Cult X

Cult X

The magnum opus by Akutagawa Prize-winner Fuminori Nakamura, Cult X is a story that dives into the psychology of fringe religion, obsession, and social disaffection. When Toru Narazaki?s girlfriend, Ryoko, disappears, he tries to track her down, despite the warnings of a private detective he?s hired to find her. Ryoko?s past is shrouded in mystery, but the one concrete clue The magnum opus by Akutagawa Prize-winner Fuminori Nakamura, Cult X is a story that dives into the psychology o...

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Title:Cult X
Author:Fuminori Nakamura
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:教団X
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:508 pages pages

Cult X Reviews

  • Don Hackett
    Jun 04, 2018
    41/2 stars. Published in the US by Soho Crime, written a known crime writer, this turned out to be so much more than I expected. The story is set around two "cults", one a revisionist Buddhism preached by a benign leader, the other nihilistic and hedonistic preached by twisted, manipul...
  • Laura
    May 13, 2018
    I tried. The premise was so intriguing, but the execution? Too many digressions, too many lectures, and too long getting to anything like what the summary promised. DNF. ARC provided by publisher. ...
  • Al
    Jun 14, 2018
    Part philosophy, part history, part salacious description, Cult X revolves around the activities of a cult and its charismatic leader. I had trouble relating to the characters and their concerns, which are explored in detail as they search for meaning in their lives. Perhaps one has t...
  • Nancy Oakes
    Jun 08, 2018
    very very tough book to rate so I'll leave it blank. It doesn't mean zero stars it just means I am at a loss for applying a rating at this moment. http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/06/... The key word is patience with this novel; my own was sorely tested more than once but in th...
  • Annie
    Apr 23, 2018
    I found Fuminori Nakamura?s Cult X (translated by Kalau Almony) infuriating. I requested it because I am fascinated by cults. Being an atheist, I want to understand what draws people to religion. Cults are the most extreme versions of religion; charismatic leaders with a good story s...
  • Andrew
    Aug 13, 2018
    Nakamura's CULT X is a layered and complicated investigation of why people cling to damaging ideologies, form selves devoted to their ideologies, and come to act against themselves and those they care for as a result of those ideologies. It takes religion and cults as a way to understa...
  • Ariel Marie
    Jul 06, 2018
    I actually didn?t like this really at all. ...
  • Angie Boyter
    Mar 03, 2018
    My Goodreads rating reflects my personal reaction to this book, but many people might enjoy it. For a more balanced and thorough review, do see my Amazon Vine writeup: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1O4YDP... ...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Jul 09, 2018
    If you like novels with a lot of disparate threads where things don't always quite come together and you aren't afraid to be disoriented, there's a lot to like here. If you want simple structures and answered questions, or if you dislike long, philosophical discussions, you should prob...
  • Lorianna
    Jul 16, 2018
    This book could have been about 200 pages shorter. Half of it is really dark and exciting, about the cult and it?s twisted leader and brainwashed followers.The other half is long winded philosophy lectures and political theories. I wish it had split the difference in the tone. It?s...
  • Anthony Connolly
    Jul 29, 2018
    A hot mess. A screed against Japanese culture and history. A series of lectures on theoretical physics and consciousness. Misogynistic. Pornographic. Nominally a young man goes in search of a young woman ensnarled in a cult, which is really two cults and a mixed up scheme to right his...
  • Emma Sea
    Jul 16, 2018
    ebook requested via library ...
  • Barry
    Jun 26, 2018
    Purports to examine cultism like Aum Shinrikyo in Japan. The physics is unconvincing, the comparative religion is unconvincing... but maybe that's the point (?) ...
  • Sherwestonstec
    May 07, 2018
    An intriguing book about politics, religion and sex. One leader Matsuo, who is good, and the other Sawatari a hideous evil man. Throw in a missing girlfriend, Ryoko who goes by many names, a few government agents, many sex scenes and you have a very confusing novel at times. The ending...
  • Gloria Feit
    May 30, 2018
    Ostensibly, this novel begins with a young man who is seeking a woman he has known who apparently had entered the strange world of a cult, which he then joins in an attempt to find her. As he progresses in his quest, the reader is exposed to a variety of topics, ranging from sex and vi...
  • Akylina
    Feb 15, 2018
    Seems like 2018 is the year of long, complicated and difficult-to-review books. Full review to come soon. ...
  • Kathy
    Jun 17, 2018
    In a few words: Part classic noir about a reluctant everyman type of dude getting involved in something much bigger than he anticipated, in the search of the missing, mysterious dame; part philosophy, metaphysics lectures; part Eyes Wide Shut; part American Psycho; and the parts go on,...
  • Lizy
    Nov 22, 2017
    Note: I received this book as a free ARC from Copperfish Books, where I work. Initial thoughts: 1. I think this book destroyed me. 2. I'm normally a 200 page a day kinda girl on my days off. This had me at 50 pages a day because it's so deep. 3. I could see this being a book I ...
  • Marlon
    Jun 26, 2018
    A very strange book. The writing is like Thomas Pynchon meets Haruki Murakami in the midst of a fever dream. I could?ve done without the violent depictions of sex, but overall, a good read with plenty of plot and twists. ...
  • Christie
    Jun 01, 2018
    I find this a difficult book to rate/review. As a fan of Nakamura's other works, I was hopeful starting out. I enjoyed the first parts of the book, especially Matsuo's lectures relating to philosophy, physics, and metaphysics, but the book quickly went in directions that I didn't find ...
  • Patrick Sherriff
    Jul 15, 2018
    This release is doing the rounds of the English-language review circuit right now and I was intrigued enough to download the audiobook narrated by Brian Nishii. But a couple of warnings: It's 17 hours or so of listening, or 512 pages of reading. Which of course would be fine if the boo...
  • Denise Mullins
    Jul 31, 2018
    While I could dismiss any of this book's shortcomings on translative interpretations, that doesn't alter the fact that this book was comprised of rambling, repetitive, pseudo-intellectual gibberish. What began as a compelling mystery quickly devolved in a vapid series of goofy maneuver...
  • Dave
    Jan 22, 2018
    Fuminori Nakamura is the Arch-Duke of Japanese noir fiction. He has written a number of dark, obsessive works that are quite terrific. ?Thief? especially stands out as a work that encapsulates isolation, distance, and feeling like an outsider. It?s poetic prose weaves a silky web...
  • Lia
    Jun 09, 2018
    Possibly the worst book I?ll read this year. The monologues are too long, the lectures boring, the attempt at explaining philosophy and physics extremely, irritatingly pretentious. As for the cult sex and gratuitous sadism/ violence ? I?m not against novels using these devices, o...
  • James Q. Golden
    Jun 06, 2018
    More than Fight Club Much, much, much more. ...
  • Supreeth
    Aug 16, 2018
    Philosophy, Transgression, Religion, Angst, Sex, and Nihilism, all blended together with a tinge of mystery and fiction, along with the Japanese flavor. This masterpiece of a book satisfied me in all levels, and trust me, there are so many levels. This is so typical Nakamura ? master...
  • Lark Benobi
    May 26, 2018
    Update 8/31/18 I suspect this novel (which I just upgraded from 1 to 3 stars, as part of my Cult-X rehab) is going to begin to grow on me, for the way it challenges all my assumptions about what fiction should and shouldn't be--in the same way that another shocker, Almanac of the De...
  • Tianna Moxley
    Apr 04, 2018
    The deep, dark depths of the human condition are explored at a remarkably dangerous scale in Fuminori Nakamura's latest novel, Cult X. What begins as a seemingly simple missing persons case turns into a wildly divergent journey that will have you critically thinking about your governme...
  • Theunis
    Apr 03, 2018
    Gave up after 100 pages. Boring. ...
  • 11811 (Eleven)
    Jul 14, 2018
    This is a heavily philosophical crime novel. More philosophy than crime. Not for everyone but I really dug it. 4.5 stars. ...