犬神家の一族(金田一耕助 Reading Club)

Welcome to the 犬神家の一族 Reading Thread!

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This book is part of the 金田一耕助 reading club. The title story is (chronologically) the sixth novel-length story, but can be read as a stand-alone.

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We will start reading on February 13.
There will be no weekly threads, all discussion will be had in this thread.

Reading Schedule

Week Start Date Chapter Page Count
1 Feb 13 Prologue + Chapter 1 50
2 Feb 20 Chapter 2 53
3 Feb 27 Chapter 3 42
4 Mar 6 Chapter 4 38
5 Mar 13 Chapter 5 38
6 Mar 20 Chapter 6 37
7 Mar 27 Chapter 7 54
8 Apr 3 Chapter 8 61
9 Apr 10 Chapter 9 + Ending 36

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How fast do we want to read this? Here’s the table of contents:

Prologue: p5 – 10 pages
Chapter 1: p15 – 40 pages
Chapter 2: p55 – 53 pages
Chapter 3: p108 – 42 pages
Chapter 4: p150 – 38 pages
Chapter 5: p188 – 38 pages
Chapter 6: p226 – 37 pages
Chapter 7: p263 – 54 pages
Chapter 8: p317 – 61 pages
Chapter 9: p378 – 29 pages
Ending: p407 – 7 pages
(book ends p414, no afterword)

If 40-50 pages a week is OK we could roll the prologue and chapter 1 into one week, and chapter 9 and the ending into one week, and otherwise do a chapter a week ? Or I can look for split points, eg in chapter 8 which is the longest.

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… there’s no notification for edits. :man_facepalming:

Anyway, thank you!

Combining the prologue and ch1 as well as ch9 and the ending sounds good to me.

We’ve had crazy long chapters before, and this time there’s a lot of shorter weeks as well, so I don’t think it’ll be necessary to further split even chapter 8… That said, if anyone would like to do that, I’m certainly not against it!

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Sounds good to me

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I agree. That will make for a nine week schedule, with the last week being the week of April 10th.

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By the way, you missed something :slight_smile:

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I have not forgotten this starts today. :eyes:

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I’ve been enjoying taking notes on books with complicated setups lately, to the point that I’d give it a shot on the next suitable book I read in English. It’s just fun to keep track of the information provided and know that you’ve got it in your back pocket if you need it or don’t pick the book back up again until later than you were expecting.

Prologue Notes


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I absolutely had though, so thanks for the reminder!

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Youtube has the appropriate soundtrack to read along to:

Prologue thoughts:

I do like a good deathbed scene. I wonder if the story is going to play out before the will is read, or after? That “in a year, if the guy doesn’t get back from Burma” is a good long time to leave everybody stewing…

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I think the author has started a paragraph with それはさておき seven times in the first 35 pages…

Also I did not know that 溺れる has a wider meaning than English ‘to drown’, encompassing also struggling in the water but surviving.

EDIT to add Chapter 1 thoughts since the forum doesn’t allow four consecutive posts:

Yokomizo clearly liked that “killer puts a single poisoned item into a boxful of things” trick from 8 Graves, because he’s recycled it here.

Overall I liked this chapter as an opening to the book – it’s set up the scenario, we had a bit of action with the boat scene, one murder already, and soon we’ll get to find out exactly what kind of daft scheme the old man put into his will…

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I did :sweat_smile: (Started now, though) Kind of interesting how half the names don’t have kana

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I wonder if maybe that’s an edition difference? In my notes for the (whole) prologue I believe I put the kana for all the characters that got furigana on my first usage in my edition, and only those characters, and it seems like that was most of them. so it’d be interesting if yours was missing some of them. (my edition is the physical one with the bland big kanji cover)

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Speaking of name furigana, I think you might have misread the lawyer’s name – I think it’s ふるだて・きょうぞう.

My copy (paperback with the weird sillhouettes of objects) seems to generally be doing furigana-on-first-use for names as well.

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Good catch, thanks! Looks like I dropped the だ when transcribing the furigana and didn’t catch it at the time.

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Chapter 1 Notes

I’m enjoying it! There’s a couple aesthetic elements (not related to the details of the mystery) about this book that I’ve absorbed from things like movie posters and references and so far they haven’t shown up directly but I’m enjoying an odd kind of foreshadowing. :sweat_smile: I expect they’ll make me excitedly go “出た!”

I’m curious to read more since it sounds like we’re going to hear the details of the will. I wonder if there’s more strange murder-inducing clauses in there… it seems like it would be too straightforward if it all goes to Tamayo when uh, the sisters seem more set up for a sequence of murders…

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Chapter two thoughts:

Yokomizo is really hamming up how awful, terrible, horrible this will is, but it worked for me – it felt like a suspenseful chapter despite it basically being the reading of a will and some other background info. The conditions set up some convoluted incentives for everybody.

The masked guy is super-suspicious; my theory is he’s actually the mysterious Shizuma. (Didn’t Yokomizo do “somebody comes back from the war but is unrecognizeable” in another book too?)

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I missed the start of this… :persevere:

Actually I got overwhelmed reading four books at a time, which made February my least productive reading month in recent memory. I think I need to focus on finishing one or two of my other books first to get my motivation level back up. Maybe I’ll try to catch up at some point if I get a chance though.

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Took me a bit to get rolling but I finished the Prologue and Chapter 1. I like it so far. It looks like Kindaichi will actually have an active role this time around :slight_smile:.

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Yeah, the book is kinda weird/interesting so far, it’s extraordinarily tropey, but it’s addressing them head-on rather than acting coy. Specifically, immediately suspecting Tamayo of faking the attacks on herself and theorizing that Saruzou is Shizuma. Those seem like the most reasonable options, but since they’ve been brought up they can’t be right, right…? Anyway, comparing Sukekiyo’s handprint obviously can’t go smoothly. The possibility of Shizuma being Sukekiyo might come up when they explore that…

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