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A 21st Century classic,
This review is from: number9dream (Paperback)
Okay, so calling Number9Dream a classic may irritate some - so much so that they might disagree with my review purely on principal. But I have to say that Mitchell's novel is everything that someone (like me) who loves modernist writing and "the canon" could hope for. Getting it for a couple of quid from a charity shop was just icing on the cake. I found Eiji to be a refreshing and utterly unaffected character, a daydreamer and fantasist bemused by his surroundings, much like - I'm guessing - most of those readers not particularly au fait with modern city-life Japan will be: he's from the sticks, and the hyper-modernism of Tokyo leaves him awestruck. And that's before the Yakuza enter the equation. Eiji's adventures are fun, often tongue-in-cheek, often exciting, and if ever there was an unreliable narrator, Eiji is it.
This is a roller coaster of a ride, with twists, turns and flamboyant breadth. If you thought Cloud Atlas was poor/disappointing/pretentious/boring, leave your preconceptions at the door, and enjoy the escapism that Number9Dream provides.