“The Woman in the Dunes” by Kobo Abe

The Woman in the Dunes

The Woman in the Dunes

This is a Kafkaesque nightmare in the style of “Metamorphosis“. An insect collector goes to a strange seashore village in search of beetles. At night he seeks shelter and is given accommodation with a woman whose house is surrounded by large sand cliffs. In the morning he finds the rope ladder he descended on has been taken away, the villagers wish to keep him trapped like a slave shovelling interminable sand. The woman’s house acts as a bulwark for the village against the threat of the encroaching sand dunes. We learn a lot about the properties of sand, a grain averaging 1/8 mm in thickness. This is one of those books, which will stay in my mind a long time, it is quite a haunting scenario. If you read this you will never look at sand in the same way again.

My rating : 4 out of 5

About jimholroyd365

Hi, my name is Jim, I am an Englishman living in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. I started this blog to share my interests, my photos and to make sense of my world. I take a lot of photographs of various subjects, some of which I intend to share here. I collect diecast cars and get the same thrill at 50 as I did when I was 8, when I find a car I'm searching for, Don't worry, I have a separate blog for this hobby. Please feel free to comment and ask questions on what I blog. I am quite new to this blogging, I was inspired by reading a book, which began as a blog of a London Ambulance Driver: "Blood, Sweat and Tea". I hope my blog will be entertaining and amusing, I did try stand up comedy in the UK and had seven gigs before I left to teach English in Georgia. I love reading and so the blog will include book reviews of books as I finish them.I don't know about which direction this blog will go, I am a great believer in serendipity...let the journey begin...
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