The Storyteller and his Three Daughters
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The Storyteller and his Three Daughters

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From the internationally bestselling author of the TALES OF THE OTORI, comes a tale of families, love, intrigue and betrayal.

TOKYO 1884

Sei has devoted his life to storytelling, captivating audiences with his tales. But now he is starting to wonder if the new world has left him behind.

Just when he thinks he will never write again, his own life and the lives of the people ar...more
Kindle Edition, 177 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Hachette Australia
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Kate Forsyth
Lian Hearn is the author of the gorgeous bestselling ‘Tales of the Otori’ fantasy series for adults, set in an alternative feudal Japan, as well as a number of children’s books published under her true name, Gillian Rubenstein. The first book in the Otori series, ‘Across the Nightingale Floor’ is one of my favourite novels, the medieval Japanese setting being utterly fresh and fascinating.

‘The Storyteller and His Three Daughters’ is a departure from her other Lian Hearn books in many ways. The s...more
Overall, I liked this book. I always like Hearn's writing style but this book deviated from her usual voice. I read this book in one sitting, it was engaging and sparked my imagination.
I loved the narrator's perspective, it was really interesting to see everything through the eyes of a storyteller. The plot was a bit jumpy but could be overlooked because of the creative characterisation.
Set in Japan in late 1800, this novel follows the life of Sei and his struggles to compete artistically against the increasingly pervasive Western influences on the traditional stories that Sei knows and loves to perform. Presented as a story within a story, the unique voice of the novel combines history with entertainment, and comments on the nature of storytelling, creativity and life.
This is the first novel I have read by Lian Hearn and I must say, I really enjoyed it. It was so different to...more
This is one of those stories you could devour in a day, however I wanted to savour this story so read it over a few. The story follows Sei, a down on his luck, uninspired story teller master, who recounts his familial disputes and documents his life during a period of unrest in a rapidly Westernising Japan.

The writing in this felt very natural to me, and I was easily able to settle in to the role of Sei, and be able to view his family and live his life very easily. The title of this book threw...more
Oct 16, 2013 Jenny rated it 5 of 5 stars
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absolutely loved it, wished it could have gone on for much longer, Lian Hearn is one of my favourite authors and never ceases to amaze me with her abilities
I loved this book. Your ability to enjoy may depend on your tolerance for writers writing about writing!
Interesting read with great characters and better handled historical context (than Blossoms and Shadows). A story from an outsiders perspective however, reduces emotional involvement, which is what made the Tales of the Otori series so special.
This not typically a book that I would have bought myself but I am so incredibly glad that Sarah Forster bought it for me. Wow what a fantastic book. I loved the translated feel of the language and the complex story line that was written in a deceptively simply way. It is an excellent book and I loved reading it.
I liked it. Interesting style and setting, if slightly contrived plot. Made me want to read more of her books.
bit slow a bit confusing with all the names started to warm up when there was talk about the conflict between Japan and Korea and that part of the story would have made a much better story development. There are some cultural things that the story does talk about that renders further investigation and could do some research on the relationship between Japan and Korea in the late 1800 particularly in relation to Japan's involvement leading up to the second world war. The writing style and express...more
Wonderful prose, fabulous story - loved every minute of it.
What a wonderful book!
Okay, easy to read but got lost with all the names. Not a book I was dying to get back to, but nice stories. ?!?
Peree Watson
I love literature based in Japan! Great read
Jennifer Rolfe
Not the nail-biting saga of the Otori sequence but very quirky in Hearn's style. I loved the play of stories across cultures.
Kelly Callaghan
I enjoyed this book. Written quite simply it covered a wide range of issues.
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