Even now, it's a joke between us. I really enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere. Both the caretaker and the woman find fulfillment in their painstaking care of their gardens. The fears you have right now should be gone by the end of the year if you start to make goals. But underneath the calm surface there is much more going on.
Beautifully written, this is a story to remember after the last page has been turned over. His father in turn suggests that Stephen should spend some time in his late grandfather's house in the village of Tarumi where the caretaker Matsu could look after him. So he travels to stay at his family's Summer shore side home in Tarumi, Japan to recoup from a battle with tuberculosis. Also, another nitpick, how is it that Stephen can understand the Japanese citizens perfectly? The reader is shown how beauty can exist in a cruel world. The Japanese and Chinese were fighting a at that time, and Keiko's family had prejudiced opinions about Chinese people especially Keiko's father. I'm just going to glaze over my problems with this book, or else I'd be writing a novel.
He cannot help but feel concern for those left behind in Hong Kong, but there is much to keep him in Japan. His father is a wheeler-dealer businessman who does much business in Japan as his father before him did. But the friend had suggested that book to me thinking that I would like the quiet, meditative quality in that book. I found such peacefulness when reading this story even though much of it is about a village of lepers living in Japan in the 1930s. This book covers a wide range of topics in human suffering, yet the elder characters are filled with acceptance and devotion.
Remember, beauty is not always what is on the surface. Their relationships are delicate and subtle. This is a coming of age story, a love story and a story about the true meaning of beauty as well as a historical novel. Removed from cars and planes. And total immersion, which a year in a foreign country would certainly be, is the best way to improve your language skills. We learn of Japanese daily life as well as festivals and celebrations, religious ceremonies, food and cooking.
Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu's secret and gains not only physical strength, but also profound spiritual insight. I really cannot see them using the language of their enemy even to accommodate a guest. Throughout his stay in Tarumi Stephen faces many set-backs in his physical health, but through Matsu he learns how to overcome them and ultimately gains his strength back. The primary theme is about beauty. His father is a wheeler-dealer businessman who does much business in Japan as his father before him did.
She also describes lepers with missing limbs and fingers as if it is common with leprosy but in fact most often then not it is only skin lesions caused by severe nerve damage and contrary to popular conception, leprosy does not actually cause body parts to simply fall off. As soon as I encountered Matsu a quite man with little to say and so much inner goodness I wished to be Stephen recovering and learning so much from a humble mentor with so much integrity it brings tears to my eyes. Tuberculosis, being in a foreign country that is currently attacking your homeland, leprosy, suicide, parental issues, and so many other major events that seemed to only register for brief moments within the narrator's mind as a side note to an entry. Tuberculosis, being in a foreign country that is currently attacking your homeland, leprosy, suicide, parental issues, and so many other major events that seemed to only register for brief moments within the narrator's mind as a side note to an entry. Also, Stephen's Ba-ba father had an affair with a Japanese woman, and even gave money to his mistress. Stephen is at first nervous about this trip, but loosens when he meets Sachi. With the family's close associations with Japan, it would hardly be surprising that he spoke some Japanese.
He stays with Matsu a mas A gracefully illuminating novel that is tender and as delicate as a first blooming blossom in Spring. With Japan's invasion of China, Tsukiyama attempts to cast a dark shadow over the isolated village; but for all her hero's agonizing over whether or not to return to Hong Kong, no sense of wartime tension is evident. The Japanese Garden that used to break down the broad scope of all the different elements is a Japanese Garden. Languish for a while in the Tsukiyama's Japanese garden and you may never want to leave. There are a few books that represent beauty in there own ways. The war means that some Japanese in Tarumi are hostile toward Stephen because he is Chinese.
I don't see his interest in being a painter, a good looking one at that as mentioned by many of the other characters, as a good enough excuse for this constant preoccupation and lack of further insight into those around him, especially when concerning the females. As Such a quiet, slow paced book, but yet so much happens. Stephen's mother tells him of his father's affair and asks him to intervene. Stephen first believes that his time in Tarumi will be too quiet and expects boredom. He misses his class mates back in Canton, and his three siblings in Hong Kong, especially his little sister Pie Penelope. The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as a somber backdrop for her unusual story about a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen who is sent to his family's summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis. It is a deep, thoughtful, sad and beautiful tale of friendship, love and beauty.