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The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz
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A decent, well researched historical novel about Haruto, a "commoner" who marries the Crown Prince of Japan about 1959. I thought the story was delicately and beautifully written as the author tells of Haruto's challenges as her royal duties take on every aspect of her life, and she no longer has any idenity as her former self. Quote: "And so life became a series of rituals written in another age. and rituals became life. --I was gradually disabused of my naivete and made to understand that in a world constituted entirely of surface, all flaws run deep."
One of my favorite quotes: Haruto's father is saying goodbye as Haruto leaves for her wedding day - knowing she will not see her parents again: Haruto tells her father she is frightened. He says to her; "I won't listen to any more of this. You are my daughter - courage isn't a choice for you. Consider it an unreturnable gift from your ancestors. You might think you don't want it now but when you're my age you'll be thankful. If you were a coward and weak, do you think your mother and I would let you go?"
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Linda Oh my goodness Margaret! I was reading reviews on this book and here you are! Do you remember me? I am friends with Stacey and have my own Margaret. So fun to see you on here. I hope you are doing well.


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