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Georgic Paperback – December 1, 2010
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A collection of short stories awaits you here. Apparently, the author based it off of her grandma's childhood in rural Japan, and the characters in her own book live in a similar setting amidst severe war. There are many lessons, and each chapter is actually a story involving separate characters. In the end, the reader is meant to learn something. We have the guy whose wife's death led him to choose the death of his own two kids, the poverty-born prostitute who was forced to repeat the pattern by giving birth to her own daughter and becoming a single mother, and an older man whose childhood romance with an elderly wealthy woman continues despite his new life with a new lady and his own kids.
You learn a lot with this book, and the tone is so deep and inspiring, if not the slightest bit vague. Some parts are a little bit creepy and too unrealistic. Especially when describing the newborns in a sharp contrast to the elderly, it was difficult to read. Same with their illnesses, which were frequent and unfortunate. Several stories were boring and I couldn't seem to remember the details, even after reading them again. For these reasons alone, I cannot give it my full rating of five stars.