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  • By Jonathan Schwab
    Dec 22, 2009
    In the style of his former book, Stephen has mingled period Japanese history and style with very human characters. This book is set in the days when being a Christian was not allowed in Japan. A husband and wife were crucified by a local authority in order to demonstrate his power and scare people about foreign Christian beliefs. Orphaned by that sad event, a beautiful young girl tries to maintain some semblance of life. Eventually she meets and marries a young man who shares her faith and beliefs. They begin a secluded life together, but then return to the hotel her father used to own and run. Set near volcanic Mount Asama, the author does a good job of portraying the geography and environment. A major eruption is described at the end of the book. One major theme in this and his former book is marital faithfulness before and within marriage. Since sexuality is a turbulent topic in the United States, and since both books portray fidelity, they are in stark contrast to Japanese culture... More > of that day, and U. S. culture of today. The message of keeping yourself for your wife until after marriage and then within that union was needed then and is now. Again this book makes a different culture real and relevant to readers in the 21st century.< Less
  • By Deborah Handman
    Oct 20, 2009
    I just ordered this book today. It looks fascinating. I lived in Japan for several years but I never knew there was a substantial Christian community ever in Japan. I am interested in seeing how this developed and what happened since I believe Japan has less than a 1% Christian population now. The Japanese daimyo/samurai culture is fascinating and one I want to learn even more about. I love the historical novel genre, so I'm hoping the novel will have an interesting story line while also providing some history and background information on Japan. The author has lived in Japan for over thirty years and is fluent in the language and knowledgeable about the culture, so it should be accurate historically and a rare kind of book on Japan. Asama is still an active volcano today, and I actually climbed it while living in Japan, so I am interested in its early history. I'm looking forward to this read.
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January 13, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.1 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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