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‘Roppongi’ explores the extreme lifestyles of foreign nightlife workers in Tokyo, and provides a visceral ‘contact high’ of lust and altered states via their copious drug and alcohol consumption … with the benefit of no hangover for the reader!
Zack, the main character in this riveting expose of Tokyo’s underbelly, is sharp, extreme, adaptable and gentle. However, as with Hesse’s ‘Siddhartha,’ he and others will suffer through some very damaging experiences, in this case, in Roppongi’s crude and shallow ‘reality’.
For me, this book is ultimately a spiritual journey, proving yet again that life is precious and that the rodents who would destroy it can be found anywhere. I would be very surprised if ‘Roppongi’ does not become a movie – this vividly told story is made for the big screen.