A Certain Mr.Takahashi

by Ann Ireland | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0770421296 Global Overview for this book
Registered by LazyDaisy0413 of Cartier, Manitoba Canada on 8/8/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by LazyDaisy0413 from Cartier, Manitoba Canada on Monday, August 08, 2005
Books by the pound (approx. 7¢).

Journal Entry 2 by LazyDaisy0413 at cityplace Shopping Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Saturday, March 15, 2008

Released 12 yrs ago (3/15/2008 UTC) at cityplace Shopping Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

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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.]

Journal Entry 3 by wingPooker3wing from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Saturday, March 15, 2008
So, I couldn't help myself, eh. LD, you release books in my 'hood, I'm gonna look for them. I thought I showed considerable restraint really, I waited 6 hours. And, even though I would have liked to hunt down the Men With Brooms, I decided it should go to one of the Brier goers. Furthermore, I did see A Jest of God on my travels, but let it lie because:
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!

Journal Entry 4 by wingPooker3wing from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Monday, September 08, 2008
Remember what it was like when you were, say twelve, and totally *in love* with a certain rock musician and you plastered your walls with photos pulled from "Tiger Beat"? Okay, maybe I'm showing my age. Is Tiger Beat even still around? But what if your true love moved in next door to you? And what if your sister was totally in love with him too? And what if the beloved paid attention to you both?

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?

Journal Entry 5 by wingPooker3wing at Park Theatre & Movie Cafe in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Sunday, September 21, 2008

Released 12 yrs ago (9/21/2008 UTC) at Park Theatre & Movie Cafe in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

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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!

Journal Entry 6 by judysh from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Monday, September 22, 2008
Looking forward to reading this book. Thanks.

Journal Entry 7 by wingwinnipegobczwing from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Sunday, September 28, 2008
Taken home before I had a chance to journal it!!

Hope you enjoy it tikkun-olum!

Journal Entry 8 by judysh at Urgent Care in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Sunday, October 19, 2008

Released 12 yrs ago (10/20/2008 UTC) at Urgent Care in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

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