The Street of a Thousand Blossoms
"Just remember," Yoshio said quietly to his grandsons. "Every day of your lives, you must always be sure what you're fighting for." It is Tokyo in 1939. On the Street of a Thousand Blossoms, two orphaned brothers are growing up with their loving grandparents, who inspire them to dream of a future... show more
"Just remember," Yoshio said quietly to his grandsons. "Every day of your lives, you must always be sure what you're fighting for." It is Tokyo in 1939. On the Street of a Thousand Blossoms, two orphaned brothers are growing up with their loving grandparents, who inspire them to dream of a future firmly rooted in tradition. The older boy, Hiroshi, shows unusual skill at the national obsession of sumo wrestling, while Kenji is fascinated by the art of creating hard-carved masks for actors in the Noh theater.Across town, a renowned sumo master, Sho Tanaka, lives with his wife and their two young daughters: the delicate, daydreaming Aki and her independent sister, Haru. Life seems full of promise as Kenji begins an informal apprenticeship with the most famous mask-maker in Japan and Hiroshi receives a coveted invitation to train with Tanaka. But then Pearl Harbor changes everything. As the ripples of war spread to both families' quiet neighborhoods, all of the generations must put their dreams on hold---and then find their way in a new Japan.In an exquisitely moving story that spans almost thirty years, Gail Tsukiyama draws us irresistibly into the world of the brothers and the women who love them. It is a world of tradition and change, of heartbreaking loss and surprising hope, and of the impact of events beyond their control on ordinary, decent men and women. Above all, The Street of a Thousand Blossoms is a masterpiece about love and family from a glorious storyteller at the height of her powers.
Publish date: September 4th 2007
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages no: 422
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Asian Literature
, World War II
, Japanese Literature
Książka ta jest wielobarwna i wielowątkowa... Znakomicie osadzona przez autorkę w realiach kraju kwitnącej wiśni... Opowiada historię dwóch osieroconych we wczesnym dzieciństwie braci, których wychowują dziadkowie... Hiroshi i Kenji diametralnie się od siebie różnią. Starszy jest odważny i waleczny;...
At first I wasn't sure I'd like this because of the sumo wrestling stuff. Grunting, glaring fat men sporting diapers and topknots just don't send me anywhere I care to go. Fortunately, there's much more to the book than just sumo, and I ended up liking it quite a bit. I learned a lot about Japane...
Story about a Japanese family in WWII and for two decades afterwards, this one drags out all of the things I hate in a novel -- stale stereotypes, a lot of misinterpetations and little to keep me interested. Now that I've read three books by this author, I'm not going here again. For the longer revi...