5 member(s) found this review helpful.
I enjoy Japanese fiction and this is an interesting book. It is a love story set in feudal Japan. Good read.
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This is a lovely piece of historical fiction in an age not frequently written about--feudal Japan. It gives the reader wonderful insights into how Japanese society functioned then and what its values were. It is written in a similarly unusual style, almost as if the book were trying to represent the spare Japanese esthetic most usually expressed in a Haiku verse. In its entirety, the book tells a wonderful love story of a different time based on different values and expectations....and the story of that love intertwined with the story of four children whose lives intersected at one point in time that marked each of them forever.
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I didn't finish reading this as it quickly fell to the bottom of my 'to be read' list. The first half of the book didn't grab me in a strong manner, which led me to care less about the ending. I'm sure eventually I will finish it but I doubt it will enrich me.