The Gardens of Kyoto: A Novel

by Kate Walbert | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0684869497 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 2/27/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Monday, February 27, 2006
From the Publisher

I had a cousin, Randall, killed on Iwo Jima. Have I told you?

So begins Kate Walbert''s beautiful and heartbreaking novel about a young woman, Ellen, coming of age in the long shadow of World War II. Forty years later she relates the events of this period, beginning with the death of her favorite cousin, Randall, with whom she shared Easter Sundays, childhood secrets, and, perhaps, the first taste of love. When he dies on Iwo Jima, she turns to the legacy he left her: his diary and a book called The Gardens of Kyoto. Each one subtly influences her perception of her place in the world, the nature of her memories.

Moving back and forth through time and place, Kate Walbert recreates a world touched by the shadows of war and a society in which women fit their desires into prescribed roles. Unfolding in lyrical, seductive prose, The Gardens of Kyoto becomes a mesmerizing exploration of the interplay of love and loss.


Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, December 28, 2006
This book is a very lyrical look at a young girl coming of age in the era of the 1940's and 50s. It starts out with the death of her cousin and his bequeath to her. The story changes time a fair bit and this detracts from the story as the most curious of us want to know the story now and not interspersed between time periods. Although well written the story is not fully told ever

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, January 23, 2007
mailed today to KarinAlyssa who picked this as a replacement book in the Historical Fiction Swap

Journal Entry 4 by KarinAlyssa on Sunday, February 04, 2007
Received on Friday, thank you Ace!!! I can't wait to have the time to read it.

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