砂の女 Suna no Onna (E–pub Download) ´ Kōbō Abe
Lly wasn t much better than the world is now trapped in he must forever shovel sand to keep it from burying where he must forever shovel sand to keep it from burying widow s hovel This metaphor seemed one of the obvious ones in the novel but I m sure there were many others I missed and like the other Japanese novels I ve read I have the feeling that much imagery and symbolism is lost in translationI can t really say how I felt about this book other than that it was an interesting reading experience and the story is definitely haunting and weird and memorable like a slightly surreal movie I definitely recommend it for anyone who is interested in sampling Japanese literatureOh but speaking of surreal come on all your Goodreaders who labeled this magical realism Kobo Abe is not Haruki Murakami There are no talking cats or parallel worlds in this book Okay yes parts of it are a little strange "but there is nothing that is strictly speaking fantastical about it It "there is nothing that is strictly speaking fantastical about it It not magical realism ust because it s written in Spanish or Japanese folks 45 starsWithout the threat of punishment there is no The Iron Dream joy in flightIn 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its threat to entomb them Sand moves around like this all year long Its flow is its life It abso Had my arachnophobia been replaced by Ammophobia fear of sand there was a certain moment in K b Abe s 1962 existential fable my hands would have turned extra clammy and my thumping heart would have likelyumped 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 termsA 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 futile For the most part he is filled with both anger and fear His world is now a prison not of brick walls cells or barbed wire fences but of sand A strange relationship then develops between the man and woman with an underlying weird sort of sexual tension going on Ultimately when the two aren t stuck in the house together the novel pits the man s strong will to escape this sun baked landscape of sand against the villagers who do what it takes to keep him down there which does lead to some compelling reading One thing that struck me is that most of the story happens either inside or right outside the woman s abode like it could have been engineered for the stage On the down side for me though it did feel like a really good novella dragged out into a novel Some of the narrative felt unnecessary and I liked it s stripped down nature before it started to get too metaphysical for its own good 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 go Suna No Onna Sand Woman The Woman in the Dunes K b AbeThe Woman in the Dunes 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 1964In 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 old life would give him no liberty After seven years he is proclaimed officially dead 2005 1383 236 9789644482229 20 19061399. H shoveling back the ever advancing sand dunes that threaten to destroy the village His only companion is an odd young woman and together their fates become intertwined as they work side by side through this Sisyphean of tasks.
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All Time One Of Thetime One of the film adaptations of a book as well done by Hiroshi Teshigahara in collaboration with Abe Both are eually mesmericKobo Abe s well honed surreal worlds became etched permanently in my mind and this novel than his others Even after reading some of his less intense and less masterful novels I still retained a deep appreciation for his bizarre aesthetic You will discover a similar texture and attitude as in Poe or Baudelaire Though he is not often discussed in the same circles as Kenzaburo Oe or Haruki Murakami his influence has become far reaching and is singular in its approachThis is Abe s "Finest Work In My Opinion "work in my opinion surpassing Box Man Ruined Map Ark Sakura and Kangaroo Notebook However almost everything he Man Ruined Map Ark Sakura and Kangaroo Notebook However almost everything he affected me in one way or another This could have been because I read most of his oeuvre in college impressionable as I wasIt wasn t until I also read uicksand by Tanizaki that I realized that both novels were about on the same level in my mind Tanizaki s masterpiece less about sand and about love felt like a parry to Abe s even though Abe s came later Both are existential Abe s is mythic and Tanizaki s grounded I was socked in the gut by both There is an essence of self sabotage to the characters psyches and an inescapable passion consumes them leading inevitably toward a void I was enraptured by Abe first and will likely return to this novel far oftenEntomology exists on the fringes of Woman in the Dunes as it does in Ark Sakura Insects crawl through the novels but they also make for a nice comparison to the main characters who are trapped in an environment where their humanity wears away kept in a terrarium of sorts and we the readers are studying them fascinated The film captures the voyeuristic uality of the narration incredibly wellThe shifting psychological portraits that Abe presents to us are reminiscent of his experimental plays I believe he was concerned with the human being as an object among disorienting constraints As in Box Man the most intriguing aspects of the plot arise from the uxtaposition of humanity with the absurdity of their own weakness their limitations define them and allow them to discover hidden potentialities often as disturbing as they are enlightening He explores humanity s survival instinct in Beasts Head for Home and much of the same sentiment can be found hereAs dark and brooding as Kafka but pure simple yet beguilingly complex this novel rewards those who seek to dwell in the liminal spaces between reality and dream The burden of understanding ourselves is an illustration of perpetual motion Humanity s protean heart is contained in us all vaguely buried beneath layers of propriety comfort and self denial If all the world were sand if it was all we knew how would our minds conform to the contours of our flat horizon Would the solitary figures of other minds blasted smooth and coppery sink into our animaEnmesh yourself in this softly distressing masterpiece While he mused on the effect of the flowing sands he was seized from time to time by hallucinations in which he himself began to move with the flow This book is about a man who tricked and has to live in a house at the bottom of a sand pit with a woman They can t escape the sand which settles on them even as they sleep As much as they shovel it away they can t get rid of it This is definitely a uniue story I now know about sand than I probably need to I never really thought much about sand but I kind of didn t have a choice in this book K b Abe Image from Vicecom This is a kafkaesue 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 stay or go There is one scene that is uite chilling in which taunting village elders at the top of his hole tease him that they will set him free if he will only have sex with the woman in their view God playing with his human toys I appreciated the intellectual drive of the novel but I never felt much of a visceral tie to the characters The absurdity of the story prevented that for me When we mix surrealistic Kafkaesue climate with existential uestions 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. The Woman in the Dunes by celebrated writer and thinker Kobo Abe combines the essence of myth suspense and the existential novel After missing the last bus home following a day trip to the seashore an amateur entomologist is 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 "the magnetic strength of the woman her desperate fight with sand makes that what previously seemed to 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 an absurd situation condemned and imprisoned for unspecified faultsProse is hallucinatory atmosphere stifling and nightmarish This story is captured by the sand In fact "Sand Rules Everyone And Everything " rules everyone and everything never rested Reading you can almost hear rustle of the sand as if it was pouring from the book This book is horrifically claustrophobic and eerieHow 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 scratching the insides of your eyelidsThere s a man and sand A lot of sand And a woman And it s all delusional suffocating and brilliant He was like an animal who finally sees that the crack in the fence it was trying to escape through is in reality merely the entrance to its cage like a fish who at last realizes after bumping its nose numberless time that the glass of the goldfish bowl is a wall Since I started reading both avidly and widely several years ago I ve spent time analyzing different genres different kinds of authors and different kinds of literature In Jane Smiley s 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel she makes a number of observations about how classic French novels differ from classic British novels and how American novelists differ from either I m not well read enough in French and British literature to udge the validity of her points other than to notice that yes Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas do have a tone that is noticeably different from say Charles Dickens and George EliotAll of which brings me to Japanese literature Which I haven t read nearly enough of since taking a couple of courses in medieval Japanese literature as an undergrad So far I have read several books by Haruki Murakami Battle Royale and now The Woman in the Dunes I ve got several in my ueueHaruki Murakami Kobo Abe and Koushun Takami are very different authors The Chaplain's War just as Charles Dickens and George Eliot are very different authors but Japanese novels all have a very different feel from Western novels That is not to say they are particularly hard to understand or that they don t have the same elements of English language novels plot characters theme storytelling etc But Japanese literature seems to focus very much on the moment and an individual s experience of it Long descriptive passages about mundane details in the character s environment or his mental ruminations often wandering off onto bizarre sidetracks almost as if the author is trying to describe how a person s thoughts actually work like when you re focusing on the matter at hand but somehow your mind makes a subconscious leap onto a completely unrelated topicAnd that is how The Woman in the Dunes reads The story is of a Japanese schoolteacher and amateur entomologist who takes a little weekend trip to the beach He happens upon a small very poor village that is being overwhelmed by the encroaching sands on all sides Needing a place to stay for the night the villagers offer to put him up in the home of one of the locals who turns out to be a widow living alone Her house is at the bottom of a sandpit and the only way in or out is by rope ladder Our unfortunate schoolteacher doesn t think anything is odd or sinister about this until he has lowered himself into the trapThe rest of the book is really about Niki Jumpei s thoughts and experiences and of course sand Sand is everywhere Kobo Abe describes it its porosity its viscosity its physical ualities its omnipresence the way gothic authors describe the brooding atmosphere and the dark manor By the end of the book you re feeling sand crawling up all your crevices rubbing your skin raw getting in your hair and threatening to bury youJumpei s relationship with the widow who is never named is turbulent sexual ambiguous and disturbing She was the bait for the trap and she is by turns apologetic vulnerable pathetic and callous One gets the impression she is the way Kobo Abe as a Japanese man of a certain age may see all women as these opaue unrelatable beings as prone to break into sudden charming laughter and offer you a massage as to turn out to be dangerous fairy tale creatures luring you into hell Certainly our protagonist Jumpei never uite relates to the widow as a fellow human being but he seems to be completely disconnected from people in general The world he s been abducted from rea. Ffered lodging for the night at the bottom of a vast sand pit But when he attempts to leave the next morning he uickly discovers that the locals have other plans Held captive with seemingly no chance of escape he is tasked wit.