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by E. Dale Saunders, Kōbō Abe
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konstantinapapazoglou
konstantinapapazoglou rated it 3 years ago
Niki Jumpei is a teacher, but his true passion is entomology. His biggest dream is to discover a new type of insect and have his name written in the encyclopedias of that science. After thorough study he has decided that his luck will be in the desert, in the sand it's very possible that a beetle wo...
Nicole~
Nicole~ rated it 3 years ago
Without the threat of punishment there is no joy in flight. In Kobo Abe's fantasy world of The Woman in the Dunes, an amateur entomologist on vacation finds himself in a remote coastal village built amid deeply undulating dunes. There, he is tricked by a lonely widow and her neighboring villagers,...
nouveau
nouveau rated it 5 years ago
kAFKA-esque allegory; man is trapped in a sand pit of seeming endlessness...subject to numerous readings, many of which seem either stupid or absurd.but then the book is absurd.a good read!
Amadan na Briona
Amadan na Briona rated it 6 years ago
Since I started reading both more avidly and more widely several years ago, I've spent more time analyzing different genres, different kinds of authors, and different kinds of literature. In Jane Smiley's 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel, she makes a number of observations about how classic French no...
Lotus wild over sakura
Lotus wild over sakura rated it 8 years ago
While reading this book my thoughts were constantly racing towards Camus’s ‘The Myth of Sisyphus” "From the moment absurdity is recognized, it becomes a passion, the most harrowing of all."Premises of hope, alienation and irrationality reeking from every printed word induced me into inferring Kobo A...
Lavinia
Lavinia rated it 8 years ago
I don’t remember how I first came to read this book a few years ago, since I’m neither into Japanese authors nor into Existentialism. Anyway, being an e-book, I dropped it almost immediately, but (again, I don’t remember how) I ended up watching the film, about 3 years ago. And boy was it rewarding!...
willemite
willemite rated it 13 years ago
This is a kafkaesque story of an entomologist who travels to a remote village in search of a new species of beetle. It is he and not the bug who is captured. The village is beset by relentless sand. Their homes have already been buried so deep that it takes full time effort by residents to remove in...
Marvin's Bookish Blog
Marvin's Bookish Blog rated it 45 years ago
One of the great existential novels of all time. The simple but disturbing plot keep you mesmerized. It is sort of a Japanese No Exit.
EricCWelch
EricCWelch rated it 52 years ago
Read this in college. Just blew me away.
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