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Fish of the Seto Inland Sea

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  105 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Three Generations of a Japanese Family.

Fish of the Seto Inland Sea is an extraordinary, moving portrait of one family across the years of the greatest changes in Japan, and a loving biography of the author's mother and family.

Ruri Pilgrim tells the story of her family from the 1870s through to the aftermath of the Second World War. Her mother lived in the walled compound o
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Paperback, 418 pages
Published 2000 by Harper Collins Publishers (first published 1999)
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Paul
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2015
This is a fictionalized account of Ruri Pilgrim’s family from the 1870’s to the 1950’s. Japan in the 19th century for the middle classes was a formal and secure society. They had walled compounds with attentive servants, followed traditions like arranged marriage that stretched back into the distant past.

The early 20th century found her mother living in Japanese occupied Manchuria in China and married to an engineer. She recounts various her experience with the native Chinese population, and aft
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Daren
I am a bit of a sucker for these multi-generational family history stories - The Cairo Trilogy, A Suitable Boy, Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China.
This is a relatively short, relatively light book along these lines.

I was given to understand from the back of the book that this was non-fiction, but it is obviously fictionalised, and needs to be given the dialogues and characters. Commencing in the 1870s, and carrying through until the 1950s it covers 3 (almost 4?) generations of family, from the
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Becky
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book chronicles the lives of three generations of a Japanese family over a period of time spanning from the turn of the century through to the aftermath of the Pacific War. This was a very interesting account of how Japanese culture, society and attitude changed over this time. Told through the eyes of a fictional family (with an emphasis on the female members of the family), the book introduces a lot of likeable and credible characters. The only drawback to this was that there were so many ...more
Aram
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book 6 years ago and I still remember it fondly. A wonderfully woven story.
Siv30
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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הוצאת מחברות לספרות, 2003, 358 עמ'

רומן אוטוביוגרפי מבוסס על חיי אימה של המחברת. זוהי סאגה המתארת את חיי שלוש דורות במשפחה יפנית מיווא-שילאי החל מפתח המאה ה- 19 ועד שנות ה-70. המשפחה החיה על חוף ימת סטו וילדיה מתפזרים ביפן. ההסיטוריה של המשפחה שזורה בהיסטוריה של יפן (מלחמת העולם השניה ממש דומינטטית, החיים במנצ'וריה, החיים בטוקיו).

הכתיבה ממש לא רעה ואפילו נוגעת ללב, אבל התחלופה של הדמויות עושה סחרחורת ואני לא הצלחתי להתמודד איתה כמו שצריך. מעבר לכך, כמובן קיימת ברקע הבעיה של המונחים שממש יוצרים עו
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Rebecca
A gentle look into Japanese culture pre and post WWII. The end gets slightly tedious, but no book is perfect. Written in a smooth, flowing style without embellishment it tells the tale of three generations of women in a Japanese family.
Ariel Miranda
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book which makes you wish writer had written more. Still good as when i read it years ago.
Sophie Patterson
Fascinating and touching fictionalised account of the author's mother's life, from around 1900 to the post war period. Great to get a general context for changing Japanese society in that time.
NoBeatenPath
A slightly mawkish Japanese family saga - didn't really live up to its promise
Linda
Oct 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great family history of a country not usually written about. Well crafted. Althought there are lots of characters they are all fully developed. A difficult time in history covered faithfully.
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I liked the second half of this book, the first half reminded me of an inferior reflection of Tanizaki's The Makioka Sisters. The second half is seemingly more descriptive due to the novel's autobiographical nature and it was interesting to see how the family dealt with the war and it's aftermath.
I liked the use of the Japanese terms like Otohsan.
I didn't have the problems with so many characters as others have mentioned in their reviews, but then again I have no problems with other novels that
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