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Princess Masako by Ben Hills
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Read in May, 2008

This is a book that I've looked at countless times at airport bookstores, but have never actually bought. (Hurrah for libraries!) I'm glad I've read it, but also (I think) glad I didn't buy it. Some of the other reviews on Good Reads talk about the padding in this book, but I actually found the digressions and background information very interesting. Hills is decidedly not writing for a Japanese audience, and is most decidedly writing for an Australian audience (I don't know if this book has found its way overseas, but there are some very Australian references that I don't think would translate.)

I remember when Masako Owada's engagement to the Japanese crown prince was announced. My scrapbooks of the time include a number of articles about her that I collected. And it's been terribly sad to see and hear coverage of Princess Masako's life now. And for that reason, I found the book interesting and even enjoyable.

And it was a very quick read. :-)

(One interesting comment about typesetting: two "background" chapters were set in a different type. Which made little sense at all, and probably heightened the sense of "padding" mentioned by others.)
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