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jminja, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by jminja)
Hard to put down!
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Erin Miller, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Erin Miller)
Fantastic novel--the literary version of an Ornette Coleman riff. Mitchell takes the tried-and-true coming of age novel and spins it in an entirely new direction. And now I want to go to Tokyo.
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gooser114, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by gooser114)
The main character, Eiji, is searching for his mysterious father whom he has never known. Through his quest Eiji encounters obstacles from every angle including the Yakuza. Eiji's journey takes him from his rural home to a large city. This is a coming of age and fish out of water story. This book is a wonderfully imaginative modern quest through Japan. I really enjoy Mitchell's writing style and this book made me want to visit Japan.
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James Campbell, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by James Campbell)
"Dream" is appropriate for this wonderful novel. The opening chapter is pitch-perfect, and the structure moves organically to an ending of dense emotion. Highly recommended.
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Mitchell, David
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Fathers and sons
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Against the hyperkinetic backdrop of twenty-first-century Tokyo, Eiji Miyake searches for the father who abandoned him. Dreams and fantasy, fact and fiction merge in a complex narrative that rewards the ambitious reader. David Mitchell continues to prove himself a novelist of considerable gifts.

"Review" by , "An absorbing coming-of-age tale, this Booker Prize finalist will be appreciated by adult readers and some teens willing to invest time and effort in unraveling the rich complexities of the novel's language and imagery."
"Review" by , "Booker nominee Mitchell offers fans of Kafka, Pynchon, and DeLillo state-of-the-art dreams of a Tokyo landscape that could have come straight out of a video game. A demented, maddeningly playful, important book."
"Review" by , "A novel as accomplished as anything being written."
"Review" by , "Mitchell's pyrotechnics are never less than interesting, but they are often less than satisfying; giddy with the fantastical possibilities of his narrative, he sometimes forgets his responsibility to his readers."
"Review" by , "Flexing his considerable stylistic muscle, he plays with form while hewing true to a tightly plotted tale that pulls you along, wondering where it will all end — that, and what all the Beatles references mean. This is a terrific book."
"Synopsis" by , 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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"Synopsis" by , A Booker Prize finalist, this is the story of a young innocent's exhilarating misadventures in Tokyo while searching for the father he never knew.
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