number9dream

number dream David Mitchell follows his eerily precocious globe striding first novel Ghostwritten with a work that is in its way even ambitious In outward form number dream is a Dickensian coming of age journe
  • Title: number9dream
  • Author: David Mitchell
  • ISBN: 9780340739761
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
  • number9dream
    David Mitchell follows his eerily precocious, globe striding first novel, Ghostwritten, with a work that is in its way even 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 whDavid Mitchell follows his eerily precocious, globe striding first novel, Ghostwritten, with a work that is in its way even 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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  • David Mitchell

    David Mitchell was born in Southport, Merseyside, in England, raised in Malvern, Worcestershire, and educated at the University of Kent, studying for a degree in English and American Literature followed by an M.A in Comparative Literature He lived for a year in Sicily, then moved to Hiroshima, Japan, where he taught English to technical students for eight years, before returning to England After another stint in Japan, he currently lives in Ireland with his wife Keiko and their two children In an essay for Random House, Mitchell wrote I knew I wanted to be a writer since I was a kid, but until I came to Japan to live in 1994 I was too easily distracted to do much about it I would probably have become a writer wherever I lived, but would I have become the same writer if I d spent the last 6 years in London, or Cape Town, or Moose Jaw, on an oil rig or in the circus This is my answer to myself Mitchell s first novel, Ghostwritten 1999 , moves around the globe, from Okinawa to Mongolia to pre Millennial New York City, as nine narrators tell stories that interlock and intersect The novel won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for best work of British literature written by an author under 35 and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award His two subsequent novels, number9dream 2001 and Cloud Atlas 2004 , were both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize In 2003, he was selected as one of Granta s Best of Young British Novelists In 2007, Mitchell was listed among Time Magazine s 100 Most Influential People in The World Mitchell s American editor at Random House is novelist David Ebershoff.

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  • Maybe the meaning of life lies in looking for it Like thesong by John Lennon which inspired the title of this novel, David Mitchell plays with the fusion of dreams and reality as he sends the reader spiraling through the chimerical passages of Number9dream This second novel is a departure from the multi storied structure of Ghostwritten, instead closely following one character However, it is anything but a simple linear plot and Mitchell shows once again that he can dazzle and dance through nume [...]


  • I want to say, It was me, it wasn t you, to this novel She and I just didn t click She s obviously got a lot going for her besides her perfect neck, including a horribly pretentious style and a vividly dramatic penchant for detail, but while I had a very good time with some of his other novels all lined up in a row like some Voltron Robot of literature, this one just seemed to go on and on with rambling and disjointed plot lines that EVENTUALLY, like, at the END wrapped up into the Matrix Style [...]


  • How Will I Know Whitney Houston sings, How will I know if he really loves me Pop Music asks some of the most probing questions we can imagine.Many of them are secular versions of Spirituals, Gospel Music or Hymns.How will I know if He really loves me How will I know if He really exists How will I know if He s really there What would I say if he insists Sorry, that last one slipped in from my review of Glee How to Plot an Episode in 70 Words To which the tabloid press add How could I tell And, s [...]


  • A story about a 20 year old boy man looking for the dad he s never met In theory Yawn It s like someone said to David Mitchell Take this cliched plot, drop some acid and see what happens And what happens is a lot.The first chapter had me scratching my head Wait no, I ll be honest, it wasn t that civilized It had me kicking my feet and sighing and slamming down my coffee cup and internally screeching what the eff is going on here Not much later I realized, oh, ohhhh, this is what s going on Sort [...]


  • A Study of Tales or Like watching a musician play his scales very, very well SourceThe tension between style and substance dominates a significant portion of the David Mitchell conversation Fairly consistently Mitchell s writing falls into the style side of this writing dichotomy As with anything, it s an issue of taste for anyone who has dipped their hand into the creative writing pot It splits writers of all different stripes, in genre, literature or otherwise with geniuses on both sides To me [...]


  • You know those compound German constructions, like schadenfreude, comprised of dissimilar single words Well, I ve got a new one that ought to exist if it doesn t already It s schadenselbstungeduld, which translates roughly to the sadness of your own impatience Maybe you can guess why I m bringing this up I ve had a bad case of it since last month when I joined the ranks of several friends who have read all five of the David Mitchell books We re now waiting long days, weeks, or, heaven forfend, e [...]


  • Do you ever set books aside for a special occasion I like to keep certain novels on hold for holidays, so that when I reminisce about a particular vacation, I will also think about what I was reading at the time I have very fond memories of devouring The Goldfinch on a visit to London a couple of years ago, and being so immersed in the story that I almost missed my plane David Mitchell is one of my favourite writers and I had been saving number9dream for a while now I took it with me on a trip t [...]


  • Number9Dream, what is a relatively administered star rating system compared to the joy I experience while reading you Faults and all I don t completely understand everything you revealed with my mind awake, but your echo resonates lucidly through my dreamtime You say Time may be what stops everything happening at once, but rules are different asleep How I know this to be true, yet could never prove Fantasies and dreams Cause and effect Repeated conclusions reveal nothing where conclusions don t [...]


  • Reality is the page Life is the word David Mitchell, number9dream Ah b wakawa pouss , pouss Another book I m going to have to chew on for a bit to really bend my mental tongue around At first, I was a little disappointed in it This is my last Mitchell book left to read I am now a Mitchell completist and I was hoping for just a little PoMo juice to squeeze out of his second novel Three dreams into it and I was afraid Mitchell was aping Murakami Norwegian Wood, A Wild Sheep Chase and Joyce Finneg [...]


  • Mild SevenParliamentCabinPeaceKentHopePhilip MorrisMarlborough LightThat s the number of different cigarette brands cited and smoked in this novel Frankly, it s a good job that this book only covers 8 weeks in the life of narrator and protagonist, Eeji Miyake, because he s unlikely to live for too much longer Follow Miyake as he smokes, gurns, fantasises and bull shits his way around Tokyo trying to find his long lost Pops and enjoy the literary games and jousting word smithery that accompanies [...]


  • 5 Stars Phenomenal book This is the fourth David Mitchell book I ve read, and none have disappointed Every time I start a new book by this author I m hesitant because I figure, by the law of averages, that one has to be a dud I have not found that one yet, and I wouldn t be surprised if I never found it.This book is so beautifully written It s strange and heart wrenching, funny and relatable I have never known another author to compact so many emotions into one book and make the book a good read [...]


  • The devil has all the best tunes, and the fiendish Mr Mitchell is in cahoots with Old Nick for the best stories too What worries me is what the deal involves Selling your soul to Mephistopheles is a risky manoeuvre for sure This, Mitchell s second novel and the last one that I had not read, is the story of one who is punished by the God of Thunder, by being given exactly what he asked for Beware of what you wish for, as it may be granted Having lost his twin sister in that deal, bereft of a moth [...]


  • I apologise in advance if this seems incoherent and rushed than anything I ve written previously I m just so in awe of the bizarreness of number9dream that my thoughts are not settled on the book.Okay what I want to know is what David Mitchell was taking when he wrote this I can join in with the elixir Seriously this is a whacked out, crazy kind of book that s strangely compulsive reading but doesn t make a lot of sense in places I must admit that the whole time I was reading it went like this [...]


  • Revisionism 27 August 2015It s a fine winter s day in Sydney.Earlier and somewhat dyspeptically, I threw my hands up about number9dream because I was confused I found the story hard to follow and did not know what was real and what was fantasy.With time it has occurred to me that I should give mature consideration to the essence of the story the fluttering distractions have fallen to the ground and the broader landscape has become clearer The story is a boy s search ostensibly for his father, b [...]


  • Dreams are shores where the ocean of spirit meets the land of matter Beaches where the yet to be, the once were, the will never be may walk amid the still are number9dream is the second novel by British author, David Mitchell Nineteen year old Eiji Miyake arrives in Tokyo looking for his father, a man he has never met, a man whose name he does not even know He has a letter from a lawyer warning him not to try to find his father, so his first move is to stake out the lawyer s office from a caf op [...]


  • Ghostwritten, Mitchell coming of age 20 Eiji Miyake number9dream Mitchell , Norwegian Wood, , , Mitchell , storyteller , , , , Mitchell , , 9 9 the ninth dream begins after every ending Cloud Atlas.


  • Well, I suppose all of Mitchell s novels can t be absolute home runs Reminiscent in many ways of a Haruki Murakami novel, number9dream s propensity to shift between the real and the imagined burdens the novel with a frustrating format despite the compelling story that lies at the novel s core Set in Japan, where Mitchell spent eight years of his life, number9dream follows Eiji Miyake as he goes on a quest to find his estranged biological father he has never met The novel is divided into 9 chapte [...]


  • REASONS I LOVED THIS BOOK It is by David Mitchell It made me want to go have sushi sake bombs It was surprisingly funny Not only did it remind me of Murakami, it referenced The Wind up Bird Chronicle It had the word knickerbockers I was rating this in my head as I went along something I can t help but do since joining , and for the first part, I was liking it and thinking 3 stars Once I hit the halfway point, the Mitchell I know and love emerged, bumping it up to a four By the end of the novel, [...]


  • Set in Japan in the present or perhaps the near future, with several versions of early bits of the plot Is it real or is it a computer game certainly he plays computer games Some wonderful metaphors and some ludicrously contrived and awkward ones Too much organised crime and mindless violence for my taste, with little of the beauty of his other books to provide balance or contrast Number 9 Dream is a Beatles song that plays at a disco in Black Swan Green review show.


  • This novel has an open ending, but there are clues regarding the possible developments of the story all over the last chapter Although it has eight chapters and each has a name, the author ends the book with the ninth chapter which is simply called Nine and left empty The ninth dream begins after every ending , says David Mitchell, continuing the subtle insinuation that the story is to be continued in our imagination, but taking into account several clues from the last chapter Time may be what p [...]


  • Eiji Miyake is looking for his father but he finds many different things Squeeze, squelch, squirt Crocodiles scream, even underwater The jaws unscissor and the monster thrashes off in spirals Lao Tzu mimes applause, but I have already gone three minutes without air and the surface is impossibly distant I kick feebly upwards Nitrogen fizzes in my brain Sluggishly I fly, and the ocean sings Face submerged, searching for me from the stone whale, is my waitress, loyal to the last, hair streaming in [...]


  • I probably shouldn t be giving this any stars because I didn t even finish it This was a book club read and none of us got through it, not even the most die hard David Mitchell fans I guess this is proof positive that a knack for writing will not save your book if you have nothing particular to say As one person in our group described it, reading this book is like watching a musician play his scales very, very well but after a while, you just want to hear him play an actual song for a sustained [...]


  • It is so much simpler to bury reality than it is to dispose of dreams Writing a book and telling a story are obviously two very different projects especially for an author like Mr.Mitchell And so, in what is probably the most straightforward plot of a boy in search of his father, the author packs a whole lot of freudian pyrotechnics that blur lines between plots, between genres and between reality.Eiji Miyake reaches Tokyo in search of his father The Tokyo of Mitchell is a surreal place with cha [...]


  • I gave number9dream five stars way back when I first started rating books around here, but it was far enough removed from reading the book that I didn t feel I could write a review, so there is no chronicle of why I gave it five stars Since then I have read most of David Mitchell s stuff, but number9dream was my first, so it retains pride of place I was turned onto it the winter I went home to Canada for Christmas because for some reason that year I decided I was going to read everything shortli [...]


  • I am so torn over this book But I figure that being this conflicted between ratings probably means that I should err on the side of the fewer stars Still My kingdom for a half star option There are lots of things I liked Eiji, the main character, remains likable even as he s shuttled between hell and back, like, five thousand times in 400 pages and disappointed by nearly everyone who matters to him There s a chance that his blossoming relationship with Ai contributed to my increasing fondness fo [...]


  • No less than 5 amazing stars Originally posted here.Nine things about number9dream1 That was one helluva whirlwind read Alternating between reality and fantasies cum dreams took me for a loop, but I d gladly do it again No one can do that to me and totally awe me like Mitchell just did 2 Is this metafiction Are there traces of metafiction in this novel If the answer is yes to either question, then I think I could definitely get used to the genre 3 Maybe the meaning of life lies in looking for it [...]


  • Hay libros que suponen un aut ntico reto Cada uno de los lectores es v ctima del suyo propio Hay libros como Lolita que no est n hechos para todo el mundo Autores que se resisten por mucho que uno lo intente pero tambi n otro tipo de barreras El de Number9dream es el idioma Pero no os asust is antes de tiempo, David Mitchell asusta pero no tanto Simplemente hay que tener cierto nivel y paciencia, paciencia para entender qu est pasando Paciencia para avanzar mucho m s lento que de costumbre con u [...]


  • Spending New Year s away from home with less than a chapter left in my book and no back up book was always going to be a stupid mistake Luckily, when everybody else foolishly headed out for a New Year s Day walk in the rain I was able to raid my host s bookcase and grabbed a copy of David Mitchell s number9dream I d enjoyed Cloud Atlas enough to try something from earliermber9dream is the story of Eiji Miyake a twenty year old Japanese lad from Yukashima who has arrived in Tokyo with the intenti [...]


  • number9dream was nearly as awesome ascloud atlas and still a 5 star novel this book demonstrates one of the things i love most about mitchell his ability to write in a number of different voices convincingly within the same novel hardboiled cyberpunk actiony, the weird and whimsical goatwriter stories, the diary of a japanese soldier in WW2 , which he accomplishes here without sacrificing the clarity and honesty of his narrator s voice eiji miyake is one of the most likeable protagonists i ve ev [...]


  • What a strange, strange book How colossally it fucked with my mind During the first chapter I was thinking I ll be damned if I have a clue what s going on The rating I had in mind was in the two star territory until halfway through It s not that it was bad, but after Ghostwritten, it wasn t what I expected For the next few chapters, an additional star made its appearance and then the final chapter happened to me You read right It s not so much that you read number9dream as it is it happens to yo [...]


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