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E son père Mais uand la fiancée de Pinkerton l'apprend elle décide de ramener l'enfant aux États unis en lui expliuant ue sa mère est mort. Truth is shapeless Like water it can be different things to different people it can bring life if you drink it or death if you drown One truth will tell how a tea house girl took an American sailor into her bed There s a truth in which an orphan child was sold by one man to another There s a truth in which a girl saw a golden man walking up a hill towards her and loved him for the whole of her life Chapter 55 Butterfly s Shadow is a hauntingly heartbreakingly beautiful novel that imagines the aftermath of Puccini s Madama Butterfly Langley s prose flows effortlessly and captures a mood of listless hope Each character is well developed with clear reasonings and motivations that are skilfully revealed via the shifting focalisation The theme of identity threads throughout the narrative as the cast struggle with conflicting realities of who they are The story provides a satisfying contrast to Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and artfully explores the uestion of what happened next

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Nagasaki années 1920 Cho Cho a 15 ans et se retrouve orpheline Pour subvenir à ses besoins son oncle décide de vendre les charmes de la jeun. I do recommend this book and I am very glad I read it but perfect it isn t Let me explain This is a book of historical fiction Isn t the main goal of this genre to teach about a passed time in history I want historical fiction to make history come alive I want to learn both the historical facts and to understand how the people who lived through the events felt This story starts with Puccini s opera Madame Butterfly where Pinkerton an American has a child with a Japanese wife They have a child He returns and with his American fianc wife to take the child back to America Then the Japanese mother commits suicide That is the story of the opera This story is what happens next with a few alterations I will not tell you what is changed This story is about the child and his life in America and through his tale we are meant to learn about history We learn about the years of the Depression Roosevelt s New Deal Pearl Harbor America s involvement in the Second World War the Japanese Internment Camps and finally the bombing of Tokyo Hiroshima and Nagasaki And As you can imagine the central theme is about being Japanese in America during these years It is also about being Japanese while fighting on the side of the Allies And I learned details about the antics of General McArthur I have read about all this before but I learned You learn about Japanese philosophy and semantics I particularly liked the sections concerning the meaning and usage of Japanese words phrases and idioms The intricacies of Japanese semantics were fascinating There is humor The American dialog is perfect The brutalities directed toward the Japanese residents in the US are gut wrenching You are there in the internment camps and can experience what life was really like there on those beds in those close uarters lacking food and so horribly discriminated against Enlistment became a means of escape How were the Japanese treated after the war All of this is part of the book The narrator of the audiobook was Laurel Lefkow The American dialogs were spot on but the pronunciation of Japanese words could have been improved The Japanese speaking English took a while to get used to At times the melodrama of the words was exaggerated by the narrator s intonations This was unfortunate My prime complaint of this novel concerns the chain of events chosen by the author In the attempt to teach us about the chosen historical events she constructed a story so that these events could be explored The events could have rolled out in this manner but they probably would not have There are way too many coincidences Even if in Madame Butterfly the American wife agreed to take the child and raise him as her own in this novel it did not ring true As it is portrayed in this novel she rushes in and grabs a child that is not her own Now why would she do that It does not make sense in this novel Not at all This aspect of the novel was a major fault in the story Very unconvincing Still I learned a lot and definitely recommend the book either the audio or the written versionETA there are some really good lines too Taste theseHospitals are no place for sick people to be Truth is shapeless like waterI didn t know I was Japanese until Roosevelt told usThey the two bodies fit together like a soft jigsaw puzzle 0

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E fille Naïvement elle tombe amoureuse de son premier client Pinkerton un marin américain Un petit garçon naît de cette relation blond comm. I love novels that help me to learn a little about the country they are set in I want to visit Japan


10 thoughts on “Butterflys Shadow

  1. says:

    I do recommend this book and I am very glad I read it but perfect it isn’t Let me explain This is a book of historical fiction Isn’t the main goal of this genre to teach about a passed time in history? I want historical fiction to make history come alive I want to learn both the historical facts and to understand how the people who lived through the events felt This story starts with Puccini’s opera Mad

  2. says:

    Not really what I had expected The book is said to cover the development of a child until it's adolescence Well it didn't really do that The first half was about its parents of which the first part in Japan was interesting to read but the rest could have been skipped easily It described the all day life of the family and the depression in America like a history book that a novel involving character development The second

  3. says:

    Interesting rather addictive and rather sad tale of the first twenty odd years of a man's life covering the between war years and world war two Taking Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly as a starting point so I rea

  4. says:

    I love novels that help me to learn a little about the country they are set in I want to visit Japan

  5. says:

    This historical fiction story begins where Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly concludes It is a beautiful book about undying love a childadult discovering his roots and two families' experiences on both sides of th

  6. says:

    I really appreciated reading this book The way the writer describes the Japanese culture retained longer and kind of pushed me into research The words from the book The tradition remains when everything else falls away Looking into Tradition word I found The Tradition is the set of beliefs of a people which is followed conservatively with respect through generations Curious as european we may not really have much consideration

  7. says:

    3 12 starsI kept wavering back and forthI love the opera MADAMA BUTTERFLY and have seen it I can remember being so shocked by the setting of 'One Fine Day' as I watched and listened Langley takes this story fleshes it out from both points of vi

  8. says:

    I was excited to read this book because i had read Butterfly's Child for book club and found the concept of continuing the story of Cio Cio and her son's lives after the end of the Madame Butterfly opera very inte

  9. says:

    'Truth is shapeless Like water it can be different things to different people it can bring life if you drink it or death i

  10. says:

    Narrated by Laurel Lefkow10 hrs and 54 minsPublisher's SummaryIn a Japan still rigid with tradition an apprehensive 15 year