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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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I really enjoyed several of David Mitchell's other books, including Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks. This one, though, not so much. I had difficulty following the storyline. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Scott Johnson
David Mitchell is a master story teller who captures the reader with his wit and a remarkable ability craft a plot which continually stretches imagination. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Reber
Mitchell is not for everybody. I'm one of the nots. I read the first 100 pages and put it down. He writes the longest paragraphs I've ever seen. Never any rest for the weary.Published 2 months ago by Mark Bossingham
The title of my review comes from May Pang's commentary on the "Number 9 Dream" by John Lennon that lends Mitchell's book its title, but the description seems appropriate for... Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. E. Stevens
I love all things David Mitchell. His intricate story lines captivate the reader. I have never lost interest for a second when reading his books.Published 4 months ago by Bibliophile
Here is the general flow of these 401 pages:
"THIS happened! And then THIS happened! And then THIS HAPPENED! And then guess what? THIS happened! Read more
number9dream is David Mitchell's second book that regrettably it did not live up to the genius of his debut, Ghostwritten. The story had promise yet the execution was too flawed. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MSJ