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Falling From the Floating World

Falling From the Floating World

Why a Booktrail?

2000s: A man goes to Japan hoping to start afresh…

  • ISBN: 978-1783526314
  • Genre: Fiction

What you need to know before your trail

When Ray is sacked from his job in London, he goes to Japan hoping to start his life afresh. Things begin well: he lands work as an English teacher and strikes up a relationship with the beautiful, intriguing Tomoe. But his world is turned upside down when Tomoe s father is found dead. Convinced that his death was a murder, Tomoe sets out after the killers, and when she goes missing Ray is forced to act. In his quest to find her he s dragged into the floating world a place of corrupt politicians, yakuza, sumo wrestlers and call-girls living out an adventure that echoes his dreams of Tokyo s feudal past. It s a search guaranteed to bring further loss of life, and Ray is pulled into a desperate chase to ensure it won t be his.

Travel Guide

Booktrail it now to The Floating worlds of Japan

 The Floating world

The floating world of the title is the reference to ‘entertainment world of gangsters, brothels and entertainment of all dubious kinds.

This is a visit, a tour, an immersion into Japan’s dark underbelly. Gangsters and the underbelly really make this an experience where violence is the key.  The Yakuza are notorious for violence and torture and it’s an experience even to meet them in the pages of a novel.

Art world

At the start of each chapter of the book, there are images, from museums, galleries and printmakers which depict elegant Japanese art works and really help to place and ground this novel in the culture and language of the country.

BookTrail Boarding Pass: Falling from the Floating World

Destination:   Japan  Author/guide: Nick Hurst    Departure Time: 2000s

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