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Points and Lines
Basis of Japanese Crime Stories, by Matsumoto Seicho
Date:24, Jul, 2013
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Points and Lines is Matsumoto Seicho's first crime novel written in 1958, and we can consider that has become a seed of Japanese mystery stories.


Points and Lines
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Everywhere, West and East, we find wonderful detectives are at the center of the marvelous crime novels for several reasons. Really, many must have chosen the mystery story to read from its detective and so we can say the way is very right.

A Japanese novelist; Matsumoto Seicho has written Points and Lines and it has easily stepped out from the correct course. The case is being at the center and the tale goes on. Although it might be so paradoxical, his way let bright human dramas lie amongst the fictional facts and we get to read subtle psychological description. Finally, the crime novel could be a rare instance of crime stories.

Lately, everything has gone rapidly‐advancing since we have always been surrounded by a large amount of information and developments. Only five years ago becomes so long ago, we have to feel. Points and Lines shows us the old world which has no Shinkansen trains opened to traffic. Regrettably, it is opaque how many people this old novel can take into the world.

So is it vain to read that? Do we have the mystery as only a junk? Of course, I say no. Reading will lead the answer. It is exactly a basis of Japanese crime stories. We would find the bulb of recent mysteries. Exceedingly, the value must be close to Hitchcock's films like Psycho.

He named it Points and Lines. All cases and characters are just points. Just as a reader gets lines to connect the points together, the story nature can spread interminably and we get to notice the subtle world. You may guess it is fundamental and that is alright. No stream of time kicks off the quality and the priority as the standard. The basis of Japanese crime stories is here with Points and Lines.


about Points and Lines

・Written by Matsumoto Seicho
・Published by Kobunsha Co., Ltd. (1958)






 

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