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Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2001.

The second novel from the critically acclaimed author of Ghostwritten and Cloud Atlas.

As Eiji Miyake's 20th birthday nears, he arrives in Tokyo with a mission - to locate the father he has never met. 

So begins a search that takes him into the seething city's underworld, its lost property offices and video arcades, and on a journey that zigzags from reality to the realm of dreams. But until Eiji has fallen in love and exorcised his childhood demons, the belonging he craves will remain, tantalizingly, just beyond his grasp.

©2001 David Mitchell (P)2001 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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A great story badly pronounced

The story is set in Japan, so I think the reader should have some understanding of the Japanese language and how it’s pronounced. Although people who haven’t lived in Japan or don’t know Japanese might not notice, some of us who do live in Japan, as David Mitchell did, might be put off, as I was, by the constant mispronunciations of Japanese words. I think that for books set in foreign countries or translated books, the narrator should have some familiarity with the original language.

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  • Marguerite Krikhaar
  • 11-14-20

An Adventure of Grand Proportions

After listening to this novel, my brain feels it has been used in a pinball game machine. More twists and turns than a bowl of spaghetti. Brilliant and highly entertaining.

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  • Boggy of Bucks
  • 05-25-21

Top marks

David Mitchell seems capable of writing stories with a totally authentic voice, whatever the genre. Having consumed the works of Haruki Murakami with a passion over the years, I don’t think I could have easily discerned Number9dream as an imposter. From my perspective that is high praise.
The narrator was a perfect choice for this book. Really excellent.

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  • adam smith
  • 07-26-22

David Mitchell on top form

A great book. Very entertaining, imaginative and full of twists and turns. I recommend it.

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  • 09-07-21

Definitely his worst moment

This book takes a long while to get anywhere, and when it does it's underwhelming.

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  • 03-16-21

excellent story and narration

if you like David Mitchell or a fun and slightly mind bending story that will keep you guessing and thinking, this won't leave you disappointed.

Fantastic narration - Daniel made an an excellent book even better