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Taking on a subject that is still largely avoided in Japan, this powerful thriller explores the threat posed by an emperor, even in a ceremonial role, to a democratic government. Set in a fictional island country, the novel is told from the perspective of a group of young adults who are embroiled in their private problems of friendship, work, and sex. Much of the plot is r ...more
ebook, 203 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by PM Press (first published 2009)
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David Streever
This was an excellent novel.
Told from 3 points of view, the author asks you to critically analyze each narrator along with the next narrator.

Among the best literary fiction, the characters each present or demonstrate a point of view with a commentary on their society and culture--raising questions about conformity, cultural values, and showing how the political values of democracy function in a system with the trappings of autocracy.

The characters are believable and interesting: the first two li
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What happens when a popular and young emperor suddenly dies, and the only person available to succeed him is his sister? How can people in an island country survive as climate change and martial law are eroding more and more opportunities for local sustainability and mutual aid? And what can be done to challenge the rise of a new authoritarian political leadership at a time when the general public is obsessed with fears related to personal and national “security”? These and other provocative que ...more
This is one of those books where I can't say I really "enjoyed" reading it, but am instead appreciative of all it gives to think about. Beyond the text itself, there's a lot to be chew on in terms of what the book is actually saying about the world. I read it in the context of a university colloquium, and it was the discussion that really made things interesting. Recommended it you're not looking for anything light, and for groups of peeps who want to talk about what they're reading!
Daniel Burton-Rose
I tried to like this, but could only slog through it. Still, there's clearly a lot going on, and it's probably good that it doesn't go down as smooth as the made-for-export Banana Yoshimoto and Murakami pulp.
Haunting, interesting, weird ending. I'm not writing too much for reviews because I haven't been on here in many months and just want to try and remember the books I've read.
Very strange and eerie story. It helps to have some knowledge of Japanese culture and present day history.
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