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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.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I recently discovered David Mitchell. I first read Cloud Atlas which I enjoyed, and then read Number 9Dream, which is somewhat different, but just as intriguing. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Elizabeth G. Flynn
OK, so I was slow to relate the book to the song. John Lennon without the Beatles was only John Lennon. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Frenchlaw
I didn’t really enjoy number9dream. I absolutely loved Mitchell’s novels, Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks so decided to read all of his books. number9dream didn’t work for me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pamela Scott
Beautiful read. I love David Mitchell and this one is an early gem of his.Published 1 month ago by Deanna
Found it hard to keep reading. Other David Mitchell Books (Cloud Atlas and Bone Clocks) have held me spell-bound but this was not a compelling read for me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by technocynic
I just can't get enough of David Mitchell. This book is an obvious homage to Harukai Murakami, complete with cats, music, and magical realism. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Saralinda
What I'd share with possible readers who have not read Mitchell previously (which is how I'd describe myself when I decided to read this book) is that the lasting impression I got... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. K. Hackworth
I haven't read all of the "Masters," but I've read quite a few of them (Kafka, Hemingway, Conrad, etc.), and David Mitchell is my favorite of all of them.Published 2 months ago by Robert Burns
If you've read David's work you'll like this. I Started his books with Cloud Atlas, it was good book to discover his style. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Red Merle