I read this years ago before I saw the musical "Cats". The book is charming and funny, and really captures the personalities of the cats. It's a wondeI read this years ago before I saw the musical "Cats". The book is charming and funny, and really captures the personalities of the cats. It's a wonderful little book!...more
After twenty-two years apart Adam Sharp gets an e-mail from a former lover. Their flirty e-mails become a regular thing so he's constantly thinking abAfter twenty-two years apart Adam Sharp gets an e-mail from a former lover. Their flirty e-mails become a regular thing so he's constantly thinking about his lost love. Two decades earlier, Adam had been an IT consultant in Australia playing a few tunes on the piano in a neighborhood bar. Angelina, a beautiful actress, joined him singing at the piano. That was the start of a three month affair before Adam had to fly away to the next consulting job.
Now Adam is living in his native England with his partner Claire in a comfortable relationship that has lost its sizzle. Angelina and her husband invite Adam to a week in France at their country home. Adam might have a second chance at love with Angelina, but there are Angelina's children to consider. The second part of the book did not seem very realistic, but there were some interesting thoughts about childhood, choices, commitment, marriage, personality traits, and lifestyles.
Although it was not as humorous as "The Rosie Project", Adam had a dry, self-deprecating sense of humor. Music, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s, plays a big role in the story and the lyrics often show the feelings of the characters. The situation and the lyrics get the emotional idea across so there is no need to be familiar with the songs. There is a playlist at the end of the book. This is a book where I enjoyed the music and the cute romance in the first half, but felt that the second half had some kinky, surprising moments that didn't seem to fit with the beginning of the book. Adam seemed more like a man going through a midlife crisis than someone who was really emotionally committed to either woman....more
"The History of Japan" is aimed at students and the general public interested in a concise history of Japan. The beginning of the book discusses the g"The History of Japan" is aimed at students and the general public interested in a concise history of Japan. The beginning of the book discusses the geography of the island nation which has to import over 85% of its total energy from abroad, as well as large quantities of iron ore, many minerals, and many agricultural goods. (In modern times, Japan has become known for exporting its excellent industrial and technical products, and automobiles.) The land is beautiful--but mountainous, volcanic, and unstable with frequent earthquakes. Much of it is too steep for farming or housing so Japan has a very high density population on its usable land. Its treacherous oceans kept the Japanese isolated from other Asians for much of its history. It was a great way to start the book since there were multiple times that Japan's geography had a large impact on its history.
The book covers Japanese history from prehistoric times up until 1997 with more detail in the Meiji Era and later. There is also a newer edition available, but I was reading a library book. The book includes a timeline of historical events and an excellent glossary of Japanese terms that I used frequently. The only illustrations were three maps. I especially appreciated that the author included quite a bit of information about women's issues, religion, and culture in addition to politics and trade. It's an interesting basic book for the general reader. There are plenty of longer books available if someone wants to do more in-depth reading about Japan. 3.5 stars....more