The Ark Sakura

The Ark Sakura

by Kobo Abe
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The Ark Sakura 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
CR-Buell More than 1 year ago
The Ark Sakura is a wonderfully bizarre novel. Mole (AKA Pig) lives in the vast underground maze of an abandoned mine, which he likens to a ship. There he has made preparations to survive a nuclear holocaust. But every ship needs a crew, so periodically Mole goes out to identify and recruit those he deems worthy of boarding his Ark. Very few are, and in fact our story begins right about the time Mole, on the spur of the moment, finally hands out his first boarding pass. This to an insect dealer, or more accurately to a con man selling fake insects. Trouble is the con's two shills have managed to make off with another boarding pass (key and map). Mole and the insect dealer race back to the Ark hoping to beat the shills there, but failing. What follows is an amazing and surreal story. As the men engage in a power struggle, for which the prize seems to be the female shill; as the female shill struggles to play one against the other in order to keep herself from becoming a prize; as new characters are introduced, and histories revealed Abe's theme becomes clearer. These disparate characters, all with their own histories, their own reasons, share one thing; they all belong to the fringes of society. The Ark Sakura is a novel about alienation, and above all the deep, all consuming nature of loneliness.
xMissMelaniex More than 1 year ago
I read the entire book thinking maybe it was like one of those illusive movies where it all makes sense in the end. I couldn't make heads nor tails of it. I'm still completely baffled.