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The Samurai of Seville (Samurai #1)
Mr. Scoular's review
Jun 27, 2017
Read 2 times. Last read June 18, 2017 to June 27, 2017.
Like Velazquez in his history paintings, John J. Healey achieves a brilliant balance, painting the broad historical context of the era (that of the great Spanish painter and his literary counterpart, Cervantes) with broad brushstrokes while portraying individual men and women of the time with telling details, bringing their "realist" portraits to life. With elegant, economic prose, he brilliantly shows how the two main characters, a young Spanish woman and Japanese man, change with the first encounter between the two cultures, leaving the reader with an unforgettable tale. A book to savor, and to give as a gift to friends.
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