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 Narazakis girlfriend, Ryoko, disappears, he tries to track her down, despite the warnings of a private detective hes hired to find her. Ryokos past is shrouded in mystery, but the one concrete clue to her whereabouts is a previous address where she lived: in a compound in the heart of Tokyo, with a group that seems to be a cult led by a charismatic guru with a revisionist Buddhist scheme of life, death, and society. Narazaki plunges into the secretive world of the cult, ready to expose himself to any of the gurus brainwashing tactics if it means he can learn the truth about Ryoko. But the cult isnt what he expected, and he has no idea of the bubbling violence beneath its surface.Inspired by the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway, Cult X is an exploration of what draws individuals into extremism. This multi-faceted novel is nothing less than a tour de force, capturing the connections between astrophysics, neuroscience, and religion. It is an invective against predatory corporate consumerism and exploitative geopolitics, and it is a love story about compassion in the face of nihilism....
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Cult X Reviews
The plot was needlessly complicated and difficult to follow. I kept waiting for it to get better but it did not.
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 does clear everything up and rounds out the story well. The book jacket says “Inspired by the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway, Cult X is an explorations of what draw’s individuals into extremism. This mu ...more
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.
The key word is patience with this novel; my own was sorely tested more than once but in the long run, once you get what's going on underneath all of the action here, it's definitely worth the read. I'm going to just spit this out -- I've enjoyed other books by this author much more than I did this one; for exam ...more
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 to be Japanese to appreciate the book. Or, if you're looking for something way off the beaten track....