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Cranes at Dusk
Saya, 10, is confused by the Americans and Christianity that have come to Kyoto after the war in August, 1945, and she relies on her father a Shinto priest to counsel her.
Paperback, 253 pages
(first published 1981)
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Aug 18, 2007 Jim rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who wonder what happened after the bomb was dropped.
This is an interesting book. The narrator is a ten year old girl in Japan after they have surrendered to the USA and that is why the book works so well. The grown-ups withdraw into themselves, the mother clings to the past, the father to his faith but the girl is fascinated by the changes that are forced upon them.
I learned a LOT from reading this novel set in Japan at the end of WWII. Very interesting perspective on Japanese culture, the war, Buddhism, Shinto, and Christianity. But I didn't think the story was that great. I'm glad I read it and wish I could give it more stars, but the plot was lacking.