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Shipwrecks

1 rating: 5.0
A book by Akira Yoshimura

Although Akira Yoshimura is one of Japan's most prolific and celebrated authors, his work is little known outside of his native country.Shipwrecks, one of the first of his 20 novels to be translated into English, tells the tale of Isaku, a 9-year-old … see full wiki

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Author: Akira Yoshimura
Publisher: Mariner Books
1 review about Shipwrecks

Living and dying in a small Japanese village

  • Nov 30, 2009
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+5
This book is short, to the point, and an excellent read! It concerns people who eke out a barely adequate living in a tiny village on a small rocky coast in medieval Japan. The people work very hard just to survive, but they depend on the occasional shipwreck (which they help cause) to supplement their own food supplies.

We read in fascination and horror how the shipwrecks are caused, and the total lack of remorse shown by the villagers, even the youngest among them, one of whom is the protagonist. When a shipwreck comes that causes consequences that are unexpected, the novel really soars, and we watch as the village suffers for it actions. It's not a pretty book by any means, but one well worth reading.

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