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Download Sword and Blossom: A British Officer's Enduring Love for a Japanese Woman Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (60 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Pagnamenta Narrator: Robert Ian MacKenzie Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Esteemed British journalists Peter Pagnamenta and Momoko Williams penned this tale of bittersweet love during a tumultuous time. This true story is drawn from the more than 800 letters a British officer and his Japanese lover exchanged over four decades.

Arthur Hart-Synnot, a third-generation British officer, was sent to Japan in 1904 to learn the language of Britain's newest ally. Masa Suzuki, a beautiful Japanese woman scorned because of an early divorce, worked at the Tokyo Officers' Club. The two fell immediately in love and conceived a son before Arthur was whisked away by the military during World War I. Though Arthur would only see Masa little, he supported his Japanese family and kept alive the hope that he and Masa could live together blissfully.

Revealed in this story of a passion that endured three wars is not only one couple's personal history, but the history of two completely different cultures.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Naomi Porter | 10/24/2013

    " Very interesting! The story is entirely based on real letters between a British officer and his Japanese love...reads more like a documentary than a novel. I was sad and mad at the outcome, but that's real life for ya. Learned a lot about England and Japan in the 20th century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elieharmon | 9/28/2011

    " Another true memoir that I loved! If you like Memoir of a Geisha read this!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jonathan | 5/1/2011

    " It starts out good as a budding/forbidden romance, but the cowardly and spoiled aptitude of the British officer ended up pissing me off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dee | 3/30/2011

    " great story, really makes you think about loyalty, personal feelings, and prejudice "

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