Kangaroo Notebook

Kangaroo Notebook

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ISBN-13: 9780679746638
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/29/1997
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Kobo Abe was born in Tokyo in 1924 and grew up in Mukden, Manchuria, during World War II. In 1948 he received a medical degree from Tokyo Imperial University, but he never practiced medicine. Considered one of Japan’s foremost novelists, his most famous works include The Face of Another (1964), The Box Man (1973), Secret Rendezvous (1977), and The Ark Sakura (1984). All of Abe’s books have been bestsellers in Japan and he was the recipient of numerous literary awards and prizes, including the Yomiuri Prize for The Woman in the Dunes in 1962. He collaborated with director Hiroshi Teshigahara on film adaptations of four of his novels—including The Woman in the Dunes—and was also widely known as a dramatist. He died in 1993.

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Kangaroo Notebook 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
leahdawn on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Weird weird weird weird. But great. A totally confusing but refreshing read, in true magical realist style.
kidzdoc on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This novel was more strange than surreal, yet somehow readable. I think I would have to take a hallucinogenic drug to come close to understanding it, though. The main character is a Japanese man who wakes up to find that radish plants are growing out of pores on both of his legs (fortunately the plants are tasty, so he is able to snack on them at times). He undertakes an increasingly bizarre journey to seek a cure for his malady, occasionally aided and accompanied by an attractive nurse who collects blood from anyone she can, in her quest to win the Dracula's Daughter award. He encounters singing child-demons, strange fellow patients, and a motorized bed which transports him throughout the story and responds to thought commands. It was completely nonsensical and mildly humorous, but I can't say that I enjoyed it.
Mariamosis More than 1 year ago
I had previously read Kobo Abe's "The Box Man" and thought I would give "The Kangaroo Notebook" a shot. I enjoyed the book and found it to be a nice change from Jules Verne's "20000 Leagues Under the Sea" (although squid still seemed to be an ongoing topic) This book is absurdly surreal and at times difficult to follow, but overall it is well worth the effort. The story can be perceived in many ways, however, I viewed the narrative to be an allegorical reference to the medical field and the estrangement of the incurable patient.