In Book I of the Otori trilogy, Across the Nightingale Floor, Lian Hearn created a wholly original, fully-realized fantasy world where great powers clashed and young love dawned against a dazzling and mystical landscape. Nightingale was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, one of Book magazine's best novels of the year, and one of School Library Journal's Best Adult Books for High School Readers.
In this second tale, we return to the story of Takeo (the young orphan taken up by the Otori Lord and now a closely held member of the Tribe) and his beloved Shirakawa Kaede, heir to the Maruyama, who must find a way to unify the domain she has inherited. In a complex social hierarchy, amid dissembling clans and fractured alliances, there is no place for passionate love. Yet Takeo and Kaede, drawing on their unusual talents and hidden strengths, find ways both to nurture their intense personal bond and to honor the best interests of their people.
Like its predecessor, Grass for His Pillow is a transcendent work of storytelling: epic in scope, shimmering with imagination, and graced in equal measure with rapturous writing and exhilarating action.
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©2003 Lian Hearn; (P) 2003 HighBridge Company
"With quick, direct sentences like brushstrokes on a Japanese scroll, [Hearn] suggests vast and mysterious landscapes full of both menace and wonder." (Publishers Weekly)
"Lian Hearn has created a world I anticipate returning to with pleasure." (The New York Times Book Review)
and a penny for your thoughts
Unfortunately, just as a great script can't be a great movie without great actors, audio books depend on the readers. For me. this series is ruined by the reader. The flat reading is a disservice to these novels and I would suggest you find another version or read them yourself.
OK, I?m a sucker! I suffered through the first book because the characters are quite interesting and I wanted to find out what happened to them. I hoped the first book was all introduction and now I wouldn?t have to force myself to stay awake. Boy, was I wrong. This book is worse than the first one!
I don?t care any more about what happens to the characters. It should have a warning against listening to this book while driving or operating machinery. You will fall asleep.
I enjoyed book one of this trilogy but this second book is unbearable! Throughout book one the female main character dealt with the patriarchal society in which she lived by using her intellect, her wit and, at times, her physical strength and skill with weapons. Usually she anticipated her opponent's next move. Always she was subversive. I wanted her to win.
Book two however, has a lot of in-your-face male bashing. It's over the top with its preaching.
Sorry but I just can't finish listening to this one.
I really loved the First book in this series and I believe this book follows through with alot of the same styles and portrayals of the characters. The one things I have to say about his book is the continuous undertone of anit-male sediment in half of the story line. In the first book, Lian writes accurately of the male dominance role of the time and within the Japanese culture and seems to fit well within the story line. However, I felt with Grass in the Pillow, the continuous anti-male story segments seemed to be a little over the top where the segments fit less into the story line and more towards the bias of the Author.
this book was even better than the first story. but you had to have heard the nightgale story first. the details and story line was fabulous. i was so captivated by this story, i listened to parts over and over before progressing forward. i felt in love with the two main characters of the book.
This book was a miserable, half hearted, poorly crafted, unimaginative pile of poop. Hey! Give me break!! I have read The Arabian Nights and I can recognize Scarlet O'Hara when I see her. I don't mind a little plagiarism but lifting hold story lines is just laziness. This author will have to use those creative powers to be a little more original.
The book is well written - entertaining and intriguing. The audio presentation is delightful. The voices and presentation compliment the text - it highlights the duality of the story. As I listen, I hear not only the tale, but also the conversation between two lovers as their fate unfolds.
Few good works capture the essence of companionship, even when isolated, as well as this trilogy. Fewer still audio presentations faithfully capture that undercurrent and weave it into the reading itself.
I recommend this to other audiobook newbies like myself as an example of when the medium can compliment the author's tale.
Boring, predictable, shallow story and characters...couldn't finish this one, or part 1 either. These stories will wind up in the "read and please don't bother to return" scrap pile at the library in no time.
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