Number 9 Dream

By David Mitchell
Number 9 Dream
The cover is a Japanese bullet train curled into the shape of a 9.

I’m not sure what the title refers to—maybe I need to read it again?  But this is an exquisite coming of age novel, set in contemporary Tokyo.

The protagonist is a very lost and confused teenage boy who habitually retreats into fantasy.  The narration drifts seamlessly into and out of his fantasy world, until he finds it possible to deal with the reality around him.

The protagonist’s focus is to find his father and find the truth of his (probably shameful) birth, a realistic fixation for anyone.

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