Tsukiyama's classic story of love, sacrifice, and devotion. On the eve of World War II, a young Chinese man is sent to his family's summer home in Japan to recover from tuberculosis. He will rest, swim in the salubrious sea, and paint in the brilliant shoreside light. But when he meets four local residents--a beautiful Japanese girl and three ...
Tsukiyama's classic story of love, sacrifice, and devotion. On the eve of World War II, a young Chinese man is sent to his family's summer home in Japan to recover from tuberculosis. He will rest, swim in the salubrious sea, and paint in the brilliant shoreside light. But when he meets four local residents--a beautiful Japanese girl and three older people--what ensues is a tale that readers will find at once classical yet utterly unique. Author signings.
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This is one of the most beautiful stories I've read. Highly recommend this one.
May 2, 2009
It may take a while to get into this novel. Initially I was concerned that this book would be a little "fru fru" for me but after a while I became immersed in the Japanese culture and began to appreciate the peacefulness (that's the best word I can find) of the story. It is a different type of coming of age story. A story where honor is solely not admired but can also be very painful and can give a death sentence (well, that didn't sound peaceful but read the book and you will understand). Although it is basically a love story of sorts the emotions in Tsukiyama's story are hidden--yet my eyes were welling up towards the end. I found the author's writing soft and picturesque. Well done!
Apr 2, 2008
Simple but stunning
I thought this was a gorgeous book to read. Beautiful writing and a touching story of a young boy who gets sent to live with a family friend in Japan while his home country of China is being ravaged prior to the beginning of WWII. The boy befriends a woman with leprosy and gains a lot of new perspective along with his health.
Feb 21, 2008
A Precious Read
Once in a rare while, I'll read a book that leaves you thinking, "This is a precious item. This is something I'll never loan out, but will cradle in my heart for ever. It will become an old friend that I go to for comfort and peace." The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama left me with that emotion as I read the last page.
I bought a copy of Women of the Silk by the same author for a Christmas gift. Not having read anything by the author, when I found a copy of The Samurai's Garden a few weeks ago, I instantly added it to the cart.
Sickly, the young Chinese narrator is sent to his father in Japan who sends him to his grandfather's house by the sea to rest and regain his strength. The quietness of the village is a contrast to his life in Hong Kong, but it is 1937 and the Japanese army is marching towards Canton. The unrest of the real world seems far away from the life by the sea, and as Stephen recovers he discovers love looks like many things. It's the feeling of first love, the feeling of parent and child, of a marriage falling apart, of a marriage that never was, and the relationship between friends that is a tight bond.
A quiet book that I will cherish forever; its lyrical passages are full of understanding, grace, beauty, and a deepness that will grow with me. The images she paints with a descriptive brush seem more real than the room I currently sit in. I can see the garden, the sea, the village in my mind. As the complicated story is revealed slowly, it weaves together into a rich tapestry.
From the first quote to the last word, the book is treasure. I wish I had splurged and bought a first edition.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-04-29 Set in Japan just before WWII, Tsukiyama's novel tells of a young Chinese man's encounters with four locals while he recuperates from tuberculosis. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1995-01-30 In this beautifully crafted second novel by Tsukiyama (Women of the Silk), the world outside the small Japanese village of Tarumi is a world of polarities: East vs. West, Japanese vs. Chinese, etc. Within Tarumi, however, a person can exist as simply as a polished stone in a garden. When Chinese university student Stephen Chan's tuberculosis pushes him to the thin border of death, his father sends him from their home in Hong Kong to the family's beach house in Tarumi. The year is 1937, and the Japanese Imperial Army is on a steamrolling conquest through China. In idyllic Tarumi, however, Stephen swims, paints and grows healthier, meanwhile befriending Matsu, the caretaker of the house. Strong, silent Matsu is the epitome of the samurai, displaying his aristocratic heritage in the tender way that he cares for his exquisite garden. The storm that demolishes years of work is a counterpart to the grief that washes over Matsu when he thinks of his beloved, Sachi, who is a leper. Becoming engrossed in the lovers' tragic story, Stephen stays on in Tarumi, aware that by doing so he is avoiding a confrontation with his own father, who has confessed to an affair that will break up the family. Tsukiyama's writing is crystalline and delicate, notably in her evocation of time and place. This quiet tale of affection between people whose countries are at war speaks of a humanity that transcends geopolitics. (Mar.)
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