The Woman in the Dunes

The Woman in the Dunes


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The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679733782
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/1991
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 192,045
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)
Lexile: 850L (what's this?)

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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Woman in the Dunes 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
PghDragonMan on LibraryThing 6 days ago
Reading like a lyrical dream, this is like nothing else I've read, although in many ways, it is similar to some of Kafka's short stories. On the surface, the story centers around a Japanese entomologist walking along the beach when he falls in with a woman living in a pit in the sand dunes. While the plot sounds trite, there are many rich images here to keep you reading. If you read this at another level, there are allegorical stories waiting to be mined. The book is entertaining on all levels.Avoid this book if you want action filled pages and a story clearly laid out for you. If you are a fantasy fan, read this as an Earthbound fantasy and you will enjoy it. This is also a good introduction to oriental fiction for the occidental reader as the images used are fairly universal. If you are a fan of existential literature, this is sure to please.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would say a must read .. I think each reader will come away with their own unique psychological take
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