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穴 [Download] ➻ 穴 ➼ Hiroko Oyamada – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 穴とは コトバンク デジタル大辞泉 穴の用語解説 反対側まで突き抜けている空間。「針の―」 深くえぐりとられた所。くぼんだ所。「道に―があく 穴とは コトバンク デジタル大辞泉 穴の用語解説 反対側まで突き抜けている空間。「針の―」 深くえぐりとられた所。くぼんだ所。「道に―があく」「耳の―」㋐金銭の損失。欠損。「帳簿に―があく」㋑必要な物や人が抜けて空白になった所。「人員に―があく」㋒不完全な所。欠点。弱点。「 「穴」の部首・画数・読み方・意味 goo漢字辞典 漢字「穴」の部首・画数・読み方・意味・熟語などが調べられます。 穴あなとは何? Weblio辞書 穴(あな) 穴 くぼみ、へこみ。例えば耳の穴、鼻の穴など。 穴 公営競技などで番狂わせの勝負。ダークホース。例えば穴馬券、穴車券など。一般的な用途に転用されることもある。 穴部 漢字の部首。 映画 穴 年の映画 年の日本映画。 Weblio和英辞書 「穴」の英語・英語例文・英語表現 「穴」は英語でどう表現する?【単語】a hole【例文】A drop of sulfuric acid ate a hole in my lab coat【その他の表現】an opening 万語以上収録!英訳・英文・英単語の使い分けならWeblio英 穴 Wikipedia 穴 | 漢字一字 | 漢字ペディア 「穴」から始まる言葉 穴あな 穴馬あなうま 穴埋めあなうめ 穴蔵・穴倉あなぐら 穴場あなば 穴惑いあなまどい 穴居ケッキョ 同じ部首「 」の漢字 穴 「穴」で始まる言葉 辞書すべて goo辞書 共通する意味 ★表面が低く落ち込んだ所。英 a hole使い方〔穴〕 地面に穴を掘る 穴があったら入りたい=ひどく恥ずかしい〔穴ぼこ〕 穴ぼこに落ち込む 服に穴ぼこがあく〔窪み〕 穴 | 小山田 浩子 |本 | 通販 | それは穴であり、家族に存在を認められない浮世離れした義理の兄であり、 突然現れる謎の生き物であるのだけど。 それらは何かを示唆しているようでいて、特に何の役割も果たさない空虚な存在で。 わけのわからないまま翻弄される事になる。 穴 | オモコロ 穴に吸い込まれて消えてしまった人達お兄さん、友人、隣人、この方々は本当に消えてしまったのでしょうか?」 消えたのでないなら一体。 「穴に吸い込まれて消えるというのは、あまりにも非現実的です。しかし、個人の中で起きている現実ならば 穴とは アナとは 単語記事 ニコニコ大百科 穴 訓あな、音:けつ とは、あけたり掘ったり入れたり埋めたり予想されたりされなかったりするもの。 この項 目 自体 ある意味 穴。 ああなんてことだ。 技術データはめあい公差表(穴) 穴の公差域クラス b~h を越え 以下 b c c d d d e e e f f f g g h h h h h CNNcojp 「MSフライトシム」の新作、地面に巨 穴の中に現れた空港は「ラゴアノバ」という名称で、現実にはリオグランデドノルテ州にある小さな飛行場に過ぎない。フライトシムでこの穴に レトロ系海外ゲーム 洋ゲー通販 穴屋 商号名 穴屋・広島県県公安委員会古物商許可 号 代表 正戸 栄一 個人情報保護ポリシー 特定商取引に関する法律に基づく表示 事務所の所在地 〒 広島県広島市中区中町- オ 雨穴って誰? 読み方は? 素顔は? | オモコロブロ 雨穴のエピソード 雨穴さんに関する噂を集めてみました。果たして本当なんでしょうか? ・朝から夕方まで撮影をしてバーミヤンに行った時、みんなお腹ペコペコでたくさん注文をする中、雨穴は「オーギョーチ」をつだけ食べた スプリンターズSは穴党記者の出番。今の中山の馬 スプリンターズSは穴党記者の出番。 今の中山の馬場に合う頭で大勝負 穴を掘れば、 ウチのビーグル 名前はハウン ハウンが穴を掘っているのを見つけました。理由は分かっています。散歩時間が過ぎても私が出てこないから、穴を掘れば私が出てくると思っているんでしょうね、正解です。危険だから直ぐに直ちに即刻散歩に出発しています。元々ここに何でコンクリートブロックが埋められているかですよ 穴あけのあけってどんな漢字ですか? 日本語 解決 穴・空間・間隔などをつくる。また、間隔を広げる。《明・空》 ⇔ふさぐ ⇔つめる 「鉄板にドリルで穴を―・ける」「机と机の間を少し―・ける」「一行―・けて書く」 中の物を他の場所にうつす。《空・明》 「花瓶の水を流しに―・ける」 ドラッグストアのトイレで不審なのぞき穴を発見し 穴があったよ〜〜〜。 暗くて深い穴。 紙粘土のようなもので一度はふさがれていたところが、また壊されている。 この向こうに誰かが? 私がここに入った時に違和感を感じた理由が、もうひとつある。 それ 穴部 Wikipedia 穴部(けつぶ)は、漢字を部首により分類したグループの一つ。康熙字典部首では番目に置かれる(画の番目、午集の番目)。 「穴」字は洞穴を意味する。人が入ることのできる空間があり、洞穴に野宿することを「穴居」と言った。引伸して洞穴を利用した住居、動物の巣穴、墓穴、物に開けられた穴などを意味する。また動詞として穴を穿つこと 小山田浩子 『穴』 | 新潮社 「穴」の語り手、私すなわち松浦あさひは非正規社員でその立場が正社員と比べてそもそも薄いが、夫の転勤に伴って離職し、田舎に住むことによって社会とのつながりを失ったように感じて、さらに薄くなっていく。松浦あさひはそれに抗う気持ちは持っているものの、それが生まれつき自分に具わった性質、自分が負った運命のようなものと思っているような諦め cojp: 穴 角川ホラー文庫 山本 亜紀子 この「穴」は、手元に残した数少ないものの冊です。他人の私生活を穴から覗き見るというセントラル・アイディアは、おそらく江戸川乱歩先生あたりの影響かと思いますが、その後の展開から結末までは、オリジナリティーあふれる名作だと思います。もう何度もこの本を読んでいますが、いつも結末が近付くにつれ悲しい気持ちになってしまうのです。作者の山本 穴とは アナとは 単語記事 ニコニコ大百科 穴 訓あな、音:けつ とは、あけたり掘ったり入れたり埋めたり予想されたりされなかったりするもの。 この項 目 自体 ある意味 穴。 ああなんてことだ。 穴 | オモコロ 穴に吸い込まれて消えてしまった人達お兄さん、友人、隣人、この方々は本当に消えてしまったのでしょうか?」 消えたのでないなら一体。 「穴に吸い込まれて消えるというのは、あまりにも非現実的です。しかし、個人の中で起きている現実ならば CNNcojp 「MSフライトシム」の新作、地面に巨 穴の中に現れた空港は「ラゴアノバ」という名称で、現実にはリオグランデドノルテ州にある小さな飛行場に過ぎない。フライトシムでこの穴に レトロ系海外ゲーム 洋ゲー通販 穴屋 商号名 穴屋・広島県県公安委員会古物商許可 号 代表 正戸 栄一 個人情報保護ポリシー 特定商取引に関する法律に基づく表示 事務所の所在地 〒 広島県広島市中区中町- オ ANAクラウンプラザホテル大阪 北新地・淀屋橋駅 観光・ビジネスにアクセスが良好なanaクラウンプラザホテル大阪。京都・奈良・神戸などの観光・ビジネスにも便利です。大阪駅・ホテル間の無料シャトルバス有。 スプリンターズSは穴党記者の出番。今の中山の馬 スプリンターズSは穴党記者の出番。 今の中山の馬場に合う頭で大勝負 リアルなはずの「MSフライトシミュレーター 今年月に正式リリースされたMicrosoft Flight Simulator。最新技術と正確なデータが売りなのですが、ブラジルに現実にはないはずの巨大な穴が発見され、ゲーマーたちを驚かせていま.

  • Hardcover
  • 159 pages
  • Hiroko Oyamada
  • Japanese
  • 10 March 2015
  • 9784103336426

About the Author: Hiroko Oyamada

小山田 浩子 is a Japanese writer.



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  1. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    I am soooooo in love with this little gemIt hit the right spot with me like a perfectly delicious flavorful meal when hungryeating exactly what you’re in the mood forMost readers can easily and effortlessly read this in one or two sittings This was a ‘treat’ book for me It’s soooo tempting to write a descriptive reviewshare my thoughts about the layers below the surfaceButI feel it’s best not to share too much I don’t want to influence other readers —it’s best to ‘discover’ what YOU THINK WHAT YOU FEEL be prepared to contemplate several aspects of the story and it’s characters I talked my husband’s ear to death over this story I love him for it He took a wild ride with me down the rabbit hole NOTE this book seems simple on the surface It’s notIf you’re willing to go in blindif you love Japanese storiesIf you are open to a little oddhave appreciation for simplicity covering up complexity an ‘Alice In Wonderland’ spirit don’t mind getting a little muddy your feet dirty and have a desire for a cup of miso soupthen you’re in the right mood for “The Hole” One of my ‘Little GEM’ favorites this year I LOVE ITIt’s the FEELING I’m SOOOO IN LOVE WITHAsa is a character after my own heart I’ll leave a few teaser uotesrather than a summary of the bookThe blurb does a great job with the summary “As I started to walk it seemed like nothing around me was moving The trees were as still as a photograph and the windows in all the houses were shut tight There were no people around No cats no dogs no crows There wasn’t a single sparrow in the sky My eyes were tingling from the heat” The heat was too much to take“The Lack of breeze wasn’t helping either The cries of the cicadas made the air feel even stickier To the right of the path was the river and to the left was a row of houses each with its own rich green garden and walls covered in goya and other vegetables Beyond the leaves and vines no signs of life No one was making a sound—No TVs no vacuums no children The riverbank was full of grass and so we’re parts of the river There were a few birds on the water They looked like herons large and gray The place was overgrown with susuki kudzu and other kinds of grass I’d seen before but couldn’t name Part of the river were murky blue stagnant green or totally black from the blinding sunlight The dry grass almost smelled baked There was a big wet pile of brown excrement on the path in front of me probably left by a dog On top of it or a couple of silvery flies For them it was the top of a mountain of food “I fell into a hole It was probably four or five feet deep but I’d managed to land on my feet I looked around the grass— now at eye level— but the animal was nowhere to be found I heard the grass rustling nearby but before long the sound stopped” “I realized how narrow the hole really was It almost felt as though the hole was exactly my size—a trap made just for me The bottom of the hole was covered with something dry maybe did grass or straw” “You okay? I heard a voice behind me The sound of the cicadas receded into the distance I turned around and saw the lace hem of a long white skirt Under it unpainted toenails peeking out of a pair of brown sandals” “People always fail to notice things Animals cicadas patches of melted ice cream on the ground the neighborhood shutin But what would you expect? It seems like most folks don’t see what they don’t want to see” Thank youwith my sincerest heartfor the advance enjoyment toread Oyamada’s new book I’ve read others have bought others still to read So a big thank you Hiroko Oyamada I love her writing her stories Pure enjoyment for my mind heart soulThank you NetgalleyThank you ‘New Directions’ publishing 📚😊

  2. lark benobi lark benobi says:

    There is a comfortable allegorical framework that gives this novel its shape the idea of daily life as a kind of trap in which all of us inevitably fall that immobilizes and suffocates us and condemns us to leading useless lives just like the last generation but the way Oyamada leads us through that allegory is a deliciously eerie horror story The narrator of the story is isolated from her family her work her friends her husband; and when she and her husband move back to her husband's rural community her isolation becomes a kind of living nightmare where ordinary things become horrific and she loses every sense of how to measure her experiences against any kind of normalcy The flat observational tone and the accumulation of detail work so well here I experienced the remarkable truth as I read that the act of observing one's everyday life experiences too closely leads to a kind of waking horror where even a smile when thought about too long becomes grotesue and threatening There is a kind of stasis in this horror story that reminded me of the classic Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe There is the same remarkable alienation described here where the protagonist moves from an urban environment to a rural traditional village in Japan where everyone but she knows what's going on The exuisite attention to detail whether it be the descriptions of the strange animal in the woods or an unfamiliar beetle or the ear piercing shrill cries of the cicadas or the many other accumulating wonders of observation Oyamada makes really made this a wonderfully unsettling read

  3. Brianna Brianna says:

    I'm not sure if the translation is lacking or if this is just flat over all The Hole reminds me of my middle school days assigned a classic that I couldn't comprehend why it was a classic I knew there was probably some deeper meaning there but I couldn't get to it there was no meat for me to sink my teeth into

  4. Jessica Woodbury Jessica Woodbury says:

    35 stars A surrealist little read I keep running into books where I have to say This is maybe not such a great pick for uarantine but this is the first one where I have the opposite reaction This may actually be a book people find suddenly interesting and relatable because of uarantine Asahi's husband gets a great new job and his parents offer to let them stay in their rental home for free It's one of those perfect situations and one that allows Asahi to uit her temp job that was never going to turn permanent while they also get to save money But nothing goes uite as Asahi thought it would At first it is just adjusting to the uiet of the country and the emptiness of her days while everyone around her except for her husband's aging grandfather works a full day The hours and days blend together see what I mean about how it is suddenly relatable?? but then they become something else that I will leave for you to discover The CarrollLynchTotoro comps of the marketing copy are not so far off there is a fantastical child like nature to all of it even if there is also a sense of potential dread or threat around every turn This is one of those books where you could spend a long time wondering What It All Means but I didn't see the need for it I enjoyed it without overthinking For people who have read less Japanese lit this may feel flat and strange but it could also be a good entry point because of its focus and brevity In some ways I think it addresses many of the themes you see from writers like Sayaka Murata even if it does it in drastically different ways

  5. Danni Faith Danni Faith says:

    This is the second novel I've read from this author and I think I understand her style That's really it This book starts fine then gets weird and then gets even weirder and then ends

  6. Neha Neha says:

    This is definitely a book that took me a while to get and I even re read it During my first read through I flew through this book and the I read the confused I got The novel doesn't have a strong narrative plot pushing it but I think that's the beauty of it During my second read through I did realized the intention of this The main character after she uits her job and moved to the country with her husband faces spending her days alone in an empty house with nothing to do From here the story takes off and gets weirder and weirder with each event She faces emotions we have all faced such as of isolation and loneliness with no goals in her life to drive her forward Maybe its her boredom or her isolation forcing her brain to project her feelings and somehow creating these odd physical manifestation This is entirely up to the reader to decide This book is packed full of literary devices and you could spend ions diving into all the metaphors and symbols Due to this this book will either be a hit or will fall flat for other It is short enough that I still recommend you pick it upA received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinions

  7. Story Story says:

    When Asa's husband gets a new job in the small town where he was born she is happy to leave the city and her unfulfilling dead end job and move to a rent free house provided by her in laws Only after she arrives does she begin very slowly to notice that the seemingly dull little town is a rather odd place Why is it always so hot and humid? Why are there so many insects? Why are there so many weird and uncanny children around?And then one day while on a walk she falls into a hole and from then on life becomes and mysterious and macabreI enjoyed the Japanese setting and Gothic atmosphere of this novella though the ending was so subtle I needed to reflect on it for a while before I 'got' it 35 starsThank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this novella in exchange for a fair review

  8. SundayAtDusk SundayAtDusk says:

    This novella is a Twilight Zone type of story and I do like paranormal stories of that type but had trouble finding meaning in this one My best guess is life can be like a dark hole when you have no genuine emotional connection to others including the adults you are related to as well as children and animals Conversations are superficial odd or nonexistent Daily life is just eating sleeping shopping working or worrying about not working But it’s not such a deep dark hole that you can’t pull yourself out of it by being aware of why you fell in it in the first placeNote I received a free e ARC of this book from NetGalley and the author or publisher

  9. Kangsoon Kangsoon says:

    Whenever I read Japanese novels I can feel the prominent sense of uncertainty and isolation as if it haunts the whole Japanese population Earthuakes the culture of hikikomoriひきこもり and the end of the lifelong employment しゅうしんこよう come to my mind for possible culprits Hiroko Oyamada's short novel The Hole is not an exception At the beginning of the novel the narrator Asa is talking to her coworker about the sorrow of non permanent employment When she moves to a country side as her husband Muneaki gets transferred closer to his mother's house she needs to uit her job and becomes jobless Somehow she does not know what her husband does or her mother in low does Hiroko Oaymada's earlier novel The Factory tells the reader what each of three main characters does but each character does not know what the company the factory actually does though they work or live in the company townIn The Factory this corporate town has strange animals including a lizard living on lint at the cleaning facilities and in The Hole there is a strange black animal as if now the world itself became a corporation Asa without a job and isolated has to navigate the strange town where cicadas are deafening and a strange black animal is roaming and then she falls into a holeI found The Hole is entertaining and mature than experimental The Factory where three narrators with similar tones and even timelines get entangled Both confirm that jobs are holesThank you NetGalley for the advance copy of the book

  10. Liza Liza says:

    This book was mundanely strange with over explained allusions to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Translated from the original Japanese by David Boyd this book tells the short tale 112 pages of a woman Asa who has followed her husband back to his hometown when he gets a new project at work They move into the house next to his parents’ for free and Asa who left her job to move here becomes a bit bored and adrift at home all day without a car or her own money She passes her time painting her nails watching her grandfather in law overwater his garden while grinning like a faceless cheshire cat and cooking for her husband who seems to care about his phone than his wife Then while running an errand for her mother in law Asa finds herself following a black mangy creature very different than the white rabbit in a waistcoat toward the river and falls into a hole that comes up to her neck From this moment on life becomes a little surreal but not terribly so She meets a man who may or may not be a secret brother in law cum pseudo hermit encounters a number of children who seem to appear out of nowhere in the town of retirees and is bombarded by the incessant sound of brown cicadas Perhaps I’m just not clever enough to follow this story but for me the adventure was just a bit too subtle and aimless Would love to hear different opinions

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10 thoughts on “

  1. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    I am soooooo in love with this little gemIt hit the right spot with me like a perfectly delicious flavorful meal when hungryeating exactly what you’re in the mood forMost readers can easily and effortlessly read this in one or two sittings This was a ‘treat’ book for me It’s soooo tempting to write a descriptive reviewshare my thoughts about the layers below the surfaceButI feel it’s best not to share too much I don’t want to influence other readers —it’s best to ‘discover’ what YOU THINK WHAT YOU FEEL be prepared to contemplate several aspects of the story and it’s characters I talked my husband’s ear to death over this story I love him for it He took a wild ride with me down the rabbit hole NOTE this book seems simple on the surface It’s notIf you’re willing to go in blindif you love Japanese storiesIf you are open to a little oddhave appreciation for simplicity covering up complexity an ‘Alice In Wonderland’ spirit don’t mind getting a little muddy your feet dirty and have a desire for a cup of miso soupthen you’re in the right mood for “The Hole” One of my ‘Little GEM’ favorites this year I LOVE ITIt’s the FEELING I’m SOOOO IN LOVE WITHAsa is a character after my own heart I’ll leave a few teaser uotesrather than a summary of the bookThe blurb does a great job with the summary “As I started to walk it seemed like nothing around me was moving The trees were as still as a photograph and the windows in all the houses were shut tight There were no people around No cats no dogs no crows There wasn’t a single sparrow in the sky My eyes were tingling from the heat” The heat was too much to take“The Lack of breeze wasn’t helping either The cries of the cicadas made the air feel even stickier To the right of the path was the river and to the left was a row of houses each with its own rich green garden and walls covered in goya and other vegetables Beyond the leaves and vines no signs of life No one was making a sound—No TVs no vacuums no children The riverbank was full of grass and so we’re parts of the river There were a few birds on the water They looked like herons large and gray The place was overgrown with susuki kudzu and other kinds of grass I’d seen before but couldn’t name Part of the river were murky blue stagnant green or totally black from the blinding sunlight The dry grass almost smelled baked There was a big wet pile of brown excrement on the path in front of me probably left by a dog On top of it or a couple of silvery flies For them it was the top of a mountain of food “I fell into a hole It was probably four or five feet deep but I’d managed to land on my feet I looked around the grass— now at eye level— but the animal was nowhere to be found I heard the grass rustling nearby but before long the sound stopped” “I realized how narrow the hole really was It almost felt as though the hole was exactly my size—a trap made just for me The bottom of the hole was covered with something dry maybe did grass or straw” “You okay? I heard a voice behind me The sound of the cicadas receded into the distance I turned around and saw the lace hem of a long white skirt Under it unpainted toenails peeking out of a pair of brown sandals” “People always fail to notice things Animals cicadas patches of melted ice cream on the ground the neighborhood shutin But what would you expect? It seems like most folks don’t see what they don’t want to see” Thank youwith my sincerest heartfor the advance enjoyment toread Oyamada’s new book I’ve read others have bought others still to read So a big thank you Hiroko Oyamada I love her writing her stories Pure enjoyment for my mind heart soulThank you NetgalleyThank you ‘New Directions’ publishing 📚😊

  2. lark benobi lark benobi says:

    There is a comfortable allegorical framework that gives this novel its shape the idea of daily life as a kind of trap in which all of us inevitably fall that immobilizes and suffocates us and condemns us to leading useless lives just like the last generation but the way Oyamada leads us through that allegory is a deliciously eerie horror story The narrator of the story is isolated from her family her work her friends her husband; and when she and her husband move back to her husband's rural community her isolation becomes a kind of living nightmare where ordinary things become horrific and she loses every sense of how to measure her experiences against any kind of normalcy The flat observational tone and the accumulation of detail work so well here I experienced the remarkable truth as I read that the act of observing one's everyday life experiences too closely leads to a kind of waking horror where even a smile when thought about too long becomes grotesue and threatening There is a kind of stasis in this horror story that reminded me of the classic Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe There is the same remarkable alienation described here where the protagonist moves from an urban environment to a rural traditional village in Japan where everyone but she knows what's going on The exuisite attention to detail whether it be the descriptions of the strange animal in the woods or an unfamiliar beetle or the ear piercing shrill cries of the cicadas or the many other accumulating wonders of observation Oyamada makes really made this a wonderfully unsettling read

  3. Brianna Brianna says:

    I'm not sure if the translation is lacking or if this is just flat over all The Hole reminds me of my middle school days assigned a classic that I couldn't comprehend why it was a classic I knew there was probably some deeper meaning there but I couldn't get to it there was no meat for me to sink my teeth into

  4. Jessica Woodbury Jessica Woodbury says:

    35 stars A surrealist little read I keep running into books where I have to say This is maybe not such a great pick for uarantine but this is the first one where I have the opposite reaction This may actually be a book people find suddenly interesting and relatable because of uarantine Asahi's husband gets a great new job and his parents offer to let them stay in their rental home for free It's one of those perfect situations and one that allows Asahi to uit her temp job that was never going to turn permanent while they also get to save money But nothing goes uite as Asahi thought it would At first it is just adjusting to the uiet of the country and the emptiness of her days while everyone around her except for her husband's aging grandfather works a full day The hours and days blend together see what I mean about how it is suddenly relatable?? but then they become something else that I will leave for you to discover The CarrollLynchTotoro comps of the marketing copy are not so far off there is a fantastical child like nature to all of it even if there is also a sense of potential dread or threat around every turn This is one of those books where you could spend a long time wondering What It All Means but I didn't see the need for it I enjoyed it without overthinking For people who have read less Japanese lit this may feel flat and strange but it could also be a good entry point because of its focus and brevity In some ways I think it addresses many of the themes you see from writers like Sayaka Murata even if it does it in drastically different ways

  5. Danni Faith Danni Faith says:

    This is the second novel I've read from this author and I think I understand her style That's really it This book starts fine then gets weird and then gets even weirder and then ends

  6. Neha Neha says:

    This is definitely a book that took me a while to get and I even re read it During my first read through I flew through this book and the I read the confused I got The novel doesn't have a strong narrative plot pushing it but I think that's the beauty of it During my second read through I did realized the intention of this The main character after she uits her job and moved to the country with her husband faces spending her days alone in an empty house with nothing to do From here the story takes off and gets weirder and weirder with each event She faces emotions we have all faced such as of isolation and loneliness with no goals in her life to drive her forward Maybe its her boredom or her isolation forcing her brain to project her feelings and somehow creating these odd physical manifestation This is entirely up to the reader to decide This book is packed full of literary devices and you could spend ions diving into all the metaphors and symbols Due to this this book will either be a hit or will fall flat for other It is short enough that I still recommend you pick it upA received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinions

  7. Story Story says:

    When Asa's husband gets a new job in the small town where he was born she is happy to leave the city and her unfulfilling dead end job and move to a rent free house provided by her in laws Only after she arrives does she begin very slowly to notice that the seemingly dull little town is a rather odd place Why is it always so hot and humid? Why are there so many insects? Why are there so many weird and uncanny children around?And then one day while on a walk she falls into a hole and from then on life becomes and mysterious and macabreI enjoyed the Japanese setting and Gothic atmosphere of this novella though the ending was so subtle I needed to reflect on it for a while before I 'got' it 35 starsThank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this novella in exchange for a fair review

  8. SundayAtDusk SundayAtDusk says:

    This novella is a Twilight Zone type of story and I do like paranormal stories of that type but had trouble finding meaning in this one My best guess is life can be like a dark hole when you have no genuine emotional connection to others including the adults you are related to as well as children and animals Conversations are superficial odd or nonexistent Daily life is just eating sleeping shopping working or worrying about not working But it’s not such a deep dark hole that you can’t pull yourself out of it by being aware of why you fell in it in the first placeNote I received a free e ARC of this book from NetGalley and the author or publisher

  9. Kangsoon Kangsoon says:

    Whenever I read Japanese novels I can feel the prominent sense of uncertainty and isolation as if it haunts the whole Japanese population Earthuakes the culture of hikikomoriひきこもり and the end of the lifelong employment しゅうしんこよう come to my mind for possible culprits Hiroko Oyamada's short novel The Hole is not an exception At the beginning of the novel the narrator Asa is talking to her coworker about the sorrow of non permanent employment When she moves to a country side as her husband Muneaki gets transferred closer to his mother's house she needs to uit her job and becomes jobless Somehow she does not know what her husband does or her mother in low does Hiroko Oaymada's earlier novel The Factory tells the reader what each of three main characters does but each character does not know what the company the factory actually does though they work or live in the company townIn The Factory this corporate town has strange animals including a lizard living on lint at the cleaning facilities and in The Hole there is a strange black animal as if now the world itself became a corporation Asa without a job and isolated has to navigate the strange town where cicadas are deafening and a strange black animal is roaming and then she falls into a holeI found The Hole is entertaining and mature than experimental The Factory where three narrators with similar tones and even timelines get entangled Both confirm that jobs are holesThank you NetGalley for the advance copy of the book

  10. Liza Liza says:

    This book was mundanely strange with over explained allusions to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Translated from the original Japanese by David Boyd this book tells the short tale 112 pages of a woman Asa who has followed her husband back to his hometown when he gets a new project at work They move into the house next to his parents’ for free and Asa who left her job to move here becomes a bit bored and adrift at home all day without a car or her own money She passes her time painting her nails watching her grandfather in law overwater his garden while grinning like a faceless cheshire cat and cooking for her husband who seems to care about his phone than his wife Then while running an errand for her mother in law Asa finds herself following a black mangy creature very different than the white rabbit in a waistcoat toward the river and falls into a hole that comes up to her neck From this moment on life becomes a little surreal but not terribly so She meets a man who may or may not be a secret brother in law cum pseudo hermit encounters a number of children who seem to appear out of nowhere in the town of retirees and is bombarded by the incessant sound of brown cicadas Perhaps I’m just not clever enough to follow this story but for me the adventure was just a bit too subtle and aimless Would love to hear different opinions

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