Kangaroo notebook: a novel
In the last novel written before his death in 1993, one of Japan's most distinguished novelists proffered a surreal vision of Japanese society that manages to be simultaneously fearful and jarringly funny. The narrator ofKangaroo Notebookwakes on morning to discover that his legs are growing radish sprouts, an ailment that repulses his doctor but provides the patient with the unusual ability to snack on himself. In short order, Kobo Abe's unraveling protagonist finds himself hurtling in a hospital bed to the very shores of hell. Abe has assembled a cast of oddities into a coherent novel, one imbued with unexpected meaning. Translated from the Japanese by Maryellen Toman Mori. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: Kangaroo NotebookUser Review - Andy Tischaefer - Goodreads
I believe I heard about this book from a friend. Honestly, it just didn't work for me. It wasn't the fact that it was weird (which it was). I've read plenty of books that were weird. I think it was ... Read full review
Review: Kangaroo NotebookUser Review - Brent Legault - Goodreads
I love Kobo Abe, but I found this book to be a bit too "zany." I put zany in quotes to highlight the fact that the zaniness, I felt, was forced. A forced zaniness is not zany at all. It's just a ... Read full review