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The Tokaido Road by Lucia St. Clair Robson
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May 22, 12

Read from May 08 to 22, 2012

Not sure what my fascination is with feudal or just slightly post-feudal Japan, but the Floating World is fascinating. In this story, the heroine Cat does more than float. She's well-trained in swordsmanship and in the duties of the daughter of a disgraced father. She undertakes her own vendetta and hurries along the Tokaido road in pursuit of Lord Kira who is responsible for her father's death. As in any road story, from Chaucer onward, the fellow travelers become the story. Some aim to prevent her from reaching her goal, and others abet her plans. The story moves along fast as Cat does. We soak in the details of the customs of the time, the living conditions of the poor, the rain-soaked dark roads and the travails of the pilgrim. Ms. Robson's prose enlightens and entertains. Not much more can be asked of such a book.
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