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  • By Carol Fleenor
    Oct 1, 2011
    A young couple face tremendous odds in a war torn world. Eriik is a Dane, son of missionaries, and Tomoe is young Japanese girl with questionable background. They meet in Karuizawa, a mountain retreat that during World War II housed foreigners from Europe and America, trapped by the onslaught of conflict. The story of young love in the light of cultural differences, family intrigue, and espionage help to make this story riveting. One can hardly put the book down. Not only is the story interesting, but the backdrop of information about Japan and the little known details of life inside Japan during World War II make for informative reading. The author has footnoted each chapter of interesting facts that help the reader understand the period and some of the historical characters that are mentioned in the story. Many Japanese words are given with their meanings so that people who love Japan, actually can learn a great deal through this exciting story. Although a work of fiction, one feels... More > the authenticity of the period and the story is quite believable. The narrative takes the reader back to before World War II and spans Europe and parts of America and then a series of events follows the main characters to the end of the war. The author knows his material and one can feel the story is honest and forthright. I recommend this book highly. Students of Japanese will find it informative, historians will learn about little known facts about foreigners living in Japan during the war, and young people will enjoy a good love story with lots of mystery and intrigue. There is plenty of action as well. A good read!!!< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
Asama Press
October 12, 2011
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.38 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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