me something to go off, but most of them seem to be taking the same position So where to be begin Is this book what gets called magical realism I don t really know because I haven t read much magical realism if any Even the genre name magical realism is enough to make me wince because I consider Carl Sagan one of the greatest minds of the last century So I can t even give this review some scope and write about the genre this book may or may not be from and then place it in a broader context This is clearly my fault because I m a terrible reviewer However, at least for me, there was also a Gothic feel to this story owed to the first person narrative voice totally unreliable and the constant presence of ghosts which may be symbolic rather than literal Anyway arguably we shouldn t care which genre a book belongs to I just thought I d mention it because I m stuck on things to write about.Okay, so that s two paragraphs filled with total fucking nonsense Let s try some substance the quality of writing was superb There were parts which moved me than any other book I ve read in the last five years I also enjoyed the references to traditional Japanese culture with dragons, samurais, cats, cherry blossoms and ghosts featuring throughout the story In fact I bet you could ask Horiyoshi III to base a full body suit on this book and it d look fantastic I also liked the fact that you never really knew if you were coming or going with this book which I think is why some people have likened it to a David Lynch film Being a massive fan of Lynch I think there is a likeness to some degree as I occasionally had that feeling of what the fuck is going on here And not really knowing if I m in a dream or if the ghosts are supposed to be literal or if it s all just a faulty memory I still haven t got a clue I gave this book five stars because it falls into the tiny category of books which I intend to reread purely because I think there s to it than what I ve taken the first time round This shows that the author has enough skill to balance good writing with mystery I hate having to star rate books and I hate having to then feel like I need to justify it because it s all arbitrary nonsense Apologies for the terrible review, Daniel flag 13 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jul 16, 2013 Kirstine rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves magical realism, own, reviewed, 1 men I have always believed that the goodness of life was somewhere beyond my grasp, that the shadow of failure was hanging over me Every obstacle seemed like a slope that could lead me back to where I came from a nice shiny new car borrowed for a while and a bit of sunshine, one kid on top of you, the other shoving dirt in your mouth What a nerve wracking thing it is to be given hope What a beautiful, thought provoking, profoundly surprising and courageous book I was approached by the author w I have always believed that the goodness of life was somewhere beyond my grasp, that the shadow of failure was hanging over me Every obstacle seemed like a slope that could lead me back to where I came from a nice shiny new car borrowed for a while and a bit of sunshine, one kid on top of you, the other shoving dirt in your mouth What a nerve wracking thing it is to be given hope What a beautiful, thought provoking, profoundly surprising and courageous book I was approached by the author with an offer to read it in change for a review, and I accepted Something I m grateful for, as I m not sure I ever would have found this book on my own And what a story I would have missed out on So thank you, Daniel, ever so much for sending me a copy, and of course for writing it The prose is magnificent Some of it reads like a Siken poem I look briefly for those shaggy monsters of my youth , some of it cuts straight to the heart and some of it perfectly captures the blandness, and the hopelessness of existence There s a bleakness to it, and a hopefulness at the same time It s imagined in gray with specks of vibrant colors The mountain is a lush green, the ocean is beautifully blue, Mr Spackle sparkles like spilled glitter in sunshine, and all the while our protagonist is black and white, his workplace is gray, his apartment is a faded brown And the ghosts are white, with shades of color that have long gone It s the perfect mix of real, superreal and unreal It s about the limits of fantasy, about imagination as a tool for healing, about the people around us who save us daily and how unbelievably difficult it can be to accept to feel anything, once you ve been broken so bad you ve wished again and again you didn t have a heart at all I guarantee you this book is no what you expect The words fall together seamlessly and the story flows, taking you with it It might be about redemption and forgiveness It might be about something else But whether it be his childhood, his 22 year old self getting drunk in Nagasaki, or the wounded business man in Tokyo, part of his tale will get to you You ll recognize it Most of all I m impressed that Daniel Clausen managed to write a story that could have been so goddamned sad, so utterly hopeless and dark, and instead it filled me with optimism His observations on so many subjects is unnervingly spot on, and he presents a lot of human issues in a light that is both humoristic, clever and deeply serious Debra used to say that Justice existed, but that he was just a no good lazy dog who liked to take shortcuts, shirk his work, and sneak out for a drink On his worst days, he would try to cheat on you with your sister when you had your back turned All he needed was a good kick in the rear end and a reminder he had a job to do I wanted to kick the fucking cigarette out of Justice s mouth and say, Listen fucker, get back to work or I m going to kick your anemic little ass And because Justice is weak kneed and likes expedients, he would get back to work, no problem And haven t we all, at one time or another, agreed with this description of justice He can be cruel in his absence I cannot recommend this book enough I m honored to have received a signed copy, and will hopefully be reading from this author in the future For now, let me cherish having read these 240 pages, and met, if only briefly, the ghosts of Nagasaki flag 11 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 27, 2014 Zoes Human rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommends it for lovers of the surreal Shelves lt Imagine if you will, that instead of Alice, Holden Caulfield went through the looking glass seeking not his missing kitten but his missing heart Imagine further that this entire episode of madness magic were to be orchestrated by David Lynch This would then be something akin to The Ghosts of Nagasaki.It is lovely and disorienting and full of beautiful, dream like prose flag 10 likesLike see review Jun 01, 2015 Rebecca Gransden rated it it was amazing review of another edition The Ghosts of Nagasaki isone of those ones that lingers Giving a breakdown of theme, plot or character seems to waste time somehow, so I won t I don t want to figure this novel out, just leave it to live in the fragment of time in which I read it, compartmentalize it away into its own drawer and lock it ready as a challenge to my unconscious mind to sort out It s not sparing with its heaviness or dismissive of its playfulness Deadness.The ghostly figures that populate the novel care li The Ghosts of Nagasaki isone of those ones that lingers Giving a breakdown of theme, plot or character seems to waste time somehow, so I won t I don t want to figure this novel out, just leave it to live in the fragment of time in which I read it, compartmentalize it away into its own drawer and lock it ready as a challenge to my unconscious mind to sort out It s not sparing with its heaviness or dismissive of its playfulness Deadness.The ghostly figures that populate the novel care little for their place relative to reality and fantasy, and the compulsion for the reader to look for the joins is a mistake, thankfully one that I wasn t concerned with at all.Manifestations born of mischief, chiefly in the guise of a friendly dragon, take on the wisdom of the fool, the value of lightness when numbness has caused a protective retreat demonstrated in funny ways.Like the Tin Man, the writer we follow has an empty space in his chest and a visitation from a feminine presence with shoes of ruby red helps direct him towards a place where there may be a chance to fill it with something Something different, perhaps strange and not what he expected, but full nonetheless Journeying to quiet places that seem set apart, where the inner world intermingles with the outer unquestioned, he measures himself against the spirits and deep waters.This is one of those that travels without moving Where staying still means the greatest leaps and a metamorphosis happens beneath The places merge into a whole, a coagulated life force that brilliantly represents the limbo a lack of heart implies.Ultimately the ghostly remnants of a traumatized place show the lessons ingrained in the legacy of events too terrible The threads of ancient reserves return to offer solace to those who are able to accept it A wonderful book that may mean something to anyone who has ever struggled with losing themselves, feeling disassociated from the world around them or too overcome by unfortunate events flag 8 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Apr 10, 2014 Lea rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves acquired 2014, books i own, read 2014, reviews 3.5 StarsAs many reviewers have mentioned, this is a difficult book to review I can honestly say I ve never read anything like it I don t usually feel out of my depths with books, but I was with this one, practically from the first page, and I never really felt that I found my footing with it You will never ever ever predict what is going to happen in this story not in a huge plot twist kind of way, like The Sixth Sense, like you just couldn t conceive of the interesting sights you mi 3.5 StarsAs many reviewers have mentioned, this is a difficult book to review I can honestly say I ve never read anything like it I don t usually feel out of my depths with books, but I was with this one, practically from the first page, and I never really felt that I found my footing with it You will never ever ever predict what is going to happen in this story not in a huge plot twist kind of way, like The Sixth Sense, like you just couldn t conceive of the interesting sights you might come across while out for a leisurely stroll in an unknown neighborhood It isn t any kind of stereotypical plot it s something entirely new.So it s challenging and different but is it any good Well, yes It s very good It s beautifully written, and whenever I was actively reading it I found it difficult to put down However, whenever I wasn t reading it, I had a very hard time convincing myself to pick it back up again I m not sure why perhaps it was simply too challenging for me It is definitely one of a handful of books that I ve felt I was just not smart enough to understand in the way the author intended, so maybe I was reacting to having to work a bit harder on this one I don t want to give the impression that this book is somehow tiresome or dull as I said, it s unique and inventive, and the story is compelling I also felt that the descriptions of Japan were incredibly interesting there was beauty and strangeness in abundance, much as I imagine must be the case in real life.I would recommend this, but probably not to the casual reader It s a beautiful story, but you may have to work for it.Thank you to the author to allowing me to read and review his book flag 8 likesLike see review Oct 05, 2015 Alison rated it it was amazing review of another edition This is a difficult book to review for me It s completely different to anything I have ever read before, and has stayed with me for days since finishing.First of all, I will say that I initially struggled with this book Not through any fault of either the author or the content, I must add My fault entirely from jumping straight into reading this fresh from finishing another Japanese based novel my first Murakami without giving time for the dust to settle.In saying that, this is a challengin This is a difficult book to review for me It s completely different to anything I have ever read before, and has stayed with me for days since finishing.First of all, I will say that I initially struggled with this book Not through any fault of either the author or the content, I must add My fault entirely from jumping straight into reading this fresh from finishing another Japanese based novel my first Murakami without giving time for the dust to settle.In saying that, this is a challenging read of its own accord, and certainly not one to be taken lightly or with any preconceived ideas Extremely sophisticated without being pretentious or pompous.The protagonist is a tormented soul forced to deal with his painful past by the sudden reappearance of the ghosts Despite the direction and advice he receives from them, he doesn t feel worthy of any kind of forgiveness.It s not all doom and gloom though There are numerous funny scenes from his years in Tokyo, and touching personal moments with individuals.This is one book I will definitely read again, as I am sure there are many points I have missed out along the way.I recommend this to anyone who is up for a challenging journey, open minded Disclosure I purchased this book from I am friends with the author on a friendship that was established after I read and rated this book flag 8 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Jun 01, 2015 Leo Robertson rated it really liked it review of another edition A beautiful, meandering surrealist memoir of sorts that to me read in a Murakami esque dislocated style The narrative branches and sprawls out epically, echoing its narrative through history and fantasy Unfortunately I don t find myself with to say than has already been said, having read the far incisive reviews of this work that are available some of my favourites you can check out below RebeccaJasonHarryLibbyMike But maybe that s better, because I can guarantee you ve read this fa A beautiful, meandering surrealist memoir of sorts that to me read in a Murakami esque dislocated style The narrative branches and sprawls out epically, echoing its narrative through history and fantasy Unfortunately I don t find myself with to say than has already been said, having read the far incisive reviews of this work that are available some of my favourites you can check out below RebeccaJasonHarryLibbyMike But maybe that s better, because I can guarantee you ve read this far so you know this book is stunning and well worth your time flag 8 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Nov 08, 2014 Harry Whitewolf rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves general fiction I think I ve just found my new favourite author At one point in Ghosts of Nagasaki, the protagonist is asked So, you like to write To which he replies, No, I desperately want to quit, but I can t I have a feeling the author may have been talking about himself there, because this book reeks of an idea that was germinated and accumulated in a prose confused head until it eventually forced the writer to put pen to paper Or finger to key And, for me, that s the secret of a great writer t I think I ve just found my new favourite author At one point in Ghosts of Nagasaki, the protagonist is asked So, you like to write To which he replies, No, I desperately want to quit, but I can t I have a feeling the author may have been talking about himself there, because this book reeks of an idea that was germinated and accumulated in a prose confused head until it eventually forced the writer to put pen to paper Or finger to key And, for me, that s the secret of a great writer they don t actually choose to write in the first place.It s almost like The Rum Diary or even Three Men In A Boat, humour banter wise at the start, only in the set up of the wonder of being in a foreign land with big money is in reality mostly drunken nights out with the immediate company you keep in this case the much loved, frank speaking Welshman who compliments and sometimes completes the main character The banter comes fast, the laughs rise themselves from the page and infect the reader, and there s a sheer joy at reading Clausen s distinctive and often poetic prose, with sharp insights and killer skills of weaving a good story.I m sure most readers will hanker on to those first weeks with the Welshman, but it s not long before this book builds and strays into stranger and wilder territories When the ghosts appear, that s when the story really takes off But what s meant by ghosts The ghosts of the protagonist s orphan and foster family childhood, the ghosts in his head, the ghosts of books and writers coming to life, a girl with red shoes, a most adorable Welsh dragon, the perhaps everyone and everything s a ghost And perhaps the ghosts in his head only manifest themselves because he s in a land where ghosts exist , because of the Japanese spiritual attitudes of the place Time ceases to be linear It s Incan in origin, where the past and present run parallel But actually, just forget all that This is just one man s story The boundaries of reality don t matter by the end The island where hearts are grown is real enough in the purifying tale of this man in Japan.At times I felt like I was reading Are You Experienced At other times I was absorbed in a Hundred Years of Solitude and Famished Road type world The blend of humour, metaphysical magic and emotional journeys was mixed just right for this reader I mean, you even get philosophy from Kermit The Frog in this book Buy it now.Harry Whitewolf Author of Route Number 11 and The Road To Purification flag 7 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Mar 21, 2015 Rage rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves first reads, japan, travelogue I find that some books are eminently readable when you let them wash over you and don t worry about figuring it out this is a story of self discovery the narrator has gotten lost in memories of foster homes childhood nightmares, humiliation, and rebellion and the ghosts that overwhelm him in Japan, where he s gone to get away from everything some of the ghosts are his own and some seem to come from Japan s history and transformations shusaku endou s novel silence comes to play a mor I find that some books are eminently readable when you let them wash over you and don t worry about figuring it out this is a story of self discovery the narrator has gotten lost in memories of foster homes childhood nightmares, humiliation, and rebellion and the ghosts that overwhelm him in Japan, where he s gone to get away from everything some of the ghosts are his own and some seem to come from Japan s history and transformations shusaku endou s novel silence comes to play a than minor role the narrator also briefly visits WWII era Japan, and of course, while he s in Nagasaki he reflects on atomic bombs the narrative is a whirlwind there s no introduction, transitions are abrupt, things pass by in a haze of alcohol and dissociative fugues in the beginning, our boy and his lovable drunken lout of a roommate, a relentlessly chatty welshman, drink a lot already concerned with the cats he seems to see everywhere, the narrator happens to meet a woman dressed like a cat at a halloween party but ends up spending the night in a cemetery instead of with her he s in tokyo, writing down all of his memories of what s simultaneously happening to him in nagasaki, years earlier like I said, I just accept it, and the story carries me along which is basically the attitude the narrator takes when apostates and sparkling dragons invade his lifee word superreal shows up often where someone else might have written surreal to me, the story suggested that concepts and beliefs, although intangible, matter are real than so many of the things we find ourselves compelled to do, the substance of our daily lives go to a job you hate, every night is the same inconsequential party until or unless at some point something meaningful appears and then you can live in the pursuit of that but the story is not a moral lesson, it s very specifically about this one dude facing his demons I don t think that this book is for everyone all of the japanese culture points, the somewhat stream of consciousness narrative albeit in a very fragmented consciousness , the abstract and seemingly inexplicable progression of events I really enjoyed seeing all of the weird elements coming together at the end I found the conclusion gracefully executed and gratifying as a lil note, I entered a giveaway and didn t win, but the author sent me a copy so that is how I had the opportunity to read this book and write a review these are my unbiased thoughts about what I read flag 6 likesLike see review Feb 01, 2015 Marjorie rated it it was amazing review of another edition What a magical, mystical journey this book takes the reader on As others have said, this book s not for everyone and is not a light, easy read I at first thought it wasn t a very long book but it ended up taking me longer than usual to read because I had to stop, think, look back, read a paragraph or two again to appreciate what it was saying Daniel Clausen was kind enough to send me a copy of his book for a review after reading the books I had listed on my reading list on as he tho What a magical, mystical journey this book takes the reader on As others have said, this book s not for everyone and is not a light, easy read I at first thought it wasn t a very long book but it ended up taking me longer than usual to read because I had to stop, think, look back, read a paragraph or two again to appreciate what it was saying Daniel Clausen was kind enough to send me a copy of his book for a review after reading the books I had listed on my reading list on as he thought his book would be something I would like He definitely knows how to pick his readers I very seldom buy books, depending on the library due to my greediness for reading, but now I have The Ghosts of Nagasaki in my home to pick up again and savor the story all over again I know each reading will disclose thoughts that I missed the first time around.This book allows you to suspend all disbelief and to open up your mind to all possibilities You ll meet a vast assortment of characters, many ghosts, an apostate, a samurai, even a dragon The only character I found unbelievable was the doctor who didn t want to be paid for his services Just kidding he was believable, too There s even a mysterious island This book is so unusual and nothing like you ve read before Keep reading and you ll be drawn into this young man s life and his friends will become yours and you ll truly care about what happens to them I had emotional tears in my eyes during the last two chapters and these characters and this story will remain with me for a long time to come Thank you, Daniel, for giving me this chance to read your marvelous book flag 6 likesLike see review Jun 09, 2013 Caroline rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves drama I d hesitate to recommend this to everyone though, because it s just on that edge of surrealism that will not appeal to everyone However, I think if anyone enjoys Haruki Murakami, they re going to enjoy this book I think my appreciation was heightened because I ve read both Silence and recently, Five by Endo by Sh saku End While he made references to Silence and the Christian martyrs in Nagasaki, Endo s Silence paints such a strong picture of the torture of Portuguese missionaries by th I d hesitate to recommend this to everyone though, because it s just on that edge of surrealism that will not appeal to everyone However, I think if anyone enjoys Haruki Murakami, they re going to enjoy this book I think my appreciation was heightened because I ve read both Silence and recently, Five by Endo by Sh saku End While he made references to Silence and the Christian martyrs in Nagasaki, Endo s Silence paints such a strong picture of the torture of Portuguese missionaries by the Japanese in 16th Century Japan who refused to apostatize, the Judas like Kichijiro and samurai Inoue that their appearance in Clausen s book is all the vivid if you ve already read Silence But even if you haven t, Ghosts of Nagasaki is still strong enough to stand on its own and hold you enthralled, living through the memories and what appear to be hallucinations of the protagonist, an American businessman living in Tokyo He s compelled to write a memoir of his years in Nagasaki and to solve a mystery But he s contending with ghosts that are birthed from the skin of cats, living with a ranting Welshman and for a while, Kichijiro who s always in tattered clothes and crying out about apostatizing All the while, he s still got a job to go to and oh, he has to solve the mystery before his heart turns into a lump of cold steel.4 stars flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Mar 10, 2013 guiltlessreader rated it really liked it review of another edition Originally posted on my blog Guiltless ReadingI admit it, I apostasized the conventional novel.My two cents This is one difficult book to review I have been sitting on this letting my thoughts percolate because it isn t a conventional read, and so my review isn t going to be conventional either.When I first saw the title, I thought it could be anything from historical fiction hey, it s set in Japan , to scary mystery Japanese ghosts The Ring I didn t know what I was expecting, really, Originally posted on my blog Guiltless ReadingI admit it, I apostasized the conventional novel.My two cents This is one difficult book to review I have been sitting on this letting my thoughts percolate because it isn t a conventional read, and so my review isn t going to be conventional either.When I first saw the title, I thought it could be anything from historical fiction hey, it s set in Japan , to scary mystery Japanese ghosts The Ring I didn t know what I was expecting, really, and when I posted Daniel Clausen s guest post which was rather funny, I got even confused.This is the story of an American expat, a business analyst, who works in Tokyo One night, he just feels compelled to write This is the story of his early days in Nagasaki Of red shoes Of Japanese ghosts An island he has to return to And here s where any sense to the story just falls apart If I could venture a comparison, this has the surreal ness of a Haruki Murakami but it is just a touch hopeful And yes, there is a cat in this one too Little surprise that Clausen is a Murakami fan The storyline weaves in and out as streams of consciousness, with me constantly second guessing whether what was happening was in the past or present, or real or imagined Everything about the story is loose, fluid, and confusing I learned to accept the confusion and kind of coasted through the rest of the book This is as much about the story as the feelings that it will evoke Rather brazen in how intimate the emotions this book will evoke you, I went through the first half just a bundle of energy and with mixed emotions Strangely hollow, empty, adrift, days filled with meaningless work, meaningless drinking Then confused as hell Then a rather strange little bout of laughing and cracking up between his roommate Mikey and the constant I admit it, I apostasized I pretty much looked like a madwoman reading this Then BAM Aha Ok, I see where this is going Or I think I know where he is going I m not quite sure what crazy little mind game Clausen was playing at What I really loved about this book is the way the writing just flowed, languid and poetic I personally found the writing mesmerizing at times, and very soothing What struck me most is the imagery, where the real and the figurative sort of meld together and all the while I kept internally debating and flip flopping on this The imagery stays with you, similar to the girl in the red dress in the film Schindler s list Here, it s a girl in red Converse shoes Or of Mr Sparkles, a Welsh yes, a Welsh dragon singing Cat Stevens Or of a ball of steel weighing heavily where my heart should be The ghosts are not creepy but they did talk back and I was never sure whether they were truly ghosts, memories of real people, or simply the character speaking to himself in his mind.This is such a satisfying read I think the trick to enjoying this book is to just embrace the confusion and the seeming randomness I reveled in it and I have come to the conclusion that confusion is a necessary part of making sense of things, kind of like Clausen s character who exorcises the ghosts of his life There s probably some profound philosophical or psychological analysis to all this To me, it simply lent to an air of introspection what would it take for me not to have a ball of steel but a living, breathing thing of a heart Verdict If you re out for a straightforward story, this will annoy the hell out of you But if you re ready for a mind bending journey and some introspection, I suggest you try this one You may just like it Uh oh That cover has got to go It s much too bland and generic I hope a new cover would feature a little bit of red right after reading wow i wasn t expecting that flag 5 likesLike see review Jun 26, 2014 Amberle Husbands rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves painfully beautiful The Ghosts of Nagasaki turned out to be a completely different story than the one I was expecting and nothing makes me happier in a book than being pleasantly surprised and taken completely off guard The story itself is symbol and metaphor heavy to the point that, from time to time, the metaphor is much a concrete presence than the real and present action This book doesn t play subtly until about ten pages from the end, when it suddenly smacks you over the head with everything you ove The Ghosts of Nagasaki turned out to be a completely different story than the one I was expecting and nothing makes me happier in a book than being pleasantly surprised and taken completely off guard The story itself is symbol and metaphor heavy to the point that, from time to time, the metaphor is much a concrete presence than the real and present action This book doesn t play subtly until about ten pages from the end, when it suddenly smacks you over the head with everything you overlooked and takes your breath away subtly Even the author s language leaves little doubt that the world behind the scenes is the driving force of this long journey HP Lovecraft had the words cyclopean and eldritch , Daniel Clausen has supereal But the writing is very smooth, well edited, and never long winded Quite refreshing, really, after seeing so many independent novels that either spit out a message and then up size the font to fill a chapbook or spend a thousand pages not saying anything The whole book felt very balanced and professional, and while the formatting was initially a bit eye wracking, with extra spaces left between paragraphs and chapters forming within what had seemed to be chapters, I got over that within a few pages The content of the story was what surprised me most I m greatly impressed that the author was able to make such hilarious scenes and situations all immediately relatable so nostalgic and melancholy beneath the surface Sometimes, when trying to describe to other people a work of art or fiction that truly surprised and delighted me, I find it useful to leave that piece s medium entirely and describe it through comparisons in some largely unrelated field In movie buff terms, The Ghosts of Nagasaki combined the most poignant, beautiful, and accessible aspects from both Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Harold and Maude Two of my favorite films of all time but two that I completely admit become unbearable when taken too lightly As the back cover blurber says, The Ghosts of Nagasaki is not a book to be read lightly I was contacted by the author, Daniel Clausen, and offered a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion I recommend this book very strongly this is one I look forward to re reading flag 5 likesLike see review Jun 02, 2014 Matt Lewis rated it really liked it Shelves mystery, giveaways This was pretty frustrating to read at first I had this book on the back burner for the longest time, but finally got the time to read it I ll admit, for the first half of the book, I was pretty discouraged There was a whole lot about the character that was too repetitive aspects of his personality would surface with either no or way too much context the story itself seemed locked into a repetitive quality that tried way too hard to establish the banal nature of office work English teaching This was pretty frustrating to read at first I had this book on the back burner for the longest time, but finally got the time to read it I ll admit, for the first half of the book, I was pretty discouraged There was a whole lot about the character that was too repetitive aspects of his personality would surface with either no or way too much context the story itself seemed locked into a repetitive quality that tried way too hard to establish the banal nature of office work English teaching bar hopping in Japan I contemplated giving up on it many times.But once I broke through the first half, the nature of the story finally began to change Explanations for context are finally given Fruitless activities are finally given up on and the insanity of the character is no longer emphasized The character begins a new, much interesting journey to explore himself rather than just let things happen to him Once this starts, the quality of the story finally takes on aspects of the influences that the author intended Murakami, Japanese mythology, history philosophy, really that quality of redemption that we see so well represented in the best animes stories that are so unique to Japan Difficult to pull off, but it s in there.I m glad I stuck with this one Although the first half could use a lot streamlining, the payoff of this story is a satisfying reward I felt like I had also completed the long, ardouous battle of the character, overcome his flaws and pitfalls with him Like the main character, this book overcame its flaws and redeemed itself in the end Worth the effort flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2013 Rob Slaven rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves fiction, first reads Like I ve said many times before, this book was received as a courtesy from the author Despite that endlessly kind consideration, I will give it candid feedback below.On first glance it s rather hard to know what exactly to expect from Ghosts Supernatural thriller Bildungsroman Simple personal drama Thinly veiled autobio Stylistically it s a stream of consciousness put to paper, almost a Blair Witch of the printed page The narrative bounces effortlessly from point to point, backwards an Like I ve said many times before, this book was received as a courtesy from the author Despite that endlessly kind consideration, I will give it candid feedback below.On first glance it s rather hard to know what exactly to expect from Ghosts Supernatural thriller Bildungsroman Simple personal drama Thinly veiled autobio Stylistically it s a stream of consciousness put to paper, almost a Blair Witch of the printed page The narrative bounces effortlessly from point to point, backwards and forwards in time and the reader is left to untangle the meaning of all of it for themselves in much the same way that real life is left as an exercise to the person living it.Clausen s novel is a complex and interwoven narrative and has a certain quality to it that buries it quietly into your skull You may think momentarily to yourself that you need to put it down and go let out the cat but before you know it an hour has passed and the cat is still rather disgruntled and awaiting your attention Our author weaves a tale with great draw that you just have to get to the bottom of Along the way he plants images in your head that somehow linger after the book is over In summary, Clausen s book is well worth the read but the potential peruser is cautioned to exercise patience This is not your typical novel woven of fluff and cotton candy It is best consumed on a long, cold rainy day in January when the whole rest of the world can be shut out, leaving you in Clausen s capable hands flag 5 likesLike see review Sep 17, 2012 Libby rated it really liked it review of another edition Wow There were moments in this book where I was swept away into an entirely new reality Few of those moments were with the ghosts or the experimental portions of the book I liked those moments, appreciated the difficulty and the skill it took to write them, but what really grabbed me was the main character struggling with the death of his foster mother and with finding his own place in the world Clausen wrote those moments to such perfection that it was truly touching to read.I love a b Wow There were moments in this book where I was swept away into an entirely new reality Few of those moments were with the ghosts or the experimental portions of the book I liked those moments, appreciated the difficulty and the skill it took to write them, but what really grabbed me was the main character struggling with the death of his foster mother and with finding his own place in the world Clausen wrote those moments to such perfection that it was truly touching to read.I love a book that challenges you Ghosts of Nagasaki does not allow for lazy readers This is a story you have to participate in and you have to be willing to let go and travel with the story no matter where it ventures You ll find yourself encountering mystical elements at nearly every turn This is a story of personal mythology, or at least that s how I see it.This is the only time I ve read a story that s contained a sparkly Welsh dragon, a ghost of a fictional character, and a character living in two times and two realities the case could be made for that applying to multiple characters, but I m thinking of one in particular I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something different to read This story is accessible, but definitely out of the ordinary flag 5 likesLike see review Mar 15, 2014 Nancy Steinle gummel rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2014 reading challenge, free books, fiction I received a copy of this book for my honest review The Ghosts of Nagasaki by Daniel Clausen was a difficult book to read It took me a long time to get into this book and try to sort out the characters and the ghosts Reading this book took me the longest time to read and get through It seemed to me that the unnamed protagonist of this story was an orphan, never knowing his parents He s been in trouble most of his young life until a foster family took him in He became friendly with his fost I received a copy of this book for my honest review The Ghosts of Nagasaki by Daniel Clausen was a difficult book to read It took me a long time to get into this book and try to sort out the characters and the ghosts Reading this book took me the longest time to read and get through It seemed to me that the unnamed protagonist of this story was an orphan, never knowing his parents He s been in trouble most of his young life until a foster family took him in He became friendly with his foster mom Then she got sick and died He feels abandoned looking for his place in life He has to reunite with the past to find peace for the future flag 5 likesLike see review Jun 12, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing review of another edition I received a free copy of this book from the author in the hopes that I would write an honest review.When I began reading the book I was slightly confused I couldn t tell if the main character was crazy, drunk or just writing whatever popped out of his brain It didn t take to long to realize the extend of the character s madness and how much I truly began to care about the characters I found this book to be very intense and yet very enjoyable I would read it for hours and not want to put it I received a free copy of this book from the author in the hopes that I would write an honest review.When I began reading the book I was slightly confused I couldn t tell if the main character was crazy, drunk or just writing whatever popped out of his brain It didn t take to long to realize the extend of the character s madness and how much I truly began to care about the characters I found this book to be very intense and yet very enjoyable I would read it for hours and not want to put it down for the night I recommend reading this book if you at all have a chance It is worth your time flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2014 Oliver rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves magical realism The Ghosts of Nagasaki starts off straightforward enough a foreign business analyst for an international investment firm feels inexplicably compelled to type out whatever he is thinking about What seems at first to be a memoir of loss, regret, and drunken debauchery though, ends up unfolding in a rather unorthodox manner As it turns out, this analyst has a bit of a troubled past, and a difficult time addressing it to boot Despite acknowledging his dissatisfaction with work, family, and socia The Ghosts of Nagasaki starts off straightforward enough a foreign business analyst for an international investment firm feels inexplicably compelled to type out whatever he is thinking about What seems at first to be a memoir of loss, regret, and drunken debauchery though, ends up unfolding in a rather unorthodox manner As it turns out, this analyst has a bit of a troubled past, and a difficult time addressing it to boot Despite acknowledging his dissatisfaction with work, family, and socialization, this unruly autobiography slowly unearths the fact that our narrator is far miserable than even he realizes Thrusting the reader between past and present, blurbs of the narrator as an English teacher in Nagasaki four years prior, as an orphaned child resistant to his foster families, and as a unstimulated twenty six year old corporate slave crisscross and align at all the right moments The chapters and subchapters bounce back and forth between these scenes as sharply and dizzyling as a series of professional tennis match volleys, which makes for an exciting and quickly paced plot Further, as the lines between real and imaginary blur for the analyst, they become distorted for the reader as well Are there actual manifestations of ghosts haunting him in his apartment, or are they just metaphors Is the analyst digging up painful and vivid memories, or are these elaborate real time fabrications conjured up by a suppressed hyperactive and creative mind As if sorting out who and what is artificial or legitimate was not perplexing enough, a constant shape shifting of characters forces you to try and determine which form of this supposedly tangible or potentially phantasmal person is the right one And just when you are certain that someone does exist, another factual as far as you have concluded, at least person disregards or denies his or her existence outright This deeply personal examination of abtrusity and indefiniteness in regards to life and life within the novel feels similar to something like Vanilla Sky in its construction and deconstruction of fact Except with a better ending.Fortunately for the type of person who this type of book appeals to, author Daniel Clausen does not kill the ambiguity of the book by pulling some simple explanation out of left field or otherwise spelling out an ending Although all the pieces of the puzzle are there, it is still largely up to the reader by the last page to interpret the conclusion to all of the accumulated questions Stylistically, the book has a lot in common with magical realist author Haruki Murakami, from its narrative flow and austere sentence structure, to its sparse, dry humor, and even down to its generous attention to cats As the story progresses, those aforementioned brusque jolts between past and present all but disappear, and consequently the intrigue and enthrallment lowered to a simmer somewhere in the middle of the book Luckily, there were still enough twists throughout to sustain momentum and eventually stoke the flames back to their previous volume While the ghost in The Ghosts of Nagasaki may or may not actually exist, I think most readers, even those lured in by the prospect of a horror supsense novel, will find its content haunting in a most rewarding, lingering way flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 28, 2012 David Katzman added it review of another edition I will not rate a sample, but I will say that I loved this excerpt Clausen s last book, Lexical Funk was an outstanding collection of short stories my review here , and I am absolutely psyched for this to come out in full It s odd and dreamlike yet with a grounded sense of character The Welsh roommate was both utterly real and utterly hilarious The main character was a bit of a mystery from the get go, but I expect his inner workings and issues will be revealed The setting is Japan, and I will not rate a sample, but I will say that I loved this excerpt Clausen s last book, Lexical Funk was an outstanding collection of short stories my review here , and I am absolutely psyched for this to come out in full It s odd and dreamlike yet with a grounded sense of character The Welsh roommate was both utterly real and utterly hilarious The main character was a bit of a mystery from the get go, but I expect his inner workings and issues will be revealed The setting is Japan, and Clausen nails that, too It feels right I can see intriguing themes bubbling up even from the start This has all the makings of a great, deeply quirky, and personal novel.The highest praise I can offer is that I have already pre purchased Ghosts of Nagasaki direct from Clausen Read this, and then contact him if you dig it flag 4 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Aug 17, 2012 Daniel Clausen added it Review from the author review of another edition I just wanted to let everyone know that this book is absolutely free to read on Download, read it, give it away Go nuts The full novel should be out later this year flag 4 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 07, 2014 Wheeler rated it really liked it review of another edition Reviews aren t done in a vacuum This is especially true when a book has been out for a while and has been reviewed for a while Most of the reviewers make great hay of the surrealism, of the book, its conceit of a person s personal spirits both existing and being visible by others who, likewise, have their own spirits Or personal demons Or, baggage, as many of the knowledgeable characters point out to the main character, a former English teacher turned businessman This making of hay t Reviews aren t done in a vacuum This is especially true when a book has been out for a while and has been reviewed for a while Most of the reviewers make great hay of the surrealism, of the book, its conceit of a person s personal spirits both existing and being visible by others who, likewise, have their own spirits Or personal demons Or, baggage, as many of the knowledgeable characters point out to the main character, a former English teacher turned businessman This making of hay the author, in his email to me asking if I d be interested in reviewing the book, also made great hay over the use of personal spirits, metaphors and an expanded consciousness There are things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy is ridiculous The book has spirits Enough said Suspend your disbelief We do it for Shakespeare, I think we can do it for Clausen I don t see anyone making hay over the dead king s ghost was it really the ghost or a demon sent to tempt Hamlet so I don t see why a few spirits and a metaphysical island should send every reviewer into a tail spin tissy The main character, he s a poor broken boy from a broken home who makes his way in Japan Him being broken, and his broken home, follow him, literally and metaphorically, until the d nouement of the book It s very well written, engaging, and rarely dull.The problems The Ghosts of Nagasaki is not without its own problems First and foremost, a choice of typography Every paragraph break has a space underneath it No, the book isn t double spaced, but the paragraphs are Makes for a jarring read, especially when double spacing between paragraphs, or quadruple spacing, is meant to signify a certain level of break in the context of the read Then, there s breaks marked by asterisks The second problem comes from the plotting of the book itself The orphan did get shown some love, later on in his orphan time, and is now haunted by his past That past is alluded to, and presents itself consistently in the present It is never fleshed out and remains, from what little the reader sees, to be weak The other haunting part of the main character s past, his first foster home, remains shrouded in abusive mystery Some creepy religious hay making Some uncomfortable situations Nothing rises to the point where the reader, already suspending the corporeal reality disbelief, can justify suspending his disbelief in human relationships Saying the main character had a bad childhood doesn t mean he did Maybe that s why he s an unreliable narrator but, I think that s a weak argument I need to believe he was justified in his contention of a bad childhood Throw in some beatings and bam Pun intended, there s a bad house to run away from Growth Personal growth Not enough of it for how long and somewhat uneventful a trip we re taken on.Conclusion A great read in spite of its flaws I do wonder, though, how well thought out each metaphor was That is all The copy of the book reviewed was received, free of charge, from the author, ostensibly in exchange for an honest review. flag 3 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Haruki Murakami f Free Kindle Giveaway of The Ghosts of Nagasaki 3 35 Jul 27, 2017 07 01AM Indie Revolution Ghosts of Nagasaki Free on Kindle 4 6 Jul 27, 2017 07 00AM Making Connections The Ghosts of Nagasaki Free on Kindle 1 7 Jul 26, 2017 03 43PM Indie Revolution The Ghosts of Nagasaki by Daniel Clausen 6 10 Jan 26, 2016 12 00AM Making Connections 3490 THE GHOSTS OF NAGASAKI by Daniel Clausen 11 45 Jan 20, 2015 06 06PM Advanced Copies f Giveaway The Ghosts of Nagasaki ends April 8, 2013 1 7 Apr 05, 2013 08 02AM Free Books,.99, Giveaway The Ghosts of Nagasaki ends April 8, 2013 1 20 Apr 05, 2013 07 58AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Daniel has wanted to be a writer ever since he was in elementary school.He has published stories and articles in such magazines as Slipstream, Black Petals, Spindrift, Zygote in my Coffee, and Leading Edge Science Fiction and many others He has written six books The Sage and the Scarecrow a novel , the Lexical Funk a short story collection , Reejecttion short story essay collection , Reeje Daniel has wanted to be a writer ever since he was in elementary school.He has published stories and articles in such magazines as Slipstream, Black Petals, Spindrift, Zygote in my Coffee, and Leading Edge Science Fiction and many others He has written six books The Sage and the Scarecrow a novel , the Lexical Funk a short story collection , Reejecttion short story essay collection , ReejecttIIon A Number Two, short story essay collection , Something to Stem the Diminishing short story essay collection , and The Ghosts of Nagasaki a novel


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    1. Sorry this review is long overdue, and probably still won t be what the book deserves.This book deserves your time and your full attention You will feel the tug of invitation to get lost in it and to maybe not even question where you re being taken, although you will never be too sure where you re being taken And for sure you ll wonder about your tour guide, our protagonist But you ll hope that he figures himself out and finds what he needs So, you like to write No, I say honestly Sorry this rev [...]


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    3. That s when the girl stands up and says, I ve seen the ghosts I see the ghost of my uncle all the time In fact, he s standing right over there I carry him with me wherever I go And she points.The class goes silent Despite all outward appearances, it s not a silence born of surprise.In this haunted country, ghosts are everywhere, like cherry blossoms and Starbucks.The American narrator of this book spends much of his time hanging out in Japanese pubs with his expat pals He is a business an [...]


    4. Brilliant What a great, surprising read Clausen is another self published author who makes me proud to be a self published author I would put The Ghosts of Nagasaki up on the shelf next to any renowned modern literary work Well, except for that damned print on demand glossy cover I despise the aesthetic of the default glossy cover But everything between the pages, ah, that s another story Literally.The ghosts of the The Ghosts of Nagasaki are both memories and than memories [...]


    5. Ghosts of Nagasaki by Daniel Clausen may not seem so at first, but is a unique expat tale It begins with long dramatizations of the typical party expat lifestyle, as the narrator along with his partner in crime the Welshman spend most of their time getting drunk in Nagasaki bars It s a familiar introduction to anyone who has lived abroad, especially in Asia While the job aspect is briefly covered something about being a kind of business analyst there s the ESL teaching aspect as well More th Gho [...]


    6. A young American financial analyst returns to his Tokyo apartment one evening and begins, for no obvious reason, to write He starts with his arrival in Japan, four years earlier, at the age of 22, to work as an English teacher in Nagasaki We re back in a noisy group of heavy drinking young expat teachers, and our narrator is as smashed as the rest of them But there is something a little reflective about him As he recounts his life as it was in Nagasaki, we learn that he had a childhood A young [...]


    7. This wonderful novel swept me up in a godlike fist and deposited me in a Japan that was somehow familiar to me, despite my never having been to Japan, and discomfortingly alien at the same time I then found my hand being taken by a kabuki cast of ghosts, dragons and metaphors made flesh and led through a series of worlds some allegorical, some as brutally physical as dirt, but all with a drunken, hallucinatory sense of the familiar The journey managed to be both deeply disturbing and somehow Thi [...]


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