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Falling Blossom

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The tragic true love story of an English officer, Arthur Hart-Synnot and a Japanese woman, Masa Suzuki, played out against the background of World War One.

This is the beautiful, true story of a tragic love affair. When Arthur Hart-Synnot, a disciplined, conservative British army officer met Masa Suzuki, a bright, beautiful Japanese girl, whilst on a military posting to Jap
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 6th 2006 by Century (first published 2006)
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Saturday's Child
Apr 21, 2011 Saturday's Child rated it really liked it
This is a moving story of a love affair doomed to fail because of distance, culture and war.
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Suzie Hull
Aug 12, 2014 Suzie Hull rated it really liked it
I was desperate to read this book as Arthur Hart-Synnot lived for part of his life about 10 miles from where I live now. The very idea of an English Army officer from before the First World War falling head over heels in love with a Japanese girl was practically unbelievable. I'd heard tales of how he had built her a Japanese garden at his home in the hope that one day they would be together and could live as husband and wife. The tragedy of the love was that they were a century too early. He ...more
Noushin Afrashteh
Dec 28, 2009 Noushin Afrashteh rated it it was ok
another book recommended by my bookstore owner...didn't like it as much as i thought i wud...the matter-of-fact style of narration was annoying...i wanted to read more about masa's thoughts and her perception. her letters were mostly reflected through Author's
Sheryl
Sep 09, 2011 Sheryl rated it liked it
Hard to get into at first, but about 30% in I really got interested in the story.

Very poignant, can't at times work out how this love affair lasted at all, let alone for so many years.
PJ Ebbrell
Aug 26, 2015 PJ Ebbrell rated it really liked it
Fascinating account of a long distance love affair during the early part of 20th Century between a British Military Officer and a Japanese woman.
Cerys Lowe
Sep 20, 2011 Cerys Lowe rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I read this to be able to review it properly but put simply a beautiful, beautiful book about love.
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Peter Pagnamenta is a writer and social historian who lives in London. He is the author of Sword and Blossom: A British Officer's Enduring Love for a Japanese Woman.
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