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The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
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Apr 25, 2009

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Set during the Second World War, this book is about a young Chinese
man, native to Hong Kong, sent to his family's summer home in Japan to
recover from tuberculosis. During his year of recovery, he meets and
befriends four local residents: Matsu, the old caretaker of his
family's beach house in a small beach town; Kenzo, the owner of a
teahouse in the village; Sachi, the woman that both Matsu and Kenzo
love; and Keiko, a young Japanese girl.

This is a fine coming of age story, where the relationships and
characters are nicely developed. Stephen, the main character, must
deal with the conflict of being Chinese in a Japanese society during a
time when the two countries are at war, and with his family's own
weaknesses, testing his loyalties to country, family, and new friends.

The setting is richly described, and made me want to travel to Japan
and Hong Kong.
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