A Certain Mr.Takahashi
ISBN: 0770421296 Global Overview for this book
4 journalers for this copy...
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Left the book somewhere in the mall. Sorry I can't be more specific. [It could be in the visitor information kiosk near the medical centre.]
a) I've read it;
b) I've probably got a copy lying around; and
c) I had just passed a couple of girls, one of whom said to the other, "I hope we find one." and in my little one track mind decided they were hunting too (not looking for grad dresses, Easter baskets or any such thing).
But I couldn't resist just one. So I nicked this one and left another Canadian book in its place. Thanks LazyDaisy!
Jean and Colette are sisters, a year apart. When they are in their early teens, Mr. Takahashi, a famous concert pianist, perhaps in his late twenties, moves in next door and the girls are infatuated.
What starts out as a delightful tale of the antics these two girls get up to in "stalking" and "playing with" this seemingly indulgent and eccentric celebrity turns gradually into something much darker when as adults, at a family celebration, they recall their childhood fairytale and one sister believes she has been betrayed by the other.
I enjoyed this story, especially from the perspective of the relationship between the two sisters as children and later on as adults. Their parents' roles were interesting too, although on a lesser scale, especially the mother's. I pondered whether it was odd that the mother allowed her two daughters to go off with the pianist unchaperoned. It amused me that she ran out and bought them both new clothes at the last minute to go to this concert - definitely a person to whom "appearances" are important. But clearly the most significant relationship in the family was that between the sisters.
Overall a well-written and engaging story.
This is my seventh book by a female author, and eleventh overall for the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge, Eh?
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Hey gypsysmom, I nicked your Canadian contribution off the OBCZ shelf, so I felt duty bound to replace it with some Canadian books of my own. This is one of them.
It's on the shelf in the loft. Enjoy!
Hope you enjoy it tikkun-olum!