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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,038 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Tsukiyama Narrator: Stephen Park Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781427202055
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Japan, 1939. On the Street of a Thousand Blossoms in Tokyo, two orphaned brothers are growing up with loving grandparents who inspire them to dream of a future firmly rooted in tradition. The older boy, Hiroshi, shows early signs of promise in sumo wrestling, while Kenji is fascinated by the art of creating exquisite masks for actors in the Noh theater. But as the ripples of war spread all the way to their quiet neighborhood, the brothers must put their dreams on hold-and then forge their own paths in a new Japan. In a powerfully moving story that spans almost thirty years, Gail Tsukiyama brings her acclaimed depth of character and emotion to her biggest canvas yet-an epic novel of tradition and change, of loss and renewal, and above all of the enduring strength of family ties-at a turning point in modern history. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arlene | 2/5/2014

    " I really like this author. In this book she follows two brothers from their childhood in wartime Tokyo through their adult successes and tragedies. It is especially good with its view of the life of a Sumo wrestler. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marnie | 2/4/2014

    " I read this for my book club, and I had high hopes, because I'm very interested in Japan. However, I wasn't able to connect with any of the characters, which made for a very long read. Unless you have a definite interest in sumo wrestling, I wouldn't recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chet | 2/3/2014

    " Very good read with what I felt was an appropriate conclusion. I knew very little of Japanese culture and the time period of this book was Pre-World War Two through the early sixties. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 martha Boyle | 2/2/2014

    " For me, this book was painfully slow and did not hold my interest. It got better in the last third of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geneva | 1/28/2014

    " I loved this story, and I loved the characters. I found it heartwarming and poignant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/27/2014

    " If you enjoyed memoirs of a geisha i would say read this book--- it was good, but not great "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/8/2014

    " Aside from an interesting study of two sons in Japan pre and post WWII there were lots of facts about sumo wrestling and the carving of Noh masks "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 1/3/2014

    " It was interesting to see what happened during the attach on Japan. I enjoyed learning the history on sumo wrestling. I thought the book went over board on the trials that the boys suffered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marybeth | 12/30/2013

    " A story about Japanese family life leading up to, during and following World War II and the bombings by the U.S. Also learned a good bit about sumo wrestling and Noh theater - both very interesting. I loved the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany (chunkymonkey8) | 12/13/2013

    " Another beautiful story by Gail Tsukiyama. I listened to this one on audiobook and the narrator was wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/30/2013

    " I don't know why, but I love books that take place in Japan or China. I think I secretly want to be Asian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauri Sholar | 11/14/2013

    " Very interesting account of life in Japan both before and after World War II. Excellent story telling about life in the realms of the Noh Theater and Sumo. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 11/10/2013

    " I'm finding this book slow going. It gives great information and is well written, but the characters are flat ... and I just don't care about them. It's a book club book, so I'm plugging along however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 5/18/2013

    " Just didn't like this one as well as The Samurai's Garden, although the ending was a little less of a let-down. It was involving enough, just so sad at parts it was hard to develop any affection for the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nmsbay | 2/2/2013

    " I love this author! Beautifully written with full characters and insight into the Japanese pride and culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Baldino | 10/5/2012

    " Very interesting. Life bf and after the atomic bomb in japan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerjonji | 8/23/2012

    " Once again, with great beauty and grace, a story is unflinchingly told in a way that paints a moving picture in front of your eyes. Gail Tsukiyama remains one of my favorite writers as she crosses time and culture and takes you with her on the journey. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bxrlover | 3/27/2012

    " I can't take it anymore. Subject matter that should be fasciating and heart wrenching simply has me bored. Not sure what the problem is with this one, but I am going to quit while I am ahead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 12/17/2011

    " Moving and tragic interwoven stories. Tokyo--1939-66. But--also informative and not always sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn Mccarthy | 12/9/2011

    " I have read all Gail's books and really like them all. This book lived up to my high expectations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie Zook | 10/10/2011

    " Great description of Japan before and during WW11 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna Hansen | 8/12/2011

    " This story moves very slowly but smoothly through the lives of several Japanese families before and after WW 2. Because of the many, many Japanese terms, it was more pleasant for me to listen to the audiobook. Gail Tsukiyama uses language to paint delicate pictures of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzie | 7/13/2011

    " Good book that follows two families from pre-war Japan to the 1960s. I learned a lot about the culture & sumo wrestling - who knew there was so much more to the wrestling than just pushing big bodies around? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lahni | 6/8/2011

    " This book was a little different than I expected it to be. It is a beautifully told story that is rich with traditional Japanese culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corie | 5/19/2011

    " Not as good as the Samurai's Garden but I still enjoyed it for the most part. I am starting to feel like most of her books are the same. A strong character or two, one that is unstable, a child concieved out of wedlock, a child that dies, etc.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 2/28/2011

    " Great story, very sad. Death is a major theme in this book. I randomly saw this book at the library and it looked like a good in-plane read for a business trip. I wouldn't necessarily suggest reading it on a plane if you are one who cries at sad parts in books, like me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ami | 12/13/2010

    " A fantastic book that offers a look into the lives of Japanese brothers living at the intersection of traditional Japanese culture and the contemporary event of WWII. The characters are tragic but comforting, and offer insight into the reassurance of ritual in trying times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 12/4/2010

    " Haven't read one of hers that isn't outstanding. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bxrlover | 10/24/2010

    " I can't take it anymore. Subject matter that should be fasciating and heart wrenching simply has me bored. Not sure what the problem is with this one, but I am going to quit while I am ahead.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 10/21/2010

    " Just didn't like this one as well as The Samurai's Garden, although the ending was a little less of a let-down. It was involving enough, just so sad at parts it was hard to develop any affection for the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 10/19/2010

    " I don't think I needed to know that much about sumo wrestling. The characters were very interesting, I wanted to know more about what happened to all of them. "

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About the Author
Author Gail Tsukiyama

Gail Tsukiyama was born in San Francisco to a Chinese mother and a Japanese father. Her novels include Dreaming Water, Women of the Silk, The Language of Threads, and The Samurai’s Garden. She lives in El Cerrito, California.

About the Narrator

Stephen Park is an actor and audiobook narrator. He has appeared in the films State of Play, A Serious Man, Fargo, Toys, Kindergarten Cop, and Do the Right Thing. He was a regular cast member for one season on In Living Color and has appeared on Smash, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, White Collar, The Venture Bros., and Friends.