Trained in the way of the Samurai, dreaming of the City of Brotherly Love, Hiro Tanaka impetuously jumps ship off the coast of Georgia - only to wash up on a barrier island populated by rednecks, descendants of black slaves, and a colony of crazed artists. Terrifying one islander - literally - to death, and fleeing not only from the Immigration ...Read MoreTrained in the way of the Samurai, dreaming of the City of Brotherly Love, Hiro Tanaka impetuously jumps ship off the coast of Georgia - only to wash up on a barrier island populated by rednecks, descendants of black slaves, and a colony of crazed artists. Terrifying one islander - literally - to death, and fleeing not only from the Immigration Agents but also an elderly lady convinced he is Seiji Ozawa, Tanaka is unwittingly caught up in a hilarious and irretievably complicated spider's web of misunderstandings. His sole refuge on the island, the manipulative and ambiguous novelist Ruth Dershowitz, only draws him in ever deeper "Hilarious. A talented entertainer with a beady eye for the absurdities of culture shock." - "Guardian". "Boyle has a fine descriptive eye and peoples the novel with wonderfully absurd characters." - "Time Out".Read Less
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Funny, sarcastic, dark, absurd, and truthful, Boyle's tale uses Hiro, a half Japanese illegal immigrant/fugitive to skewer the American way, which, Hiro realizes, is to "have two of everything." The story merges Hiro and his struggle to literally survive the Georgian swamp and its citizens, and Ruth Dershowitz, a spoiled, insecure wanna-be writer wasting a summer at Thanatopsis House, her rich boyfriend's mom's Artist Colony. Boyle is a master at making us laugh at American traits that should also make us hang our heads in shame.
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