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number9dream

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2001

The second novel from the critically-acclaimed author of GHOSTWRITTEN and CLOUD ATLAS.

As Eiji Miyake’s twentieth birthday nears, he arrives in Tokyo with a mission – to locate the father he has never met. So begins a search that takes him into the seething city’s underworld, its lost property offices and video arcades, and on a journey that zigzags from reality to the realm of dreams. But until Eiji has fallen in love and exorcised his childhood demons, the belonging he craves will remain, tantalizingly, just beyond his grasp.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 28th August 2014

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9780340747971

Reviews

Resounds to the same marvellous chatter of voices that marked out Ghostwritten, his outstanding first novel
<i>Observer</i>
I haven't enjoyed a novel so much in ages; wild, bristling with strangeness
Christopher Fowler, <i>Independent</i> Books of the Year
Wildly inventive
<i>The Sunday Times</i>
A delirious mix of thriller, tragedy, fantasy, video games and a portrait of uneasy modern Japan . . . A deserving Booker nominee.
<i>Guardian</i>
Captures aspects of modern Japan with a compelling authenticity and beauty
<i>Daily Telegraph</i>
David Mitchell's second novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and it's not hard to see why. The narrative has a langorous, dream-like quality - the result of being structured around Eiji's fantasies. Mitchell writes well in a range of different moods and styles: funny, poignant, humdrum, violent. Most strikingly of all, he depicts Tokyo as a bewildering labyrinth, which provides the perfect backdrop to the desultory wanderings of Eiji's mind.
Observer
This Booker-shortlisted fantasia confirms the Hiroshima-based Mitchell as the most prodigally gifted of young British novelists ... an extraordinary literary cabaret of dreams, visions and pastiches, from video-game rides and gangster rumbles to suicide submariners.
Boyd Tonkin, Independent
Even more dazzling than GHOSTWRITTEN.
Matt Thorne, <i>Independent on Sunday</i>
If anything more amazing than his debut, Ghostwritten, this Booker-shortlisted fantasia confirms the Hiroshima-based Mitchell as the most prodigally gifted of young British novelists . . . an extraordinary literary cabaret of dreams, visions and pastiches, from video-game rides and gangster rumbles to suicide submariners. Endlessly ingenious and hugely enjoyable - but oddly moving as well. A rich showcase for 21st-century fiction.
Boyd Tonkin, Independent
It's a measure of the precocity of David Mitchell's talent that this novel, the author's second book, is nearly a rare example of a satisfying "anti-novel". This experimentation with narrative form is usually reserved for authors with comfortably established book sales and secure reputations. It is told dexterously . . . The book progresses through quick changes of style and texture. This fixes one's attention on the delights of Mitchell's prose. Almost without realising it, you find that you have fallen for Eiji, and that his plight has registered at a deep level.
Paul Tebbs, Daily Telegraph
Exceptional.
<i>Literary Review</i>
Wildly inventive.
<i>Sunday Times</i>
A clever, contemporary reworking of classic videogame/quest themes . . . This videogame is made not of zeros and ones, however, but of dream fragments and poetry . . . the beautiful, snake-like narrative twists and tangles around leitmotifs borrowed from action films, manga, anime, SF, fantasy, old detective novels, mob stories, coming-of-age romances, cyberpunk, epic quests and war stories . . . Mitchell rolls around in implausibility, takes some incredible literary liberties, and - yes - gets away with it.
Scarlett Thomas, Independent
Even more dazzling than Ghostwritten
Matt Thorne, Independent on Sunday