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The Girl Who Played Go by Shan Sa
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Mar 29, 11

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction
Read from March 27 to 29, 2011

Disjointed storytelling. Perhaps it's the translation ("sabre" is not the translation of "katana")? I wanted to like this a lot as the game of go is facinating, and certainly does reflect life. If you've never played the game, it's sometimes called a "sharing" game, as both participants must make compromises to win. But the storyline of this book fails to get any of the interesting aspects of the game across. Rather we have some very adolescent looks at both coming of age and combat. Neither were very convincing to me.

Oh, and I really don't need footnotes to know about the history of the setting or where a poem came from. If it's important to the story, incorporate it in the narrative. Else, ditch it.
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