Every bad thing that happens is another person's fault, never her own.
I picked this book up as an impulse while at the book store and finally got around to reading it when the semester ended this summer.
Unfortunately, the execution was just so stiff and uninteresting, and the pace of the plot jumped around quite a bit.
I enjoyed this historical novel and finished it in two days. Professor Lebra did a wonderful job combining her knowledge of Japanese history and culture with an interesting story... Read morePublished 5 months ago by nana
A friend refers to novels you'd never read during actual free time, but will read when confined on an airplane, as "airplane novels." This is one of those. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amanda
Interesting, compelling, and insightful read. A road less traveled (and therefore more telling) of Japanese history. Nicely written with well-drawn characters.Published 10 months ago by bigboppar
I read this book for book club. I wasn't that excited about it, but was very pleasantly surprised.
I thought the book would be informative, but I wasn't prepared for it... Read more
I found this book on the bargain table. Thank goodness I didn't pay full price. While the story line was a good one, the characters lacked depth. Read morePublished on October 31, 2012 by Me
This wasn't a good read. The story lacked any kind of tension or conflict and was more like a list of events that just happened. Read morePublished on September 13, 2012 by Kathryn O'Halloran
First, the bad: the technical style of the writing was sometimes painfully primitive - the author *tells* us about emotions that she should be letting us *see*, and then tells us... Read morePublished on December 23, 2011 by Catherine Devlin
I borrowed this book from a friend and found it written very well. I am not a traveler so learning about Japan, its customs and industry was very educational for me. Read morePublished on January 5, 2011 by Margie Whittington
"The Scent of Sake" is one of the best historical novels I have read in a long time and is based on thorough research. The author takes us to 19th century Japan. Read morePublished on December 8, 2010 by Ruth M. Wright