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The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
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May 19, 2011

really liked it

Stephen is a young adult who in the course of the book develops his first truly adult relationships with people beyond his own family. During his period of recuperation from TB he is removed from his usual environment into one that is both known and yet essentially foreign. One of the achievements of this book is to allow the reader to share Stephens' experiences as a young Chinese man becoming more familiar with Japanese culture and the four people who become important to him during his year in the village.

Set against the backdrop of the Japanese invasion of China the story sways between the changing world beyond the village and the intricate patterns of life that he observes and participates in daily. This is a book that offers the reader a window into a world where politeness, honor and silence are important but beyond which the characters live richly textured lives.

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