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The Street of a Thousand Blossoms by Gail Tsukiyama
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Jan 08, 2012

it was ok
Read from January 02 to 05, 2012

** spoiler alert ** First half of the book was interesting: you got pieces of the culture in the midst of WWII and how attitudes and behaviors acclimated as the war progressed. Something disturbing early on was the way the author seemed bent on making it clear the main family disliked the war and how wrong the Japanese government and patriots were to support the war effort. It was almost a justification for the American bombings of civilians. The second half of the book was a literary failure because certain phrases were repeated so many times they lost their importance while making the reader feel like a second-grader. Also, I started predicting certain conflicts for two of the female characters, and it was such a disappointment that my predictions came true. Specifically, one turned out to be infertile, and the other was a depressed pathetic person who later committed suicide.

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