This is a wonderful and powerful piece of writing. The story is almost impossible to put down. The pace and plot are compelling, and the characters are vivid. The author finds drama in everyday life, and the narrator carries the story well. Set in a period spanning the waning days of the quasi-feudal Japanese Empire and the post war era, the story contains characters that resilient and true, placed in settings that challenge their moral fiber.
The brisk, minimalist prose of this novel are great. The author and the narrator show that less can be more. Additionally, the composition and vocabulary are woderful. However, I felt that the story stopped short of the ending. The novel was going along full stride, then, in what seemed an abrupt turn, it sat down and ended. I just felt there was more to the story, and it needed to be told without a contrived ending... if that was an ending...
There is suspense, and a couple of blatant red herrings..., but what is the plot? I am still asking myself why these wonderful characters did all the things they did. Maybe I just missed the point. A different ending might have cleared it up for me.
This is a tale that will captivate you. It is also a tale which will make you think about the deeper questions of life. The author creates a compelling protagonist, and the setting is inventive (to say the least). This is an award winning novel that should make everyone's reading list. The audiobook version is playful and full of life, and captures the essence of the novel. The narration is wonderful. I think you will be recommending this book to others.
If you only read or listen to one piece of fiction this year, it should be this book. You know that feeling you get when you read a powerful story? Well... I had that feeling when I listened to this book. The author does a wonderful job presenting his work. I will be telling all my literaturephile friends about this novel. This novel contains two of the most important elements of a novel. The authors has created compelling characters, and the protagonist/narrator embarks upon a life changing journey.
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