Cranes at Dusk

by Hisako Matsubara | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780708830703 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAnnimanniwing of Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 4/27/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAnnimanniwing from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, April 27, 2008
From the back:

"Kyoto, August 1945. Japan's great cities lay in ashes, and something terrible had happened to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In Kyoto, life went on. Had the Americans forgotten Kyoto?

The silk weavers living by Hori-kawa stream gathered to hear their Emperor's voice on radio, announcing Japan's surrender: news which shattered the community, devastating news which heralded an era of confusion and rapid change. American democracy, brotherly love and bubblegum infiltrated Japanese society with a power as formidable as their hellish bombs. Ten-year-old Saya, daughter of Kyoto's Shinto priest, sees her father withdraw into his faith while her mother clings to the past with the tenacity of her samurai ancestors. Saya is enthralled, baffled and yet undaunted. The past is another country inhabited by her parents' generation; a brave new future is hers to explore."

Journal Entry 2 by wingAnnimanniwing from Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, December 18, 2009
I had problems engaging with the story at first but once I got going I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. What a beautifully written, touching story - and angering too in many ways. I also enjoyed Matsubara's style of writing, which I thought very Japanese in its subtlety, simplicity and sophistication.

Journal Entry 3 by wingAnnimanniwing at Kouvola, Kymenlaakso / Kymmenedalen Finland on Sunday, December 20, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (12/21/2009 UTC) at Kouvola, Kymenlaakso / Kymmenedalen Finland

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On its way to ApoloniaX in Germany as part of her Contemporary Asian Literature VBB. Happy reading and best wishes!

Journal Entry 4 by wingApoloniaXwing from Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin Germany on Thursday, December 24, 2009
Just received it in the mail, thanks a lot, Annimanni, for adding it to the VBB.
Seems to be a very good read and I'm looking forward to it.

Journal Entry 5 by wingApoloniaXwing from Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, March 30, 2010
A beautifully written account of Japanese society in the post-war years with all its aspects of progress versus tradition, US dominance, the deep-rooted changes of the time, the different religions etc. etc. The style is rather simple, but fits the perspective of the ten-year-old protagonist.
Recommendable.

Reserved for an East Asian VBB.

Journal Entry 6 by wingApoloniaXwing at East Asian VBB, Virtual Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, July 17, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (7/19/2010 UTC) at East Asian VBB, Virtual Bookbox -- Controlled Releases

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Travelling to Lemon-Crisis,
who chose it from the East Asian VBB.

Happy reading!

Journal Entry 7 by BGQ-488500 at Birchington, Kent United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Received as part of the East Asian VBB.
Thanks for sharing it!

Will read (eventually - big TBR pile at the moment!) and pass it on =]

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