Published by Vintage in 1991
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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK
This was a weird book, or I should say, I felt dragged into a very weird world. While he’s looking for unique insects, this guy ends up in a dune area where the sand is so powerful that houses are getting swallowed up. He’s taken down in the pit formed by sand movements as a hostage or a slave to help this woman survive and not be swallowed up by sand overnight.
The ambiance was weird, slow and threatening, and I could feel the sand all over me.
At a deeper level, it was an interesting reflection on procrastination, on life choices: why do you do what you do, what do you do when you feel stuck in a tough situation; if you have any chance to change your life, do you go for it, or do you remain in your miserable situation, saying that things can only get better anyway, and because you don’t have the guts to jump and you are afraid the unknown could be worse than what you go through.
Having myself made a major, no, 2 major jumps a few years ago, I actually found this book an interesting reflection on the theme, an the unique style is attractive.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT
One of the premier Japanese novels of the twentieth century, The Women in the Dunes combines the essence of myth, suspense, and the existential novel. In a remote seaside village, Niki Jumpei, a teacher and amateur entomologist, is held captive with a young woman at the bottom of a vast sand pit where, Sisyphus-like, they are pressed into shoveling off the ever-advancing sand dunes that threaten the village. [Goodreads]
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kōbō Abe, pseudonym of Kimifusa Abe, was a Japanese writer, playwright, photographer and inventor.
He was the son of a doctor and studied medicine at Tokyo University. He never practised however, giving it up to join a literary group that aimed to apply surrealist techniques to Marxist ideology.
His first novel The Road Sign at The End of The Street was published in 1948. [Goodreads]
HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK YET?
OR ANY OTHER BOOK BY KOBO ABE?
DO YOU FEEL LIKE READING THIS BOOK?
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I have read Woman of the Dunes-which I really liked-it is very much one of the big books of post wwii Japanse lit-I also read an even weirder book I liked a lot called Ark Surkara about a mentally unbalanced man building a concrete ark in Tokyo for the next great flood-I enjoyed reliving Woman in the Dunes a lot through your excellent post and totally endorse Ark Sukara as an even stranger book!
Thanks, I will add it to my list, as I will probably do the Japanese Literature Challenge again next year.
Recently Finished The Face of Another & have on my shelves The Box Man, by this writer bought on the strength of my love of the first one.
Thanks for these recommendations
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