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Check back each week for a new title As it turns out, Niki Jumpei will find himself captured and kept, a human specimen trapped in the same environment in which he had hoped to be the collector. By Clarice Lispector Week 6: Ted Gioia writes on music, literature and popular culture. On his trip, the teacher travels first by train, then bus, and finally walks the final stretch to the beach.

The author takes us to some hitherto unknown border- land, between the sober reality of the fully alert mind and the hallucinatory regions of our subconscious psyche.

Other dream- oriented works settle for smaller effects, teaching us to laugh at the absurdity of the circumstances, but undermining the intensity of the story by the surreal tone. The whole setting is xe with a sick surrealism, yet Abe imposes on this nightmare an unflagging rationalism, even a scientific attitude.

In a path atypical for a writer, Abe showed an early interest in mathematics, and later pursued studies in medicine. His protagonist analyzes the properties of the sand, constructs aeena, builds apparatuses, designs experiments. With no other options, he accepts their offer, and climbs down a rope ladder to the bottom of a deep pit, where he meets the widow, who proves to be a friendly if reticent hostess, and is invited to stay in her fragile, poorly furnished home.

He decided to focus on sandy terrains, and thus heads off for a different kind of beach vacation, with the catching net, jars and chemicals necessary for his quest. Mujed think, therefore I am cut asunder. Lovecraft and other literary masters of the nascent horror genre. At length, all the houses seemed to be sunk into hollows scooped in the sand.

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This web site and its sister sites may receive promotional copies of ave items and other materials from publisher, publicists and other parties. In time, Jumpei is forced to work and comply, at least superficially, with arna demands put on him—yet he continues to plot methods of breaking out of his buried prison cell.

Abe comes across as the anti-Aesop, the storyteller who insists that we learn from his fable, but in place of ‘the moral of the story’ leaves us with only a blank space. The surface of the sand stood higher than the rooftops.

Abe, in contrast, crosses mujee into dreamtime, bringing together the most incongruous and implausible elements into a story as shifting and unstable as the dunes it describes, yet presented with a rigor and attention to symbolic valence that never collapses into sheer fantasy or mindless horror.

I am reading the classics of horror fiction during the course ofand each week will write arema a significant work in the genre. Dracula By Bram Stoker Week 2: One can construct other approaches to this novel. I cringe whenever a character falls asleep and the story moves into slumber time.

You are invited to join me in my annus horribilis. On the other hand, I am fascinated by a certain school of modern ve in which the whole story possesses a dreamlike quality. Yes, an element of horror was palpable, but you could also read these works as political commentaries, existential fables, or some new surreal style of writing that we have learned to call Kafkaesque.

In The Women in the DunesAbe repeatedly adopts a clinical perspective more commonly found in a laboratory than a modern novel. Contact Ted Gioia at tedgioia hotmail. During the course of the year sbe if we survive — we will have tackled zombies, serial killers, ghosts, demons, vampires, and monsters of all denominations.

Yet rather dr undermining the Kafkaesque qualities of the story, this attention to logic and detail reinforces the claustrophobia and loneliness of the novel. On his way, he passes a bizarre series of makeshift houses, each sinking deeper and deeper into the sand the closer he approaches the shore.


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He is expected to help the widow in the endless task of removing the sand that accumulates endlessly in holes where the locals live. Instead he focused on writing, but his interest in science continued to find an outlet in his insect collecting.

The Passion According to G. The successive rows of houses sank deeper and deeper into the depressions.

The narrative now lacks motivation, drive and worst of all consequences. To purchase, click on image. He eventually received a degree in medicine from Tokyo Imperial Arnea, but reportedly did dd poorly in his studies that he was allowed to graduate only if he promised never to take a job as a doctor.

My Year of Horrible Reading Week 1: Even so, the story relentlessly forces the reader to apply judgments and principles.

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The woman, for her part, welcomes his company and assistance, and shows no interest in helping him escape or in leaving herself. Yet even well-read fans of literary fiction in the West will hardly recognize his name, let alone know his works. The next day, the rope ladder is missing, and the teacher realizes that the villagers have no intention of letting him leave. Strangely enough, John Fowles was writing a similar novel, The Collectorat virtually the same time as Abe—in both works an entomologist gets caught up in the illegal detention of people.

This is my year of horrible reading. He has aspirations of discovering a new type of beetle, and thus achieving a small dose of distinction. Rebecca By Daphne Du Maurier.

Even after the final page, we are left feeling that, much like the hero of this story, even if we cannot rise to the challenge, we can hardly walk away. When he refuses to assist in the sand removal and other household chores, the villagers respond by cutting off the supply of water.