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Rashomon Gate by I.J. Parker
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Oct 10, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: japan

It took me a while to get into this book, but it grew on me gradually and positively.

The only comparable author that comes to my mind is Laura Joh Rowland, and in Parker's novel, the Japanese characters ACT JAPANESE. No rebels, no one hanging out with burakumin, everyone firmly in their station and perfectly respectable. The story is also a lot less sensational, although that fault didn't appear until a few books into Rowland's series.

I found out today that the series isn't published in chronological order, which explains some offhand comments Akitada (the protagonist) makes about his 'first case'...

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message 1: by Peggy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:03PM) (new)

Peggy I just picked up all four of Parker's books, Michael, and they do look really intriguing.

message 2: by Michael (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:03PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Michael Me + Japan = happy.

message 3: by Peggy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:03PM) (new)

Peggy Plus, I like the design on the books--they just look cool, which always adds to my enjoyment.

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