Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.

This week’s book:

The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe

9998Blurb from Goodreads

The Woman in the Dunes, by celebrated writer and thinker Kobo Abe, combines the essence of myth, suspense and the existential novel.

After missing the last bus home following a day trip to the seashore, an amateur entomologist is offered lodging for the night at the bottom of a vast sand pit. But when he attempts to leave the next morning, he quickly discovers that the locals have other plans. Held captive with seemingly no chance of escape, he is tasked with shoveling back the ever-advancing sand dunes that threaten to destroy the village. His only companion is an odd young woman, and together their fates become intertwined as they work side by side through this Sisyphean of tasks.

Why I Want To Read It

As you very well know, I am in the midst of a Japanese Literature reading month. In this regard, I’m listing works by Japanese authors which are part of my to-be read list. With the diversity and extent of Japanese literature, I have quite a long list of Japanese works I am raring to read.

One Japanese author I am not quite familiar with is Kōbō Abe, which I have learn is a pseudonym used by  Kimifusa Abe. Apart from being a novelist, he is known to be a musician, playwright and inventor. He is a modernist that drew comparison to Franz Kafka. Wow, I didn’t realize that he has such a long resume! Now I am even more interested. Of his novels, The Woman in the Dunes is one that I kept encountering in must-read lists. It is, therefore, his first work that I want to read. 

First things first though – I must obtain a copy of the book.

I wish everyone a great week ahead! And as always, happy reading!