The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe

The Woman in the Dunes

byKobo Abe

Kobo ebook | December 14, 2011

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The Woman in the Dunes, by celebrated writer and thinker Kobo Abe, combines the essence of myth, suspense and the existential novel.
 
After missing the last bus home following a day trip to the seashore, an amateur entomologist is offered lodging for the night at the bottom of a vast sand pit. But when he attempts to leave the next morning, he quickly discovers that the locals have other plans. Held captive with seemingly no chance of escape, he is tasked with shoveling back the ever-advancing sand dunes that threaten to destroy the village. His only companion is an odd young woman. Together their fates become intertwined as they work side by side at this Sisyphean task.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Kobo Abe is the pseudonym of Kimifusa Abe, who was born in Tokyo, Japan on March 7 1924. He was brought up in Manchuria where he lived with his father, a doctor of the hosipital attached to the Imperial Medical Colledge of Manchuria. In elementary school, he was educated in the experimental way, in which a teacher trained children to d...
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Title:The Woman in the DunesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 14, 2011Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307813738

ISBN - 13:9780307813732

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite novels A friend lent me this novel because they thought I might like it. I wasn't really looking forward to it, this friend has also lent me The Postman, which I hated. However, it wasn't long after I started reading it I was completely taken with it. Everything works in tandem; the story, the metaphors, the characters and the stakes. I breezed through the book in no time, then went out and bought my own copy along with Abe's Face of Another. Just a brilliant writer.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Odd. This bizarre novel recounts the story of an entomologist who is held prisoner with a woman in a house at the base of a sand pit. You almost can feel the dry, abrasive atmosphere and experience the claustrophobia. However, the allegorical nature of this book kept me very aware I was reading. I didn’t get lost in the story.
Date published: 2014-11-01