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March 01, 2016

Book Review The Ark Sakura by Kobo Abe

Book Review – The Ark Sakura by Kobo Abe

Author: Kobo Abe

Translator: Juliet Winters Carpenter

Publisher: Martin Secker and Warburg Limited, London.1988

ISBN: 0436000237 

Pages: 336

The gaze of a girl changes everything

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A classic novel by Kobo Abe who uses a range of techniques to inform, entertain and educate the reader. Set in the 1960’s in Japan we meet the man character Mole (a self-given nickname) who goes to a department store roof top sale to find a bargain. Little did he know that his life was about to change and his long term plan about to come into play?

A range of characters are introduced including the insect seller, the shill and his companion, a young woman who seems to captivate everyman who meets her. The Broom Brigade and the sweet potato pie maker.

Set by the coast we learn the Moles plan for the end of the world and how he will survive. The harsh environment in which he was raised has set him on a path to preserve life not to harm it.

The writer of Woman in the Dunes, shares a story of hope, relationships and loneliness.

Book Review – The Ark Sakura by Kobo Abe

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