image Book Review #3: Beauty and Chaos: Slices and Morsels of Tokyo Life


Author: Michael Pronko

Genre: Travel,  Adult Non-fiction

Language: English

Publisher: Raked Gravel Press

Date of publication: April 15, 2015

No. of pages: 250


Ranked as the number 1 city of the world, Tokyo is a city that will always be fascinating for travelers and tourists; the quiet elegance and dignity of the nation with serene beauty forms quite a contradiction to the latest fashion fads and large, glowing advertisement boards. This is a brilliant book which takes the reader through a virtual journey. And, I think that is my favorite part of this book.

The book has been divided into 6 parts with 6-8 chapters in each section; each chapter has been given a captivating title which makes you want to read more and live the Tokyo life over and over again. Each chapter details out a small part from your daily life that people usually tend to overlook. They may seem like something odd to pick on, but somehow the author has managed to make a connection between the subject and the culture of the nation.

The language used in quite simple and yet descriptive enough to portray the image of Japanese way of life successfully and make the reading experience truly enjoyable. The cover image did come off a bit garish and loud before I requested for this book, however as you delve further into the book you are able to see the justification in using this certain image.

My opinion: I think I actually love this book. However, the book lacks a bit of visual impact which could have made it more delightful.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5



  1. You are an all-rounder! I used to think you read only chick-lit. Then you surprised me with Cleopatra and so on. Now this nonfiction 😀

    This review gives me an urge to read this book but if the image is the cover you are right in saying that it is a bit garish 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this review with us 🙂

    Love and light ❤

    Anand 🙂

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