Number9Dream by David Mitchell

6820Years after his sister’s death and his mother’s breakdown, Eiji Miyake decides to travel to Tokyo to find his father who abandoned them long ago. As he tries to figure out how to meet with his father without his controlling step-mother finding out, Eiji continuously runs into bad luck and unfortunate circumstances. Will he be able to find the answers to the growing number of questions that plague him, or will Eiji be left even more lost than when he began?

By finishing this book I can now say that I have read every book that David Mitchell has written. And it did not disappoint.

Number9Dream was probably one of Michell’s weirder novels, written as dreams and reality weaving in and out of one another. But it wasn’t even just the dreams that were the weird part. The circumstances Eiji found himself in while in Tokyo were bizarre and would leave anyone disoriented and wondering what was happening. It also reminded me a lot of Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. Not only were they both coming-of-age stories about young men in Tokyo, but I thought the writing styles were similar and they had some of the same themes.

Although not my favorite Mitchell book (The Bone Clocks still holds that place), I enjoyed Number9Dream more than some of his other novels. While a bit confusing at times, I found the story entertaining and captivating enough to keep me hooked and wanting to know more.

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