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The Master Puppeteer by Katherine Paterson
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Aug 02, 10

bookshelves: read-in-2010
Read from August 01 to 02, 2010

I have no idea how accurate this account of the life of a young apprentice in a Bunraku puppet theater may be, but it certainly seems well researched and well written. Also, some of the character interactions seemed sort of odd to me, but odd in a way similar to situations I've encountered in Japanese literature and film before, so without any cultural expertise myself I'll go out on limb to say that Ms. Paterson has done a pretty good job introducing the younger reader to the world of Feudal Japanese society. That said, the climax came and went so quickly and the denouement was so abrupt I felt as if my library copy of the book was missing a dozen or so pages at the end. Yes, go ahead and read it if you want some lighter children's fare about a subject you're probably clueless about. Just don't be surprised if you run out of book before you know it.
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