Number9dream: A Novel

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Random House Trade paperbacks, 2003 - Fiction - 416 pages
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From the author of "Cloud Atlas, " now a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant, and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer
"Number9Dream" is the international literary sensation from a writer with astonishing range and imaginative energy--an intoxicating ride through Tokyo's dark underworlds and the even more mysterious landscapes of our collective dreams.
David Mitchell follows his eerily precocious, globe-striding first novel, "Ghostwritten," with a work that is in its way even more ambitious. In outward form, "Number9Dream" is a Dickensian coming-of-age journey: Young dreamer Eiji Miyake, from remote rural Japan, thrust out on his own by his sister's death and his mother's breakdown, comes to Tokyo in pursuit of the father who abandoned him. Stumbling around this strange, awesome city, he trips over and crosses--through a hidden destiny or just monstrously bad luck--a number of its secret power centers. Suddenly, the riddle of his father's identity becomes just one of the increasingly urgent questions Eiji must answer. Why is the line between the world of his experiences and the world of his dreams so blurry? Why do so many horrible things keep happening to him? What is it about the number 9? To answer these questions, and ultimately to come to terms with his inheritance, Eiji must somehow acquire an insight into the workings of history and fate that would be rare in anyone, much less in a boy from out of town with a price on his head and less than the cost of a Beatles disc to his name.

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Plays around with the main character's development with interior dialogue getting mixed in together with the actual plot - like the character, the reader can sometimes wonder what is "real." Is this ... Read full review

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This was my first of Mitchell's book and was somewhat disappointed. Now don't get me wrong, he is a very talented writer- the characters were well formed and complex, the prose is witty and original ... Read full review

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David Mitchell is the author of the international bestseller "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet," named a best book of the year by "Time, The Washington Post, Financial Times, The New Yorker, The Globe and Mail, "and "The New York Times;""Black Swan Green, " which was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by "Time; Cloud Atlas, " which was a Man Booker Prize finalist; "Number9Dream, " which was short-listed for the Man Booker as well as the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; and "Ghostwritten, " awarded the "Mail on Sunday"/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for best book by a writer under thirty-five and short-listed for the "Guardian" First Book Award. Hailed as "the novelist who's shown us fiction's future" by "The Washington Post, "Mitchell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by "Time" in 2007. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

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