taralovesbooks’ #CBR4 Review #49: The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
Cannonball Read IV: Book #49/52
Genre: Japanese Literature
I picked this book up because it sounded really weird. A man named Niki is out collecting insects for his bug collection when he is kidnapped in this weird village near the sea. The sand dunes will destroy the city unless the inhabitants spend hours a day digging sand out from around their houses. This causes all of the houses to be inside of large holes in the sand that are impossible to escape from. Niki is left inside of one with a woman to help her dig the sand. People from above drop off supplies and water, so Niki and the woman are completely dependent on them to live. If they don’t dig, they don’t get supplies or water.