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The Woman in the Dunes

Written by: Kobo Abe
Narrated by: Julian Cihi
Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The Woman in the Dunes, by celebrated writer and thinker Kobo Abe, combines the essence of myth, suspense, and the existential novel.

After missing the last bus home following a day trip to the seashore, an amateur entomologist is offered lodging for the night at the bottom of a vast sand pit. But when he attempts to leave the next morning, he quickly discovers the locals have other plans. Held captive with seemingly no chance of escape, he is tasked with shoveling back the ever-advancing sand dunes that threaten to destroy the village. 

His only companion is an odd young woman. Together, their fates become intertwined as they work side-by-side at this Sisyphean task.

©1964 Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Devious, addictive.... Never less than compulsive.... Abe is an accomplished stylist.” (David Mitchell)

“Abe follows with meticulous precision his hero's constantly shifting physical, emotional and psychological states.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“As is true of Poe and Kafka...Abe creates on the page an unexpected impulsion. One continues reading, on and on.” (The New Yorker)

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  • Abhigyan
  • 24-11-18

Bought this book on pewds suggestion. Liked it.

If you are thinking and are confused weather to buy it is not. I think you will not regret it. It was subtle existential funny book.

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  • Mr. Sagan
  • 20-07-19

Nihilistic horror

I struggled to finish this because of how insanely depressing it is. Only read this if you are prepared for that. I listened to it while working. Worst idea of my life.

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  • Syd
  • 19-06-19

Fantastic

I’ve heard Abe kobo translated well into English and boy it does not disappoint. If you’re a fan of surreal and strange Kafka-like fiction with great prose you should check out this book.
Narration was pretty good, a bit monotonous but it suited well to the style of the story.

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  • Jonathan
  • 31-03-19

book👏🏽review👏🏽

loved it, since im english i woulda liked an english narrator since when i read it thats what it sounded like in my head but overall good reading and amazing story

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-04-19

Great story, not great narration

The voices barely differed much throughout, making it difficult to follow at times. Very monotone expression as well

Aside from that the story was brilliant