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From Amazon customer review:
This novel defies categorization, which confounds the marketing people. In its original form, it seemed to have a romance novel cover and appeal. On the contrary, it is in the tradition of Thornbirds or Raj Quartet. This is a tragic story of an ainoko, or Japanese son of an American GI during the U.S. Occupation. A scathing and realistic depiction of America's military presence and its ethnocentricism, it contrasts sharply with the sad life of Heinie, the half-breed who is rejected as well by the purists of the Japanese culture. The work is written by former film star,Jan Merlin, whose face is familiar to movie goers and television fans of the 50s and 60s as one of the most notorious villains. Here he shows why he won an Emmy for his writing for television in 1976. The story contains a harrowing view of Hiroshima after nuclear conflagration and the Japanese theatre world after the war. Like many great epic stories, this one defies a single label. It is for readers to rediscover and to cherish, as they surely will. Highly recommended