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砂の女 [Suna no Onna] Read Suna No Onna Author K B Abe This Beautiful Novel By One Of Japan S Most Important Writers Is Also One Of The Most Strangely Terrifying And Memorable Books You Ll Ever Read The Woman In The Dunes Is The Story Of An Amateur Entomologist Who Wanders Alone Into A Remote Seaside Village In Pursuit Of A Rare Beetle He Wants To Add To His Collection But The Townspeople Take Him Prisoner They Lower Him Into The Sand Pit Home Of A Young Widow, A Pariah In The Poor Community, Who The Villagers Have Condemned To A Life Of Shoveling Back The Ever Encroaching Dunes That Threaten To Bury The Town An Amazing Book.

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    Suna no onna sand woman The woman in the dunes, K b AbeThe Woman in the Dunes Suna no onna sand woman is a novel by the Japanese writer K b Abe, published in 1962 It won the 1962 Yomiuri Prize for literature, and an English translation and a film adaptation appeared in 1964.In 1955, Jumpei Niki, a school teacher from Tokyo, visits a fishing village to collect insects After missing the last bus, he is led, by the villagers, in an act of apparent hospitality, to a house in the dunes that can be reached only by rope ladder The next morning the ladder is gone and he finds he is expected to keep the house clear of sand with the woman living there, with whom he is also to produce children He eventually gives up trying to escape when he comes to realize returning to his...

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    This book is horrifically claustrophobic and eerie.How much of our lives consist of frantically trying to stay afloat Life can be as fruitless as a man trapped under sand dunes digging to liveor living to dig Do we work to live or live to work If you think being held hostage in sand is fantastical, what do you think your life is, anyway This book wears you down It gets into your skin, your hair, under your fingernails The sand is everywhere The wind, the salt air, their eyes always watching You never breathe in all the way You can t see the horizon through the grains scr...

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    This book tell the story of an entomologist that, in his search for a specific beetle, ends up trapped by local villagers in a huge sand hole with a woman, where he is forced to work gathering sand As time pass by, his emotions and sanity begin to get twisted In his struggle to escape both human and nature obstacles, he tries different strategies, and we are caught cheering for his success, but kind of knowing that his chances are minimal, which is a good distressing experience.This is truly timeless, global, layered story that everyone should read A man is trapped in a sand pit by villagers while he is out hunting for insects in the dunes He is forced to shovel sand out day after day, as he plots to escape and forms an odd relationship with the woman who shares the pit The role of the woman is intriguing She is a sex object, his rational conscience, an imagined foe, an eventual partner friend and at the same time, very one dimensional The sand, the insects even, are developed as characters than the woman is The real appeal of this novel is in the existentialist allegory It s life, as perceived by most humans at the various stages of maturity Anger, selfishness, rebellion Then, reason, planning, strategic alliances Lastly, acceptance, contentment, humanity At the end, as he is close to achieving his purported goal, he choos...

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    When we mix surrealistic Kafkaesque climate with existential questions about sense of human being then we get something like The woman in the dunes Tale about a man obsessed or maybe possessed with sand who during the trip to the sea is trapped in the dunes in a cave inhabited by a lonely woman Initially desperately tries to escape but the magnetic strength of the woman, her desperate fight with sand makes that what previously seemed to be a trap now becomes a sense of his life The first what comes to your mind is like hang on, I know that history It s like The Trial by Kafka The same anonymous hero, entangled in...

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    Had my arachnophobia been replaced by Ammophobia fear of sand there was a certain moment in K b Abe s 1962 existential fable my hands would have turned extra clammy and my thumping heart would have likely jumped out of my chest to find safety What an odd story this was It reads something like a Japanese Kafka, infused with a bit of Nietzsche, and topped off with a light dusting of Beckett Abe was generally known for work where plot and character are usually subservient to idea and symbol This makes The Woman in the Dunes something of an anomaly Its plot is somewhat devious, addictive yes, but rather straightforward, told in almost abstract, allegorical terms.A nameless man arrives in a remote area of sand dunes with the hope of finding a certain type of sand beetle As the day draws to a close, villagers offer him shelter in a ramshackle old house at the bottom of a funnel shaped pit of sand, where descent is only possible by a rope ladder The only inhabitant, a young woman, spends most of the time shovelling epic amounts of sand into buckets, which are then raised up the sand cliffs, and sold off to construction companies, apparently On awakening the first morning the man finds the ladder gone, and no other means to escape, with his attempts to climb out of the pit becoming futi...

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    K b Abe Image from This is a kafkaesque story of an entomologist who travels to a remote village in search of a new species of beetle It is he and not the bug who is captured The village is beset by relentless sand Their homes have already been buried so deep that it takes full time effort by residents to remove incoming sand from the holes in which their houses are now nearly buried to keep from being destroyed Jumpei is placed in the home of a widow to help her The story tells of his imprisonment and his attempts to escape There is much detail here about sand, but the true intent here is an examination of life What is existence What is the true role of man Do we control our fate If so, how much A bond grows between the man and woman, and becomes sexual Finally, he is faced with a choice, when freedom is offered, to st...

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    4.5 starsWithout the threat of punishment there is no joy in flight.In Kobo Abe s fantasy world of The Woman in the Dunes, an amateur entomologist on vacation finds himself in a remote coastal village built amid deeply undulating dunes There, he is tricked by a lonely widow and her neighboring villagers, trapped in deep pits shored by sand drift walls, to be charged with the task of shoveling back the ever sliding banks, persistent and never ending in its threat to entomb them Sand moves around like this all year long Its flow is its life It absolutely never stops anywhere Whether in water or air, it moves about free and unrestricted So, usually, ordinary living things are unable to endure life in it.The landscape of the dunes which Abe describes, of wood rotted boxed dwellings built at the bottom of shifting sand hills, could not realistically exist, marking the novel as a science fiction fantasy thriller In addition, its themes adopt surrealistic, dreamlike, metamorphosing features reminiscent of the works of Kafka, slowly shifting and deforming like the dunes themselves SandThings with form were empty when placed beside sand The only certain factor was its movement sand was the antithesis of all form.Abe s works are generically concerned with the human state of balance, whose fragility becomes evident in a life of pointlessness and insufferable futility In The Woman in ...

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