The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe

This bizarre novel recounts the story of an entomologist who is held prisoner with a woman in a house at the base of a sand pit. You almost can feel the dry, abrasive atmosphere and experience the claustrophobia. However, the allegorical nature of this book kept me very aware I was reading. I didn’t get lost in the story.

Gwenamon says: Odd


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One Response to The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe

  1. Bennett says:

    I haven’t read “The Woman in the Dunes”, but your description made me think of “Three to See the King”, by bus driver-turned-novelist Magnus Mills. A man builds a house on a plain, meets some other strange characters, and eventually goes on a pilgrimage. Sparse and surreal, but quite compelling.

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