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Miss One Thousand Spring Blossoms Mass Market Paperback – January, 1980

4.9 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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The son of a scientist, John Ball was born in Schenectady, New York, and grew up in Milwaukee. He attended Carroll College in Wisconsin. He subsequently worked as a science staff writer on Fortune, a music critic and feature writer for the Brooklyn Eagle, a daily columnist on the New York World-Telegram & Sun, a broadcaster for a Washington radio station, and a Director of Public Relations for the Institute of Aerospace Sciences. His In the Heat of the Night was awarded a Mystery Writers of America "Edgar" for the Best First Mystery Novel of the Year, and since had been followed by The Cool Cottontail, also featuring his African-American detective, Virgil Tibbs. Mr. Ball has also authored a number of notable young adult books. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (January 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380423251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380423255
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,100,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of my all time favorite books. The descriptions of the cultures coliding are wonderful. The characters all grow and learn from each other. Richard learns to like himself and to enjoy the differences between life in Japan and Boston. The description of Richard's first experience in the Japanese bath totally describes the feelings of being overseas, alone, and totally confused.
My experiences as a US Army family member in Japan were good and my memories are happy ones. This book reminds me of all the reasons I fell in love with the country and it's gentle people.
This is a wonderful love story.
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Format: Hardcover
As beautiful a book as its title. If you liked Memoirs of a Geisha, you will love this.

It is simpler and sweeter and possibly much more memorable than Geisha, more haunting.

I wish it were more widely known so I could reminisce about it with friends. I'm happy it is not because it remains a delicate memory.
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Format: Hardcover
John ball has done great job in narrating the experience of an American facing the Japanese culture with the fine tunes of romance woven in it. The characters of people are nicely built. The description of Japanese culture is excellent. The author has dealt the realationship with Richard and Miss One thousand spring blossoms with great sensitivity and very realistically. The supporting characters play a very strong but subtle role in bulding the story. A great reading.... Really a master piece from a great story writer. A Must read.
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Wonderful, Wonderful romance novel with very interesting twists. Depicts with fascinating detail the intersecting of two VERY different cultures (New England somewhat gangly and naive bachelor electrical engineer and the stunningly beautiful Geisha. Very happy ending that makes for a very warm and fuzzy feeling for the reader and makes you want to cheer (or shed a happy tear or two).. I remembered this from a selection of the Reader's Digest Condensed books. The complete Novel contains all the wonderful plot, incidents, and other detail not in the condensed book. So glad I remembered the title and searched for it.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful love story about a beautiful geisha and an 'everyman' (who considers himself an utter failure with women). After that it is a terrific story of the initial clash of two cultures, with people (from both) having misconceptions and prejudices about the other. In the end just about every character realizes how wrong those initial ideas were and that an open mind is a pretty valuable commodity. [Would love to see this turned into a really good movie...with Russell Crowe or Ioan Gruffudd perhaps as Richard Seaton? (It would have to be set in the '60s - before computers, world travel became so common and when isolationism was the norm in the US).] One of my favorite books, to be reread often.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A most enjoyable read. "Miss One Thousand Spring Blossoms" takes us to the intimate thoughts and that which awaits the novice ingenious engineer arriving in Tokyo, from Boston. I believe that anyone, man, woman, young or old could learn and enjoy this delightful tale.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Old-fashioned, dated, but lovely. I like all of John Ball's novels, which are not that easy to find. The main character, an American man, goes through a rather unbelievable transformation after meeting a geisha on the company dime; he thought she was free to choose rather than rented out. She freed HIM, remarkably so, and we are left to believe he will change her in a positive manner as well. The woman's little sister is a treat.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a story of an American man who travels to (1960's) Japan. It is a tale of his experiences in a totally alien (to him) culture. And it is ultimately a love story. The joy of the book is in reading John Ball's ability to immerse the reader in the hero's character and emotions.
Also very good, by the same author, "the Winds of Mikamura"
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