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The Woman in the Dunes - E. Dale Saunders, Kōbō Abe
Niki Jumpei is a teacher, but his true passion is entomology. His biggest dream is to discover a new type of insect and have his name written in the encyclopedias of that science. After thorough study he has decided that his luck will be in the desert, in the sand it's very possible that a beetle would have involved in order to survive. So he decides to take a trip and search in the desert. After many hours of walking and searching in the sand he meets a villager that informs him that the last bus has already left and he agrees to stay the night in one of the houses in the village. 
This is when his nightmare begins. They accommodate him in a house in the bottom of a pit created by the sand dunes, in which only a woman lives. Every night she has to dig through the sand walls in order to protect the house and that very first night he helps her. But the dawn comes and no one lets him out of the pit, neither a word is said of him going away. This is when he understands that something is amiss. As the days go by he tries various ways of escape, but all of them fail.
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Hotel Iris - Yōko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder

When I first read the summary of Hotel Iris I didn't know what to expect. The pain and pleasure, would it be that of Marquis de Sade or something soft and mildly shocking? Either way, it managed to grab my attention and I dug into it with great interest.

Mari is a seventeen year old girl, who lives with her controlling mother. They own an old and neglected hotel, the Iris. One night a past-middle-aged man checks in with a prostitute, but during the night they cause a disturbance and they are turned out of the hotel. Mari is drawn to the tone of the voice of that man, which is firm and commanding. Some days later she meets him outside and they start talking. Eventually they form a relationship, hidden from Mari's mother and the man, who we learn is a translator, iniciates Mari to pleasure and pain.

Full review at: http://thereadingarmchair.blogspot.gr/2015/04/review-hotel-iris-by-yoko-ogawa.html 

Review of Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

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Review of Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell


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number9dream by David Mitchell

What is a dream and what is reality? How many possibilities exist and how many of them unfold before us? How much does it cost to let go of your ghosts? number9dreamexplores all those questions and leaves the reader ready to experience life as a result of those endless possibilities. And the feeling is present from the very first chapter. 


Full review at http://thereadingarmchair.blogspot.gr/2015/01/number9dream-by-david-mitchell.html

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Ghostwritten by David Mitchell

Ghostwritten is one of those books that lingers in your mind long after you have finished reading it. It's made of nine stories, placed in different places in the world. The narrators are so different people, with so varying pasts and futures that on the surface there is no connection between them. But until the very last page you know that what brings them together is chance. Indeed, this is a novel based upon the idea of chance.


Full review at http://thereadingarmchair.blogspot.gr/2015/01/ghostwritten-by-david-mitchell.html

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