Monday, August 6, 2007
Bonnie said, "Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama is a novel that has stayed with me since I read it over a decade ago. It's the gardens I remember, one that is made up entirely of stones (literally, a rock garden) and one with colorful flowers. Which one do you think is the samurai's garden?"
On the eve of the Second World War, a 20-year-old Chinese man is sent to his family's summer home in Japan to recover from tuberculosis. He will rest, swim in the salubrious sea, and paint in the brilliant shoreside light. It will be quiet and solitary. But he meets four local residents: a lovely Japanese girl his own age and three older people. Young Stephen has his own adventure, but it is the unfolding story of Matsu, Sachi, and Kenzo that seizes your attention and will stay with you forever.