It is said, when this novel was published, it strongly attracted attention. In spite of its unpopularity now, it is still sometimes mentioned as one of postmodern novels in books referring to contemporary literary history in Japan. It’s easy to know how ground-breaking its attempt was as soon as you turn the page.
At first, there is text on the right page, a vast numbers of footnotes on the left page. These footnotes are so humorous that readers should have fun only to read them.
Tennis circle: different from Yuri, students in an “A-class” women’s college, who couldn’t enrol in a coed college, seemingly play tennis with students in a “famous” college in a lovely tennis circle. Firstly as a virgin, afterwards as a prostitute, they have a close relationship.
University, girls might get crazy about: it is definitely located in Minato-ku.
Bell Commons: a fashion building by the intersection in Aoyama sanchome. It is attractive to freshmen as if it had several sophisticated boutiques.
Besides there are the footnotes on shops, lands, and fashion brands. Almost everything like school, clothes and places becomes a sort of brands whose name have a distinctive value. Not only such things, but also “University, girls might get crazy about,” become signs as these are picked up as a footnote. A pile of footnotes on the left page enables us to tell that a vast number of signs are surrounding us.
It is certainly possible to see that signs form our life as dots form a line. And signs we know must be only one per cent of a whole.