Well, a startling phantasmagorical book taking the reader around modern Japan via a range of reality phases. I enjoyed this book immensely, especially around the significance of personal journeys for restoring meaning to the past, and how well-written text creates its own dynamic energy.
Yes. This book is remarkable, and it DOES restore my faith in British fiction. More cheerful than Overrated 'one story' McEwan, better crafted then Will Self, with heaps more emotional intelligence than Smug Barnes, and so much less pompous than Rushdie. Its closer to Sterne's 18th century fun run, Tristram Shandy, and modern day Tom Robbins (who is also a fine, albeit frenetic, writer).
PS: 'number9dream" is taken from the title of a John Lennon song, on the 1974 album 'Walls and bridges'....Continua