On My Wishlist (#6) March 17, 2012Posted by thehypermonkey in Book talk.
Tags: book talk, kobo abe, the ruined map, wish list
On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It’s where we list all the books we desperately want but haven’t actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It’s also an event that you can join in with too – Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own ‘On My Wishlist’ post. If you want to know more click here.
by Kobo Abe
Mr. Nemuro, a respected salesman, disappeared over half a year ago, but only now does his alluring yet alcoholic wife hire a private eye. The nameless detective has but two clues: a photo and a matchbook. With these he embarks upon an ever more puzzling pursuit that leads him into the depths of Tokyo’s dangerous underworld, where he begins to lose the boundaries of his own identity. Surreal, fast-paced, and hauntingly dreamlike, Abe’s masterly novel delves into the unknowable mysteries of the human mind.
I’ve already read one book by Kobo Abe, which is The Woman in the Dunes and I’ll review that next week. I enjoyed it very much and I have another book of his on my nightstand, The Box Man, that I’m looking forward to reading. Understandably, The Ruined Map is high on my wish list.
Once I get a hold of a certain author, I want to read every single work they’ve ever written. I become enamored of them and carry on a certain love affair with their writings.
Have you ever become so gripped by an author that you’ve had to read every single book they’ve ever written? If so, who was it? If not, why not?