We may not brush our hair, change out of our pajamas, or sit down at the dining table, but we always make time to read.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
The Street of a Thousand Blossoms - Gail Tsukiyama
My mom has been telling me to read this book for years. As usual, I should listen to my mother. I am a big fan of Gail Tsukiyama and have a number of her books unread on my shelves. I feel like I'm saving them for something, but I know I need to just read them and enjoy! The Street of a Thousand Blossoms takes place in Japan mostly following the bombings of Hiroshima/Nagasaki during World War II. The book focuses on orphaned brothers, Hiroshi and Kenji. While Hiroshi follows his dream of becoming a sumo wrestler, the quieter Kenji gravitates toward the beautiful mask making of the Noh theater. The story spans decades and follows the brothers through the lives in post-was Japan. At times, this book was a bit too tragic for my tastes. It seemed like sadness lurked around every corner - often, I felt, unnecessarily. But, Tsukiyama tells a wonderful story about a family and brothers who find each other no matter how different their life paths and desires. Definitely one of the best books I've read this year.