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Yakuza Moon by Sean Michael Wilson
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Aug 27, 2011

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bookshelves: abuse, addiction, adult-non-fiction, graphic-book, manga, memoir

A fascinating graphic memoir of a woman who has lived her whole life under the shadow of organized crime. I cannot compare it to the actual memoir, as I didn't even know about it until I stumbled upon this graphic novel. Still, it does pack a punch. Shoko's life is frightening and brutal and yet she finds ways to keep herself afloat. I have always wondered what life must be like for the women who are, by extension, part of the Yakuza families. Unsurprisingly, it's not too good. Overall, this is a good effort, with nice artwork, but more cultural information would have benefited it dramatically. It's hard to understand why Shoko makes some of the decisions she does, but one would imagine that there is likely something lost in translation, especially for the uninitiated.
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August 24, 2011 – Finished Reading
August 27, 2011 – Shelved
August 27, 2011 – Shelved as: abuse
August 27, 2011 – Shelved as: addiction
August 27, 2011 – Shelved as: adult-non-fiction
August 27, 2011 – Shelved as: graphic-book
August 27, 2011 – Shelved as: manga
August 27, 2011 – Shelved as: memoir

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