Opening line: “I have always loved my wife”
Wow, this was one of those short sneaky books that you devour in a day and then can’t stop thinking about. At about 130 pages SUNRISE ON KUSATSU HARBOUR has a huge story to tell and with about 200 more pages it would have made for an epic read. As it stands though it felt rushed and important events that I would love to have read about in greater detail were glazed over. However the narration style almost dictates this as it's the retelling of a story from a third person and the underlying message does still manage to shine thorough.
Sunrise is a frightening, tragic and haunting story of star crossed lovers. Encompassing love and hate, revenge and prejudice but most of all forgiveness. It’s a small book with a big message and a twist at the end that will really leave you wondering. I also think that this book would make for a fantastic movie, regardless I’m just glad I found it.
I'm not going to summarise the story, plenty of other reviews fill their spaces with that. I prefer to share a few thoughts that I have about it.
This is a very bitter-sweet story that at times (especially when the foreshadowing occurs, which it basically does all the time) can be quite a tear-jerker. You just know that it's not going to end that well for these two star-crossed lovers, Claire and Henry, that are constantly brought together and torn apart.
It's a very emotional book, but in the chick-lit sense of the word: I found that it had passages that were a bit too descriptive, a bit too focused on what the characters were wearing and doing at various times, and it made me almost loose interest in it. The phrase "show, don't tell" comes to mind. That is probably why I think that I prefer the movie better than the book (which doesn't happen that often), for it basically showed what the characters were going through and feeling (I have to add that the movie is very, very loyal to the book on a near page-by-page basis) with out too much talk and background flutter, if you know what I mean. If this book had been less descriptive it would have been a much more powerful read, at least for me.
I can imagine that The Time Traveller's Wife is one of those books that you can read over and over again and still get something new out from it, as it's a very layered book, but I don't think that I'm going to pick it up any time soon. I most likely will in the future though, for I did enjoy it immensely in spite of its flaws.
This review is being cross-posted on my blog, Booklikes, GoodReads and LeafMarks.