Paprika by Yasutaka Tsutsui || Review


Title: Paprika
Author(s): Yasutaka Tsutsui
No. of pages
: 352
Science Fiction
Publication date:
Date read:
July 14th 2019
4/5 ★

tells of the invention of a device that could be used in treating schizophrenic patients. Eventually prototypes of this device go missing and are used to drive (non-schizophrenic) people insane. It’s now up to Atsuko Chiba, her alter-ego Paprika and her fellow researchers to stop dreams and nightmares taking control interferon in real life and take back control.

When I read the synopsis of this book I immediately got intrigued. It’s a nice concept and I was curious about the way Tsutsui would bring it to life. I ended up absolutely loving this book, but also quite confused. I really liked the actual story, but sometimes it got so overwhelming that I lost track of what was happening. And not everything that was being told was important. Like the fact that Atsuko “loved” almost every guy she met in a romantic way. At one moment she has sex in a dream with that guy and the other moment she kisses the other one passionately. Yeah … Maybe it will all make more sense when I watch the anime.

I mainly gave this book 4 stars because of the concept and because of some parts of the book, which I thought were really good and entertaining. Other parts I merely skim-read. It could very well have been the translation though – I wish I could read every language on earth so nothing would get lost in translation.

5 thoughts on “Paprika by Yasutaka Tsutsui || Review

  1. I always wonder what I’m missing when I read a translated book! It would be amazing to be able to read in the original language as well as my mother tongue (which is English!).

    This book certainly sounds quite bizarre! And actually the title of the author’s other book that we can see on this cover also sounds like a weird one… Maybe this is just the author’s signature style!

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    1. I’ve now read some books by Murakami and it was a bit like this one, when it comes to style? So I guess it’s something that often occurs in Japanese literature 😂


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