I Haven’t Dreamed of Flying for a While changed me. I cannot say that I have gained different perspectives on the world and humanity, but I can feel it changed me somewhere deep inside. A productive and colourful author, Taichi Yamada is a highly respected and award-winning author in Japan. Most of his books have been translated into many languages and met with his readers.
I Haven’t Dreamed of Flying for a While, can be summed up as a novel on love and loss, but the love is way different in this book. Characters, on the other hand, attract people with their unique and interesting ways. You will find yourself not in the characters, but strangely in the story.
There is an impossible situation in the story, but it feels natural, so you get to read all the foolishness with pleasure. The author’s genius shows itself at these moments. I can say that I remembered why I loved Japanese literature so much with this book. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too.
I Haven’t Dreamed of Flying for a While
After accident, illness, and the loss of his job and marriage, forty-eight-year-old Taura meets Mutsuko, setting his already derailed life even further off course. Their first encounter is, unseen, in an overcrowded hospital. It later transpires that the mysterious Mutsuko is in her late sixties, but when they next meet she is younger, in her forties, and the two seemingly fall in love. With Mutsuko’s age decreasing each time they meet, however, time rapidly starts to run out for these two damaged souls. Short and enigmatic, Yamada’s novel is a bold and disturbing exploration of love and loss.
Taichi Yamada is a Japanese screenwriter and novelist. His real name is Taichi Ishizaka.
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