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The novel is cartoonish in that Eiji has a vivid and violent imagination that fills the book with daydreams. When not chain-smoking, forlorn Eiji wanders the city following vague or cryptic leads that invariably dead-end or land him back among yakuza. Mitchell (author of the critically acclaimed Ghostwritten) has a smart, eclectic writing style that seems foreign, and the novel is well paced, but the yakuza encounters are too cinematic, complete with unusual torture and pyrotechnics. Moreover, in addition to Eiji's daydreams, the last half of the book contains excerpts from the diaries of his great uncle's World War II naval heroics and bizarre short stories that Eiji reads while hiding--the latter of which make for tedious reading.
Number9Dream is crafted from too many disparate components; it does not seem to be a full expression, but an overly crowded one. Readers will sympathize with Eiji and his search, but in the end will wonder what effect, if any, all the extraneous forces had on him. The book provides many fun moments, but ultimately it doesn't really add up to the sum of its parts. --Michael Ferch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This was the one Mitchell book I hadn't read--and ordered it to pass time while waiting for his new one. I'm glad I did--this is really one his best, which is saying a lot!Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have a couple of favorite books, based on the combination of an engaging story and wonderful writing. The first two are The Prince of Tides and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Bill M.
Provided as a gift to an avid and critical reader, the book was devoured in days with satisfaction. One amazing item within the book that the reader loved was a short called... Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Martin Centner
Not bad, I would recommend borrowing over buying. Too many weird turns (Goatwriter ? ).and annoying twist/deceptions in story-line
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This is my fourth David Mitchell novel, and by now, the pattern's familiar. I enjoy once again Mitchell's fidelity to a young narrator's voice. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John L Murphy
loved the book, very interesting use of language and extremely engaging, only part I wasn't sold on was the ending!!! Definitely recommendPublished 4 months ago by Caitlin Elizabeth Jackson
When I began reading this book, I wasn't too fond of it. My introduction to David Mitchell was through his novel Black Swan Green, and I was expecting something similar to that. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Venn Buckelew
David Mitchell is a wonderful writer. Like many other authors, I admire him and endeavour to learn from him. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marius Gabriel