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The Kappa Child (Fiction) Paperback – September 11, 2002

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Product Details

  • Series: Fiction
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Red Deer Press; 1 edition (September 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889952280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889952287
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,690,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fairy tale that's well worth the wait. . . .Goto handles her theme with lightness and a sense of compassion that is, sadly, rare in contemporary fiction."
-- Alberta Views

"Highly imaginative."
-- World Literature Today

About the Author

Hiromi Goto was born in Japan and moved with her family to British Columbia, Canada, when she was three. Her parents are mushroom farmers, and she spent most of her childhood living in rural areas. This experience, she says, continues to be a source of inspiration in her writing. Her work also is influenced by her father's stories of life in Japan, which she grew up hearing.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is one of those kinds of books. The kind where you find yourself standing in front of the elevator in the morning, balancing the pain of being a few minutes late for work and the pleasure of getting just a few more pages in before you start your day, and the book always wins. This is, in short, a good book.

I must confess that I am not entirely an unbiased reviewer, Oh, I have never met author Hiromi Goto nor even heard of her before I cracked the pages of "The Kappa Child," but there is one thing. I do love kappa. I have a sizable kappa collection that takes up several shelves, and I have read many, many books on/about kappa from Ryunosuke Akutagawa's Kappa to Kunio Yanagita's The Legends of Tono to the children's environmental book The Last Kappa of Old Japan. While this would seem to make me predisposed to "Kappa Child," it is actually the opposite. I have a Master's Degree in Japanese folklore, and I tend to be a very strict critic of those who don't deal with my favorite beasties correctly.

Hiromi Goto obviously likes kappa too, as seen by her children's novel The Water Of Possibility (In the Same Boat). Fortunately, Goto deals with the creatures in a way of respect and tradition for the source material, and accurate in every way.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By branewurms on September 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
Gorgeous prose, like trickling water. Surprisingly upbeat, considering that it deals with the baggage of coming from an abusive home. Very frank about the indignities of life in general - sometimes a little *too* frank for my tastes, but I'm a squeamish person.

I really enjoyed this one. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys magical realism and can deal with stories featuring an abusive parent.
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1 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ASKBiblitz on August 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
No idea what previous reviewers were smoking when they read this mindless drivel. Even worse, no idea what it was doing on the freshman roster at the once-venerable University of British Columbia (UBC) English Department when there is such a wide assortment of classics truly worthy of literary scholarship.

This novel, and I use the term loosely, is a poorly written exercise in pedantry devised to offend and injure particularly the psyche of young heterosexual men. It's a heavy-handed (knuckle-scraping) approach to the same old brave new world blame game of patriarchy as the inventor of every evil known to man and beast. It presumes that we are all as intellectually and spiritually bankrupt as the author, who seems to suggest that two people from different backgrounds are unable ever to see anything about one another beyond what makes us different, as if all communication is an aggressive imposition of ourselves lacking in curiosity or humanity. What nonsense!

Like the purveyors of leaky condos and other offal infecting contemporary culture, obscure writers in coldest Canada use the old sales ruse of conferring on themselves and one another meaningless literary awards and then manipulating them to obtain undeserved writer-in-residencies as evidence of literary skill. This author would be better suited, in my view, to the hamburger or ditch-digging trades.

What's criminal is that post-secondary English departments are now so infected by mediocrity and so divorced from authentic literary scholarship that professors no longer distinguish literature from this tripe. Students: If this selection is included on your reading list, change courses, report the instructor and move on. It's simply not worthy of either your money or your time.
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