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Shipwrecks by Akira Yoshimura
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Jul 20, 2007

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The cover calls this 'a thrilling tale of murder and retribution set on the wild seacoast of medieval Japan,' but the more accurate description is on the back cover, which calls the book a 'Gothic tale of the mysteries and horrors of fate.' I can't say much more without revealing, um, surprises--but suffice it to say that I was disappointed with the second half of the book, which ended up being much more about fate than about character. Fate is sort of like war--what's there to say? It's hell. Anyway, for better or for worse, the real heart of the book is in the careful depiction of everyday village life. A step up from National Geographic, but don't you want more from a novel?
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