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Red Girls: The Legend of the Akakuchibas

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When the Outland People abandoned a baby girl on the outskirts of a village, few imagined that she would grow up to marry into the illustrious Akakuchiba family, much less that she would develop clairvoyant abilities and become matriarch of the illustrious ironworking clan. Her daughter shocks the village further by joining a motorcycle gang and becoming a famous manga art ...more
Paperback, 458 pages
Published May 7th 2015 by Haikasoru (first published 2006)
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Kevin Dio
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan
Un roman riche. Riche de par l’histoire familiale racontée sur trois générations, riche de par la description précise et fidèle de l’évolution de la société faite, mais aussi riche de par l’enchaînement des événements : on a envie de découvrir quels liens ces trois femmes aux caractères si différents ont pu entretenir entre elles et avec leurs proches.
Article : https://comaujapon.wordpress.com/2017...
Brianne Reeves
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
The translation has a few rough moments, but the story is good. I especially like it as a kind of cultural history. It traces a family from the 40s-2000s and gives some interesting detail on cultural developments that occured
Brittany Jerlinga
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book-- dark, multigenerational dramas with a hint of whimsy are right up my alley. Instead, I found almost all of the characters utterly unlikeable (except for the 'Flying Man' who rarely takes center stage).
Characters seldom have bravery or wittiness, and even their duty-bound nature is less inspirational and more dripping with ennui. Granted, this may be my Western bias coming into play-- but I found no one to root for. That made the characters really hard to care
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Brize Deslandes
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Benimidori (Japon), de l’après-guerre à nos jours
Man’yô est une jeune fille brune et de belle stature, dont l’apparence se distingue des siens : ils l’ont recueillie tout bébé, quand les nomades des montagnes l’avaient laissée (oubliée, s’imagine Man’yô) dans l’humble cité ouvrière au bord de la mer. Depuis toujours, elle est en proie à des visions qui lui laissent entrevoir, de manière plus ou moins énigmatique, de funestes événements à venir. Vivre avec elles occupe Man’yô à tel point que les
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Emma (howlsmovinglibrary)
I picked this book up because it was in the fantasy section of my bookstore and it had an amazing cover. I don't normally like novels in translation but this was actually really well written/well translated and flowed well.

I think I would've liked it if it had been more fantasy and less literary - as it stands I think it's more a magical realism/slipstream novel in the style of Murakami than actually a fantasy book.
Kaleb
Aug 15, 2017 marked it as abandoned
Dense and dull. The premise hooked me for sure, but once I began reading, I quickly lost interest.
Bogi Takács
Review coming on Nov 26, I think. (Still trying to work out the schedule, but I already wrote the review.)

Source of the book: Lisa M. Bradley lent it to me - thank you! :)
Miladylola
Bardzo nierówna historia. Początek porywa i zachwyca. Kolejne strony połyka się jak pomidorówkę. Potem tempo spada.
Manyo byla cudowna. Niczym Marquezowska Urszula. Kemari mnie rozczarowała.
Jason Sanford
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Viz Media first appeared on my radar in the late 80s and early 90s with their pioneering work bringing translated Japanese manga to the USA. Trying to strike translated gold twice, in 2009 Viz created its imprint Haikasoru to publish English versions of Japanese science fiction and fantasy novels.

The results of this work are paying off. Their translation of All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka inspired Hollywood to buy the rights to the novel, which eventually become the Tom Cruise film E
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Quiet
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After a few not so solid novels, Haikasoru at last delivers again with "Red Girls" by Kazuki Sakuraba.

Red Girls is a much more toned down novel from Haikasoru in regards to sci-fi/fantasy. The only thing fantastic is a very lightly applied clairvoyance that shapes the plot, but doesn't mandate it. At heart, Red Girls is a generational story of the Akakuchiba family, focused on 3 generations of women, one of them being our narrator.

What makes Red Girls excellent is that there is extremely powerfu
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BooksnPics
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L’histoire débute en 1953 lorsqu’une fillette venant des montagnes est retrouvée abandonnée dans la petite ville japonaise de Benimidori. Jugée étrange par les villageois, Man’yô doit bien se garder de parler de ses étranges visions d’avenir.
Divisé en trois grandes parties, ce roman relate l’histoire de Man’yô, qui deviendra la matriarche de la famille Akakuchiba – des industriels de renom dans le domaine de l’acier ; de Kemari – sa fille – qui deviendra une loubarde de légende mais également un
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Lisa
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of family epics, magical realism, strong but flawed female characters
A three-part novel relating the stories of the women of the illustrious Akakuchiba family: Manyo, the clairvoyant, abandoned mountain girl adopted by a kind working family and later plucked from obscurity to become the next Akakuchiba matriarch; Kemari, the leader of a motorcycle girl gang who cedes her criminal throne to become a manga superstar, thus securing the Akakuchibas' fortune; and Toko, the afterthought daughter who memorializes her foremothers and is shocked by Manyo's deathbed confes ...more
Ayami
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jlit
I found this book a bit uneven, with the beginning chapters being the most intriguing and thought provoking. The captivating word of the little town of Benimidori in 50s Japan, portrayed through the story of a young, clairvoyant girl made this book impossible to put down. However, the remaining part of the story describing life of Manyo's rebel daughter Kemari and then her granddaughter Toko ended up a disappointment. It felt as if I was reading a very long summary of a novel instead of a novel ...more
Joanna
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
„Czerwone dziewczyny”: jest w nich wszystko, co powinno uplasować je, na liście moich ulubionych powieści. Rodzinna, wielopokoleniowa saga, realizm magiczny, japońska delikatność i subtelność, a wszystko na tle obyczajowej i przemysłowej rewolucji w tym fascynującym i odmiennym kraju. A jednak nie kliknęło. Uwierzyłam w tę historię, fascynujące było tło i apatia bohaterów z czasów „dziś” ale, ale się w tej opowieści nie zakochałam. Może nie był to dobry na nas moment? Na pewno dam autorce jeszcz ...more
Agnieszka
Aug 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jak na historię, w której w zasadzie dużo się dzieje, jest porażająco nudna. Nie sposób wytworzyć w sobie minimalnego zainteresowania którymkolwiek z bohaterów; autorka musiała się naprawdę postarać, żeby nie wykrzesać choć iskry życia nawet z nastoletniej przywódczyni gangu motocyklowego. Zwiędłe czerwone liście byłyby bardziej trafnym tytułem.
PS Pozdro dla wydawców za umieszczanie na okładce informacji, która ma być niby głównym plot twistem powieści.
Marta  Marecka
Ciekawa historia, fatalny język. Albo ta książka jest źle napisana, albo tłumacz odwalił straszną kichę. Brak spójności stylistycznej (kolowializmy typu "klawo" pojawiają się obok zdań napisanych bardzo wysoką polszyczyzną), brak jezykowego wyczucia, brak płynności narracji, sztuczne dialogi - to wszystko sprawia, że momentami ciężko się przebić przez tekst.
Hotaru
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5/4 étoiles. La saga passionnante, dure et poétique d'une puissante famille japonaise, de 1950 à nos jours, au travers des yeux de trois générations de femmes. Le style, un peu sec et répétitif, nécessite un petit temps d'adaptation mais, comme souvent avec les romans japonais, l'important est de se laisser porter par le courant.
Milly
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely incredible. It reminds me of the year I studied industrial novels in university but it's also so much more. I highly recommend for those interested in supernatural fiction, industry and gender studies.
Książkowe_Wyliczanki
Choć podchodziłam do niej z pewną obawą, szybko okazało się, że to niezwykle wciągający tytuł. O Japonii, jej przemianach, pokoleniach, różnych ideach, i jednej rodzinie, która trwa. Świetny język i znakomita historia.
Adl
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
szkoda czasu
Sesho Maru
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
beautiful beautiful. if gabriel garcia marquez was japanese.
Alexander Campbell
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The award-winning Red Girls: The Legend of the Akakuchibas, by Kazuki Sakuraba, is an incredible tale that takes you on a journey spanning three generations of women in the Akakuchiba family in the fictional Japanese village “Benimidori.”

Told from the perspective of “Toko,” the last of the line of Akakuchiba women living in the 2000’s, Red Girls chronicles the mysterious and almost unbelievable events over the course of half a century, starting with the life and times of her clairvoyant grandmot
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Georgene
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Georgene by: Philip Wickstrand
A multi-generational novel about 4 women in a high class family in Northern Japan. It goes from 1953 to the future. The second woman is the daughter-in-law of the first matriarch of the family. She has visions of the future which do not always make sense to her. The third woman, daughter of the visionary, was a young delinquent, who became a famous manga artist. The fourth woman, granddaughter of the visionary, is left with a puzzle to solve regarding her grandmother.

It sounds convoluted and it
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Holly Mcentee
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Though chosen for our sci fi book club monthly pick, I would not categorize this as science fiction, maybe only even barely fantasy. It is a multi-generational mystery more than anything. The author is Japanese and this novel was only recently translated into English. Not knowing Japanese I did get a sense that the translation is pretty true to the original story - there are some tantilizing clues about Japanese culture especially modern generations that definitely piqued my curiosity. I enjoyed ...more
Carrie Laben
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable novel that seamlessly blends family saga, a touch of mystery, and a meditation at Japan's cultural history over the past three generations. There are a handful of repetitive moments, but on the whole it draws the reader along with a series of idiosyncratic characters carefully rendered by a narrator whose own involvement, and the reasons for her emphasis and omissions, only become clear in the final section. I'd be interested to see how this would look as a miniseries.
Pomin Wu
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not exactly One Hundred Years of Solitude as some critics may suggest, but still quite enjoyable. Also a fascinating account of Japan in the last 50 years.
Tiffany Lynn
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly engaging and perfectly paced. So poignant at times that I had to put it down and come up for air.
Kathryn Lattuca
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