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Number9Dream
Number9Dream
Number9Dream
Аудиокнига16 часов

Number9Dream

Написано David Mitchell

Озвучено William Rycroft

Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд

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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.
ЯзыкEnglish
ИздательRecorded Books Audio
Дата выпуска5 апр. 2013 г.
ISBN9781470361075
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  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    I love you, David Mitchell. To me you're like Haruki Murakami, only better. I definitely saw similarities with this and "Kafka on the Shore", though this one is a lot less mystical. I loved most of the characters, and the stories-within-stories (Mitchell's specialty). The only thing I couldn't grasp was the over-the-top Yakuza violence. I suppose he is trying to jar you, but it's not really clear to me why it's there.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    As it says on the cover, David Mitchell's Number9dream was a Man Booker finalist, so you know the quality is there. It is a bizarre tale he tells; I felt like I fell down a Murakami hole into Tokyo Dreamland. Our narrator Eiji Miyake is a 20-year-old Japanese student, newly arrived in Tokyo in search of his never-met father. His persistence in his quest is heroic, as no one, including his father, wants Eiji to find him. We find ourselves in some kind of cyberpunk detective story strewn with Yakuza, while a charming romance slowly and unexpectedly develops. Armchair travelers will love the sensation of being right there in Tokyo's streets with Eiji.Be prepared to feel unmoored, though; sometimes what is happening is only in Eiji's imagination, and connections between scenes can be dreamlike. This is an early Mitchell book (his second, I think), and some sections feel amateurish. The main one for me was the "Goatwriter" material in the latter part of the book, fables that didn't aid the plot and seemed self-indulgent.But Mitchell is so talented, this is still a fun read. Eiji gets to meet John Lennon, who wrote the song "#9dream", and there's even a hint that he has read Murakami. Those who enjoy Mitchell will get a kick out of this forerunner of such great books as Cloud Atlas, Bone Clocks and Slade House.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Wow. Ein geniales Werk, neben Ghostwritten vielleicht Mitchells bestes. Sehr viel zugänglicher als Ghostwritten, trotz des enormen Umfangs leicht und schnell gelesen.Die Quintessenz: Geschichten. Neben dem eigentlichen Plot, in dem sich Eiji Miyake auf der Suche nach seinem Vater in Tokyo durchschlägt, schweift Mitchell immer wieder ab. Dabei wird es brutal, Thriller-artig, absurd, lustig, philosophisch, traurig, romantisch, von atemlos-furios bis langsam betrachtend. Niemals verliert Mitchell dabei seine eigentliche Geschichte aus den Augen; von seinen Werken, die mehr als eine Geschichte erzählen, ist dieses vielleicht das rundeste.Die Episoden über Goatwriter sind vergnüglich, wirken in ihrer sprachlichen Überzogenheit aber ein wenig deplaziert – der einzige Kritikpunkt.Ansonsten klar eines der besten Bücher, die ich in letzter Zeit gelesen habe. Leider habe ich somit alle bis dato erschienenen Mitchells durch – hoffentlich erscheint bald ein neues Buch aus seiner Feder.Ich habe das Buch auf Englisch gelesen und kann das auch nur jedem empfehlen, der dieser Sprache mächtig ist – bei vielen der ständigen Sprachspielereien kann ich mir nicht vorstellen, dass sie sinnvoll ins Deutsche übertragbar sind.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Enjoyable read. I had to look at the flap again a few times though. Just to make sure i wasn't reading a Murakami novel.
  • Рейтинг: 2 из 5 звезд
    2/5
    If a writer is too technical, or wishes to show off, it draws attention to the writing instead of the story. That's how number9dream starts. Then, as if to address my concerns it goes to a more conventional narrative. The problem is that neither style is really working for him. I greatly admire him as an author as you can see from my ratings, but this is not for me.
  • Рейтинг: 2 из 5 звезд
    2/5
    sci-fi/fantasy/surrealist mystery. Vivid prose ("A galaxy of cream unribbons in my coffee cup, and the background chatter pulls into focus") from an unreliable narrator who appears to be on some kind of psychoactive drug. I don't know what his deal is, and will likely never know, because his story--however beautifully told--keeps leaping out onto bizarre tangents that always turn out to be mere tangents. I liked Mitchell's Cloud Atlas alright but this was entirely too much work.
  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
    I've quite liked some, even most, of Mitchell's other books, but this one I just had a terrible time getting into and it didn't end up working very well for me. I'll have to try it again another time. 
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Man oh man. This book started a little slow -- it's about the dream world, to an extent, and begins there, which lends it an early hallucinatory tone. Not exactly ideal bedtime reading, especially as it's very slippery for someone to get ahold of as they're listening to you read it in a sort of fever-haze.But once it gets going I had to pinch myself, repeatedly (and metaphorically, don't worry, I'm not a scabby, mottled mess because of this book), and check that this wasn't a Murakami novel.It's a beautifully done, wild romp through Tokyo and its underbelly. It puts David Mitchell's "Slade House, which I enjoyed, in a different light, though. The writing in this book was far more elevated, the story more finely wrought than Mitchell's latest book, and it hits you just how damn *good* he is. He writes the young Eiji Miyake convincingly, and the supernatural-ish rears its head only a little bit later in the book, hitting some familiar Mitchell obsessions that we've all come to know and love.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Plays around with the main character's development with interior dialogue getting mixed in together with the actual plot - like the character, the reader can sometimes wonder what is "real." Is this happening or is it only happening in the character's head? This is an illuminating device as employed by Mitchell, and jives with my own predilection for writing that makes us question the nature of reality.
  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
    This was my first of Mitchell's book and was somewhat disappointed. Now don't get me wrong, he is a very talented writer- the characters were well formed and complex, the prose is witty and original. What I didn't like about this book was the flitting between odd subplots which seemed irrelevant to the plot.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    I've given this 3.5 stars, because it started off and finished well, but had a massive slump in the middle. I liked the main character a lot, and was immersed in the whole story apart from the interlude in the middle. At times, I felt like I was in the story with Miyake, the writing was so good. It's a straightforward tale of a boy searching for his unknown father, his experiences in Tokyo after a childhood on an island south of Kyushu, including some grim run ins with the Yakuza, and the friends he makes while he tries to discover who he is, and who his father's family are. Nothing gets properly resolved, but Miyake does move on. The ambiguous ending leaves room for hope. Shame about the weird story within a story in the middle that served no other purpose than amusing the author.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    David Mitchell knows how to write. It was a wonderful, refreshing move, giving up on Mieville's overwrought, adjective-heavy language and finding Mitchell's crisp lines.
    The comparisons to Murakami are not without basis. The writing is similar, similarly direct. But Mitchell's voice is almost manic in the frequency with which it changes. We have strange daydreams, actual dreams (equally strange, or more), letters, diary, short fantasy stories. Each chapter offers a different mode in and out of which we find ourselves moving.
    There's not a lot of resolution, but this drives home the novel's main conceit: meaning through search, through doing, meaning as an incompletable series whose progress serves as its own justification.