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Subject: Samurai's Garden
Date Posted: 12/26/2007 10:41 PM ET
Member Since: 3/31/2006
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I finished this book this morning.  It's by Gail Tsukiyama.  It's one of the best books I've read this year!

It takes place in the late 1938s in Japan.  The main character lives in Hong Kong.  His mother is Chinese and his father is Japanese and works in Japan.  He contracts tuberculosis and is sent to Tarumi, Japan to his deceased grandfather's beach house to get his health back.  When he leaves, Japan is beginning it's attack on China.

It's a really wonder book which takes depressing topics (leprosy, for one) and makes them human and uplifting.

I think Tsukiyama has done a wonderful job with this book.  Has anyone else read it?



Date Posted: 12/27/2007 9:04 AM ET
Member Since: 7/23/2006
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Haven't read it, but t's in my TBR, though!  I'm glad to hear it's good!

Date Posted: 12/27/2007 10:58 AM ET
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I received 'The Street of a Thousand Blossoms' for Christmas by the same author.  I'll let you know if it's as good as you say S Garden is.  Thanks for the recommendation.

Date Posted: 12/27/2007 4:40 PM ET
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Jan, yes, please do let me know.  This is an author that I think I'd enjoy more from.

Subject: Wonderful book
Date Posted: 12/29/2007 9:46 PM ET
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I read it a couple of years ago.  I thought it was extremely well done.  Interesting history provided for the name Yamaguchi, which will ring a bell with other ice-skating enthusiasts.

You might also enjoy her book, Women of the Silk.

Subject: Spring Moon
Date Posted: 12/30/2007 8:47 PM ET
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"Spring Moon" by Bette Lord is one of my favorite books--also set in China.  Bette Lord was born in China and emigrated to the U.S.  She has written several books based in China.  Excellent author.  Marian (sunfish)

Date Posted: 12/30/2007 9:50 PM ET
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Yes, I read it and loved it.  Her other books are good also, especially Women of the Silk already mentioned.

Date Posted: 12/30/2007 10:08 PM ET
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(Hi Marian, haven't seen you online in awhile!)

Oh, good!  I'm going to look for her other books.  It's nice to find such well written books by a new author :)