- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Faber and Faber (6 Mar. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571234976
- ISBN-13: 978-0571234974
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 21.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 669,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
I Haven't Dreamed of Flying for a While Paperback – 6 Mar 2008
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Following in the vein of Strangers and In Search of a Distant Voice, this is a wonderfully strange and haunting urban ghost story.
About the Author
Taichi Yamada worked at the world-renowned Shochiku film studios until he set out on a highly successful career as a freelance scriptwriter and novelist. Winner of the Yamamoto Shugoro Prize for the best human-interest novel, Strangers is his English-language debut.
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Unfortunately, Yamada's concept of a life lived backwards has been somewhat overshadowed by the filming and subsequent popularisation of Scott Fitzgerald's Life of Benjamin Button, but nevertheless there are some thought-provoking moments here.
What is perhaps more curious to me is the rather uncomfortable Japanese stereotypes that are reinforced by Yamada's writing: The Japanese man as so obsessed and defined by his work that his life becomes unbalanced, the sexual lust and fetish towards younger girls; it's all a bit overstated, although I expect Western writing is also riddled with similar stereotypes.
Still a good read though.
The story follows a man who is pretty unhappy with this family and working life, and is simply treading water daily. He meets and becomes strongly attracted to a 67 year old woman, who he soon finds goes through regular transformations that each time make her appear physically younger.
One of my main complaints here is I felt that once the couple's relationship had been established, the narrative pretty much repeats itself several times over. The couple meet, the woman is another 10 years younger, they have a lot of sex, and then she disappears again.
As commented on in another review, things do become a little uncomfortable and slightly sleazy when the woman concerned reaches her early teens, and there is still an air of lust even when she reaches the age of 4 - although only hinted at, this was going slightly too far for my taste.
Worth a read, but I won't rush back to it.
The two main characters are a bit damaged I would say, with the narrator being an exhausted businessman with a thankless homelife and 67 year old woman who decreases in her physical age throughout the story.
Both sleep with each other a lot, and this gets a bit uncomfortable when the woman reaches 17 and he is 48!
Dirty old sod!
The ending is heartbreaking, but you'll have to read it to know what I mean.
It's well-written, funny in places, and hardly flags at all.