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Book Title: De tuin van de Samoerai|
The author of the book: Gail Tsukiyama
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.68 MB
Date of issue: 2000
ISBN 13: 9789025498061
Read full description of the books De tuin van de Samoerai:Stephen is a young Chinese man from Hong Kong. He suffers from tuberculosis, and it is decided that he should join his businessman father in Kobe, Japan for a while. His father in turn suggests that Stephen should spend some time in his late grandfather's house in the village of Tarumi where the caretaker Matsu could look after him.
Initially Stephen feels very lonely and isolated as the capable Matsu is a man of very few words. Stephen is separated from friends and family, and he worries about the Japanese invasion of China. Matsu prepares their meals and otherwise spends most of his time gardening. As the days go by, Stephen's health improves and he starts painting.
Matsu might be a man of few words, but there is nothing wrong with his intuition and he is usually able to anticipate Stephen's needs. He decides to take Stephen to visit the hilltop village of Yamaguchi, inhabited by lepers amongst whom an older woman named Sachi, a friend of Matsu's. A lovely relationship develops between these three people. Stephen relates well to older people and is willing to listen to their stories.
Although Stephen is twenty at the start of his journey he is quite immature, and he learns quite a few of life's lessons whilst in Japan. He experiences first love, even if perhaps it is not his last love. Stephen also discovers facts about his parents of which he was unaware, and these result in conflicting feelings. As he comes to grips with his life in Japan he learns to love his surroundings and the people with whom he associates. But yet the Japanese are the "devils" who are killing his people. So there are more conflicting feelings to resolve. The Sino-Japanese war is pretty much in the background and doesn't affect day to day life in the village much, but Stephen occasionally receives letters from home and listens to news broadcast on the radio. He cannot help but feel concern for those left behind in Hong Kong, but there is much to keep him in Japan.
Michiko's story told to Sachi and in turn related to Stephen was superfluous and a bit over the top in my opinion, but even though I had to suspend disbelief from time to time I liked this quiet, gentle, coming of age tale.
Read information about the authorBorn to a Chinese mother and a Japanese father in San Francisco, Gail Tsukiyama now lives in El Cerrito, California. Her novels include Women of the Silk (1991), The Samurai's Garden (1995), Night of Many Dreams (1998), The Language of Threads (1999), Dreaming Water (2002), and The Street of a Thousand Blossoms (2007).
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