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Flight Paths of the Emperor

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Set mainly in the psychologically insulated communities of expatriate teachers in Osaka, Japan, these fourteen stories seek to understand issues of national or personal honour, and the problematic importance of family. Heighton also examines subtly related themes, like death, age, marriage, war and poetry, while hinting at autobiography throughout. Sophisticated, ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published 1997 by Granta Books (first published 1992)
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Catherine
Nov 15, 2007 Catherine rated it did not like it
The book description claimed to be an exploration of the cultural differences between East and West by a young traveller working and studying in Japan. I only made it through the first 80 pages of this book, but that's not what I read! Some of the stories have nothing to do with Japan. In one story the author changed the character's name (I think?) mid-story. Maybe it was a nickname? It wasn't clear and became very confusing. I gave up on this one, which I very rarely do.
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Feb 08, 2016 Ally rated it liked it
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Neatly written short stories about Canadians living in Japan. The narrative flits between the two countries and between the generations, and deals poignantly with the issue of displacement. It is also a very funny book, with frequent lost-in-translation moments and misunderstandings.
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Nov 03, 2014 Anna Macdonald rated it really liked it
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I'm surprised I'm giving this 4 stars. The first couple of stories seemed very clunky and amateurish -- I wasn't sure I would even continue with the book. It got a lot better in later stories.
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a great mastery of the word and plot structure. vivid images of the inter-cultural experiences. simple, funny, profound and more in each story.
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Steven Heighton (born August 14, 1961) is a Canadian novelist, short story writer and poet. He is the author of ten books, including two short story collections, three novels, and five poetry collections.[1] His most recent novel, Every Lost Country, was published in 2010.

Heighton was born in Toronto, Ontario, and earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree, at Queens University.[2]

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