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The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe
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Dec 03, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: dystopian

The Woman in the Dunes seems like the kind of novel better read in a class or with a group than alone. I kept thinking, "if I had time to study this, I could probably find a million parallels, metaphors for life, and miscellaneous meanings. The main character, whom I found unlikable, goes through some amazing changes, changes I could relate to, in the face of what is essentially a horrifying imprisonment. I read most of the book in one day. Had I not done so (despite my wish to study it), I may never have finished. The overall tone is bleak and depressing. At its heart, I'd have to say that this is a dystopian novel, making it the second one I've run across this year. My impulse while reading about this world was to turn away, to not learn anymore about it. And this should come as no surprise, but that is not my favorite reaction to have to a book.

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Reading Progress

December 2, 2011 – Started Reading
December 3, 2011 – Shelved
December 8, 2011 –
page 180
December 8, 2011 – Finished Reading
December 9, 2011 – Shelved as: dystopian

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