- File Size: 429 KB
- Print Length: 172 pages
- Publication Date: December 29, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RKVL0O2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,991 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What some of the other reviewers have said is also true. It's exciting. It's painful. It's set in a vision of rural Japan in the Meiji period. It's populated by hunters, peasants, townsfolk, prostitutes, samurai, and ninja. It's a great setting, and can be read as a sort of East Asian martial arts adventure, looking at a particular time period and particular classes that do not usually figure as the main characters in such tales. But these characters are timeless in their humanity.
For those who have a particular interest in classical martial arts (especially Japanese traditions), there are fascinating tidbits of perspective that jump off the page at you at times.
What it's not, actually, is a tale of revenge. I don't really want to spoil it for those who haven't read it, but this is not a vengeance quest. The central arc is the story of the love and determination of a mother.
So I go back to how I start this review. It's a love story. I felt that as I was reading it, and then I got to the very end and saw the dedication.
I've recommended this to my wife, and I recommend it to anyone with any interest in the themes I've mentioned here.
Ellis Amdur's first novel is a singular piece that is as utterly unique and universally mythic. It is unmistakably a product of Amdur's unique experience and insight, but in the precision and simplicity of execution it is profound and timeless.
I think this is a rare and triumphant addition to that unique genre, the ogre tale. We don't get many these days; perhaps the best modern example is the Peter Greenaway film "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover." Although we see ogres all around us in life and literature, we rarely get to see the interplay of nature and culture, wild, tame and in between, sanity and madness, harm and healing, persistence, struggle and redemption (or the all to common lack thereof and the consequences of that for the survivors) laid bare and portrayed in stark signifiers for us to wrestle with long after the tale is told.
It is that quality, the resonant reverberation in the mind of the reader, that is the mark of a work that is above the norm. I think "The Girl With The Face of the Moon" has that quality. Others may remark on the reality and visceral quality of the combat and body arts depicted, or the unique snapshot of life ways now faded to hazy memories of times now gone. But to me it is that truth only to be found in the most stylized myth or folktale that is a rare gift to be treasured when it is found. This deserves to find its way into printed form.
The connection with the bear was personal for me. The love of a child was riveting and the pain and suffering was tough.
This book was not what I anticipated but I gave it a shot. I am very glad I did. It is graphic however, for the era, it is not gratuitous. I highly recommend this novel.
Many "hidden in plain sight" themes blended into a tale juxtaposing the earthy and spiritual. Great to tease them out as you read through the book. Some may only be for those with a martial bent, some are universal.
I look forward to reading more tales from the author. Hope a book on the boy is too follow...?
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