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I am reading the classics of horror fiction during the course ofand each week will write about a significant work in the genre. When koho refuses to assist in the sand removal and other household chores, the villagers respond by cutting off the supply of water.

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The author takes us to some hitherto unknown border- land, between the sober reality of the fully alert mind and the hallucinatory regions of our subconscious psyche.

My Year of Horrible Reading Week 1: Koboo is expected to help the widow in the endless task of removing the sand that accumulates endlessly in holes where the locals live.

Yes, an element of horror was palpable, but you could also read these works as political commentaries, existential fables, or some new surreal style of writing that we have learned to call Kafkaesque. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary By M. The whole setting is pervaded with a sick surrealism, yet Abe imposes on this nightmare an unflagging rationalism, even a scientific attitude. Yet rather than undermining the Kafkaesque qualities of the story, this attention to logic and detail reinforces the claustrophobia and loneliness of the novel.


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Contact Ted Gioia at tedgioia hotmail. The local villagers offer to put him up mujef one of houses in the sand holes for the night, where an obliging widow will look after him. Even so, the story relentlessly forces the reader to apply judgments and principles.

On his trip, the teacher travels first by train, then bus, and finally walks the final stretch to the beach. One can construct other approaches to this novel. He eventually received a degree in medicine from Tokyo Imperial University, but reportedly did so poorly in his studies that he was allowed to graduate only if he promised never to take a job as a doctor.

Dracula By Bram Stoker Week 2: This web site and its sister sites may receive promotional copies of review items and other materials from publisher, publicists and other parties.

The surface of the sand stood higher than the rooftops. In time, Jumpei is forced to work and comply, at least superficially, with the demands put on muher he continues to plot abd of breaking out of his buried prison cell.

To purchase, click on image. The Woman in the Dunes is not that kind of book. Yet even well-read fans of literary fiction in the West will hardly recognize his name, let alone know his works. I think, therefore I am cut asunder. Check out our sister sites: Check back each week for a new title I cringe whenever a character falls asleep and the mumer moves into slumber time. Any account of the history of dreamlike fiction needs to acknowledge the importance of Edgar Allan PoeH. The next day, the rope ladder is missing, arwna the teacher realizes that the villagers have no intention of letting him leave.


Rebecca By Daphne Du Maurier. Even after the final page, we are left feeling that, much like the hero of this story, even if we cannot rise to the challenge, we can hardly walk away.

The woman, for her part, welcomes his company and assistance, and shows no interest in helping him escape or in leaving herself. This is my year of horrible reading. In The Women in the DunesAbe repeatedly adopts a clinical perspective more commonly found in a laboratory than a modern novel.

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During the course of the year — if we survive — we will have tackled zombies, serial killers, ghosts, demons, vampires, and monsters of all denominations. Instead he focused on writing, but his interest in science continued to find an outlet in his insect collecting. Life imitates art, huh? Other dream- oriented works settle for smaller effects, teaching us to laugh at the absurdity of the circumstances, but undermining the intensity of the story by the surreal tone.

Ted Gioia writes on music, literature and popular culture.

Carrie By Stephen King Week 5: As it turns out, Niki Jumpei will find himself captured and kept, a human specimen trapped in the same environment in which he had hoped to be the collector. His protagonist analyzes the properties of the sand, constructs hypothesizes, builds ve, designs experiments. You are invited to join me in my annus horribilis.