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An outstanding read - an informative, attention-grabbing biography that reads like a novel you can't put down.
on September 25, 2017
Good biographies not only tell the story of someone's life, but of the period of time in which the person lived. This was superbly done. Sadayakko lived during The Belle Epoque, but she was born in 1871 and died in 1946. She traveled the world and had unusual experiences that had great impact in the world. Her story is told against the backdrop of profound changes happening in the world and two world wars. I learned a lot about not only American and European cultures during her lifetime, but about Japanese culture and history. Sada was one of those truly modern women as we would define it today. She had to walk a fine line between living in a highly traditional and restrictive society and following her dreams. She accomplished much, loved well, and serves as an example to us all about surviving in difficult circumstances. I loved how the author captured Sada's personality and essence. The world saw her as the epitome of the demure, retiring stereotype of the typical Japanese woman. Unfortunately, stereotypes are limiting and misinformed. The author adeptly shows us that she was strong and able and much,much more.
Learn about the luminaries of her day in government, business, and arts and entertainment. She met and knew many of them. I highly recommend this book.