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Opowieść o kobiecie spod znaku ognistego konia

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Jest rok 1902. Z Hiroszimy wyrusza do Ameryki młoda Japonka Sayo. Ma tam rozpocząć nowe życie z Hiroshim, którego pozna po przybyciu na miejsce. Ślub nie mógłby dojść do skutku, gdyby wyszło na jaw, że urodziła się pod znakiem Ognistego Konia.

Małżeństwo Sayo i Hiroshiego szybko okazuje się nieporozumieniem i ich drogi się rozchodzą. Sayo zakochuje się w przyjacielu męża, I
Paperback, 486 pages
Published 2005 by Muza (first published 2003)
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Perhaps I should not review this book because of the unusual amount of time it took me to read it. It certainly was not the author's fault, but caused by my recent circumstances, which made my love of reading difficult and all but impossible.

Nevertheless, considering my aforementioned factors, I can still state that this was not Houston's best book. It certainly did not match Farewell to Manzanar, although the topic was much the same- that of the internment of Japanese Americans during WWll. She
Sheila rood
Mar 06, 2010 Sheila rood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
well written and engaging story telling
Sep 19, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked: The story was written in two periods of time, but with based around the youth and the old age of the Fire Horse Woman. It creates a whole story of a person, attaching the roots, decisions, and feelings of a youth to the older individual. I also liked the description of the old world Japanese culture, the new world integration of the immigrants, and life and attitudes in the Japanese internment camp duriing WWII.

What I did not like: I do not appreciate visions and dreams. I think t
Martina Takano
Aug 24, 2014 Martina Takano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great story and I love this book. Beautiful narrated weaved fiction, telling the story of a Japanese woman being in love with a Native American. A mysterious union from the beginning. At times to elaborate florid description. Interesting insight of dream telling.

Nevertheless there is an apparent lack of research for the main storyline. Sayo San arrived in 1903 in the US, this would make her 57 years old on her arrival. Fire horse woman are born all 60 years. 1846, 1906 & 1966 according to th
Note: the glossary at the end of the book was very helpful.

Good: The settings and their history. The settings were primarily in Japan, Northern California, and Manzanar (a WWII internment camp, located in California).

Good: The structure of the novel, which successfully moved back and forth between the years around 1900 and the war years of the early 1940s.

Good: The characters and the multigenerational family saga.

Would have benefited from more work: The plotting, the writing, and the editing.
Jan 10, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Houston's first novel. It's about Japanese "picture brides" and Japanese internment during World War II. Tells of hardships of these young women coming to America, both with husbands they've never met and the difficulties in the internment camps.It would be considered by most a "women's" book, but my husband thoroughly enjoyed it. If you're a history buff, so will you. Well written. Houston is an excellent storyteller.
Jan 29, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, wwii
Why haven't more people read this? It's really good. I actually like it better than Houston's much more famous "Farewell to Manzanar." There's romance, friendship, family relations, political and social commentary (in a non-obnoxious way) and history. It occasionally gets a bit cheesy with the spirits/fate stuff, but it's easy to read and hard to put down. I'd definitely recommend it.
Apr 14, 2008 Shirley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shirley by: Lori Kobayashi
Interesting book that never really explains what the Fire Horse Woman is about. It tells a life story - switching venues between her early life and her life in an interment camp during WWII. It kept my attention and made me more curious about the interment camps. This is the first book I've read set in one.
Apr 09, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a much better book than I thought it would be. The story being seperated the way it did, intertwing past and present without being in chronological order, added to the book, instead of taking away from it. The main characters were all likeable, and you were rooting for them the whole time. Overall, a pretty great book.
enjoyed this tale of sayo, the fire horse woman, and her family. told in present tense when sayo is younger alternating with the older sayo who is interned. author brings in lots of accurately rendered history of the japanese during internment and i always personally enjoy the cultural references.
May 02, 2016 Shinay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding story telling to put it mildly. You care about the characters, you feel the heat from the desert, the historical time period is spot on. Is a wonderful book and am sorry I finished it and the author doesn't have another book for me.
Wonderful exciting, can't put it down story.
Sue Getman
Feb 02, 2016 Sue Getman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical Fiction.
WW II detention camp for Japanese living in California. Well done. I liked this author's writing better than Amy Tan's
Sep 27, 2010 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting topic and great writing. I learned so much about a period of time in our history that I knew very little about.
Three generations of interesting ladies in a story that is both real and fantasy. I would have been happy with more even though it reached a logical place for the end.
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