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Grass for His Pillow: Tales of the Otori, Book Two | [Lian Hearn]

Grass for His Pillow: Tales of the Otori, Book Two

The exhilerating tale of Takeo continues in book II of the internationally best-selling Tales of the Otori trilogy, a sweeping saga set in a mythical, medieval Japan.
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Publisher's Summary

Book II of the internationally best-selling Tales of the Otori trilogy, a sweeping saga set in a mythical, medieval Japan.

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.

Don't miss the rest of the Tales of the Otori series.

©2003 Lian Hearn; (P) 2003 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    All 3 books are very enjoyable

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    Jeannie Los Angeles, CA, USA 04-21-05
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    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.

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    "Shame on you!!!"

    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.

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    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.

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    This is a entertaining book that is well written. Make sure to read this after the first one.

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    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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