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Boku thirty years old is in many respects an average middle-class citizen who free from excessive financial worries enjoys the kind of independence his status bestows A product of 1960s he takes endless pleasure in smoking drinking and eating in bars cafes and restaurants He dresses with casual chic and frequents the movies regularly His tastes in music and reading materials though predominantly popular are disarmingly eclectic - from the Beatles to Mozart from Sherlock Holmes to Nietzsche - in the postmodern way of leveling elitepopular boundaries Boku is far from gregarious yet by no means a true loner he is by all counts a likable easygoing fellow devoid of malice and an overbearing aggressiveness Indeed endowed with a sense of humor and self-irony he is engaging in his displays of sensitivity and tenderness possesses a wry and ready wit and evinces a bemused air Significantly however Boku is a member of the advertising world that symbol of media-dominated and consumer-orientated contemporary Japanese culture which is revealed to be under the thumb of the right-wing leader by virtue of his financial holdings it is this man who indirectly draws Boku into the maelstrom of the sheep chase and robs him of his independence No wonder then that there is no core only vacuity to Bokus being He is literally without a past or a future for that matter Victims of erasure neither his family nor his divorced wife for instance impinge much on his consciousness Paradoxically he is often filled with a sense of loss though the content of that loss is not clearly spelled out There are at most references to the style and climate of the 1960s a past that Boku tends to estheticize into an indulgent wistful nostalgia The thinness of Bokus identity is exposed by the absence of self-examination and in his relations with other people If as Jean-Paul Sartre claims true identity is forged
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