August 2013 - Paprika by Yasutaka Tsutsui

From Amazon:

Paprika - exotic, piquant, to be used sparingly. The eponymous heroine of Tsutsui's novel is the alter ego of brilliant and beautiful psychotherapist Atsuko Chiba, one of the leading brains in the Institute for Psychiatric Research. An expert in the use of 'psychotherapy devices' that trap a patient's dreams and display them on a monitor, Atsuko is able to manipulate those dreams, even enter them, as an aid to psychoanalysis. When treating private patients, Atsuko transforms herself into the guise of Paprika - a captivating girl of unknown age - to mask her true identity.As Paprika delves ever deeper into her realm of fantasy, the borderline between dream and reality becomes increasingly blurred. All the more so when a colleague at the Institute develops a new device that allows the dreams of several individuals to be combined simultaneously. With this, they enter dangerous territory - far from curing their patients, they could drive them insane. Rich in humorous dialogue and ridiculous situations, replete with the folly of human desires, yet with an underlying sense of menace that 'all is not what it seems', Paprika could be described as the very pinnacle of Tsutsui's art.

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  • Zhiyong T.

    Thank you for the discussion and chat. Look forward to the next meetup.

    August 27, 2013

  • Janine

    Stuck at work. :( have fun!

    August 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not feeling very well so I don't think I'll make it in tonight :/ loved the book though

    August 27, 2013

  • Zhiyong T.

    How is parking at the place?

    August 26, 2013

    • Sarah

      There are a whole bunch of city-owned parking lots and garages in downtown Palo Alto where you can park for free. Here's a handy map: http://www.cityofpalo...­ There is a complicated-seeming system of color zones but you shouldn't have to worry about it because the time limits don't apply after 5 pm, so you can park in one place as long as you like. Sometimes the area gets busy and you might have to try more than one lot or garage, but I've always been able to find a spot eventually.

      August 27, 2013

  • Sabrina

    Sorry! I can't make it.

    August 26, 2013

  • Angeliki M.

    Hi everyone! I just found out about this meet up and am looking forward to meeting you, although I have not read the book yet. I hope that you will excuse me for that :)

    August 25, 2013

    • Neil Da C.

      Don't worry, no one else does either.

      1 · August 25, 2013

  • Marley

    Hello! I'm brand new and super excited to meet you all! I've been admiring this group since I first moved back to the Bay Area, but have been working Tuesday evenings.......but I'm fairly certain, fairly certain, fingers crossed, that my work schedule is about to change I'll finally be able to make this work! (Once I know for fact, I'll officially RSVP for the event.) Meanwhile, I'm having a tricky time finding a library copy of the book... I've seen the movie (and, gosh, as someone who sees movies pretty much never, how often do I get to say THAT?), but the book's being a hard acquisition. Any leads?

    August 12, 2013

    • Sarah

      I was able to request a copy through Link+, and it looks like there are still several copies available out there:­ Most Bay Area public and university libraries are members, and you can request the book to be delivered right to your local branch!

      August 14, 2013

    • Marley

      Splendid! I just did! Thank you ^.^

      August 14, 2013

  • Gina

    Need to go to a work event now ;_; Really excited to read Papirika though, and hopefully I can catch the Sept. meeting!

    August 7, 2013

  • Dane O.

    Not particularly related to this meetup, but I wanted to let you all know about this free download. ( If you miss out on it or just really don't want to register, I downloaded the PDF and the amazon kindle versions and will happily pass them out to anyone who wants it.

    August 3, 2013

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