Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Written for the Road...

by Ray Loriga is a wild novel set in the near future, following a salesman of mind-erasing drugs who has a hankering for sampling every mind-altering concoction on the market, including his own goods. As the story moves forward, the narrarator's memory begins to fade and the story turns into a stew of images from the past, while in the present, the narrator attempts to figure out who he is. All the while, the readers get his important recollections from Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, and a trailer park in Arizona. The amnesic device Loriga uses is simply brilliant and will have you turning pages until the very end. If you like the stories behind the films Momento and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, then you will definitely love Tokyo Doesn't Love Us Anymore. The books' cover has a review that reads "EVERY PAGE OOZES GENIUS." I believe that sums it up.

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