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The Shadow of a Blue Cat

3.0 of 5 stars 3.00  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  2 reviews

Businessman Yuki Yajima is fifty-one years old. He and his wife, Asako, are the parents of two daughters: Ryo, seventeen, and Yuka, an infant of only two months. Asking himself why he’s allowed himself to become a father again at his age, Yuki begins to remember his uncle, who died quite young—younger,
indeed, than Yuki is now. Thinking of this man, whom the young Yuki ido

Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 3rd 2011 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published July 12th 2011)
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Will E
Maybe 2.5 stars. Especially towards the beginning and early middle I felt the pacing was really poor, as Ii was juggling like 5 different plot lines, some of them stories within stories. It felt a little too messy and disjointed, though it smoothed out better towards the end. You have to have a high tolerance for hearing about business-related developments that took up a big chunk of the story, which I found a little boring. And finally the narrator is kind of a putz. Very wishy-washy. It's not ...more
I really thought this was an interesting story line and fairly well written. I loved the telling of the mundane life with its every day problems contrasting with the more flamboyant life of the uncle. It was good .
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Naoyuki Ii (伊井 直行 Ii Naoyuki?, born September 1, 1953) is a noted Japanese author and professor of creative writing at Tokai University's Shonan campus.

A native of Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Ii graduated in 1978 from Keio University with a degree in history (archaeology and ethnology). His first novel, Kusa no kanmuri (The Grass Radical), was published in 1983, and received the Gunzo Prize for New Writers
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Nigotta gekiryū ni kakaru hashi

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