Cult X by Fuminori Nakamura

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 to her whereabouts is a previous address where she lived: in a compo...

Details Cult X

TitleCult X
Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherSoho Crime
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Cultural, Japan, Crime

Reviews Cult X

  • Dave
    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 around the readers, drawing them in. “Cult X” is Nakamura’s latest work, a kind of magnum opus focusing not just on cults, but showing how it feels to be ens...
  • Akylina
    Seems like 2018 is the year of long, complicated and difficult-to-review books.Full review to come soon.
  • James Q. Golden
    More than Fight ClubMuch, much, much more.
  • Lizy
    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 re-read every year. I could see it having a cult following (no pun intended).4. I impulse bought all of Fuminori's other novels after 150 pages of this book. 5. There's a lot...
  • Tianna Moxley
    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 government, your society, and your own motivations by the time you put the novel down. With deceptions so real they have even you fooled and characters whose true nature is...
  • Don Hackett
    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, manipulative leader who plots a terrorist attack. It has parallels with Dostoyevsky--not Crime and Punishment but the foundational noir The Brothers Karamazov. In a centra...
  • Gloria Feit
    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 violence to religion, astrophysics and neuroscience.This gives the author the opportunity to write about all kinds of subjects, with long discourses ranging from good...
  • Theunis
    Gave up after 100 pages. Boring.
  • Lia
    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, or even centering around these themes, but it’s so poorly delivered it reads like failed attempts to be shocking and edgy. Everybody with a subjective dimension se...
  • Christie
    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 myself enjoying. I liked the overall ideas within/behind the plot (the psychology of trauma and societal alienation, cults and brainwashing, governmental/corporate/...
  • Annie
    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 suck people in for various reasons and followers stay even if it all goes wrong. What leads people to do that? Cult X does answer that question, as well as tries to ...
  • Sherwestonstec
    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 exploration...
  • Al
    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....
  • Angie Boyter
    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:
  • Randi Kennedy
    The plot was needlessly complicated and difficult to follow. I kept waiting for it to get better but it did not.
  • Elizabeth
    This book reminds me of Haruki Murakami's style. It's very strange but written in a straightforward manner. It's odd but so interesting so far.It's mainly a philosophy and psychology book that makes you think. There is a "plot," but it is secondary.
  • Paul
    What starts as a man's search for his girlfriend who he believes has been lost to a cult, quickly becomes a exploration of how these "religions" are started. He finds that there opposing groups that each have separate purposes. The reader is taken on the journey deeper into the worlds of the cults as the main character tries to find his friend. Nakamura tells this story through a 3rd person narrator, transcripts of the lectures from one of the gu...