Kōdansha, 2014. 307 pp. ¥1,600. ISBN 978-4-06-218774-9.
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Intrigued by the man’s words, the narrator, usually proud of being a deep sleeper who never dreams, becomes aware of the dream world. Under the roofer’s tutelage she begins to meet him while asleep and the two go on journeys together. They fly from Japanese temples to Gothic cathedrals in France, in a series of trips taking them from large building to large building. For the narrator, it is an experience of freedom and adventure away from her husband and high-school-aged son. However, strong feelings begin to grow between the narrator and the roofer, and they go beyond being simply dream companions.
With a light touch, the author deftly captures the shifting emotions of a housewife yearning for liftoff from everyday life and outlines a fantastical version of love. This feeling emerges at the mysterious borderlands of love, “where materialism, lust, and anything like ego vanish along with the body.” (NK)
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