Yume No Hon: The Book of Dreams

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Yume No Hon: The Book of Dreams
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Red cover of Yume No Hon: The Book of Dreams
Author Catherynne M. Valente
Country United States
Language English
Genre Postmodern fantasy novel
Published 2005 (Prime Books)
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 152 pp
ISBN 0-8095-1087-1
OCLC 61207669

Yume No Hon: The Book of Dreams (2005) is a novel about a woman living as a hermit in ancient Japan written by Catherynne M. Valente.

Plot summary[edit]

After her village is destroyed, Ayako lives alone in the mountains.[1] Weaving through Ayako's life are her dreams; she explores the mythologies of goddesses from around the world and receives lessons from the river, mountain, and animals, who speak to her while the people from the village below dare only to leave offerings for her.


Ayako's dreams touch upon a variety of literary, mythological, and religious subjects, ranging from the Greek Sphinx to Isis' recreation of Osiris' body.


  1. ^ Catheynne M. Valente: Yume no Hon: The Book of Dreams. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 7, 2008. Retrieved December 4, 2008. . Retrieved 2008-12-19.

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