A True Novel

A True Novel

Book - 2013
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A remaking of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights set in postwar Japan

A True Novel begins in New York in the 1960s, where we meet Taro, a relentlessly ambitious Japanese immigrant trying to make his fortune. Flashbacks and multilayered stories reveal his life: an impoverished upbringing as an orphan, his eventual rise to wealth and success--despite racial and class prejudice--and an obsession with a girl from an affluent family that has haunted him all his life. A True Novel then widens into an examination of Japan's westernization and the emergence of a middle class.

The winner of Japan's prestigious Yomiuri Literature Prize, Mizumura has written a beautiful novel, with love at its core, that reveals, above all, the power of storytelling.
Publisher: New York :, Other Press,, [2013]
Edition: First single-volume edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781590517062
Branch Call Number: F MIZ
Characteristics: 854 pages : illustrations, map, genealogical table ; 22 cm


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Feb 24, 2018

Epic novel of post-war intertwined Japanese families and a mixed-race man who was once their houseboy, told in first-person by two different people: the novelist who wrote their story and their maid who knew them. Based on Wuthering Heights (which I hated), I found this beautifully written book and its characters thoroughly engrossing. Highly recommended.

Kristin_M_M Mar 18, 2016

"A True Novel" is a haunting and nostalgic story. Central to the tale is the enigmatic Taro Azuma, a man who is tortured by the inability to give in to the hidden passions that drive his existence. While the nesting-doll structure of this book gives it a slow pace, Taro's striking and mysterious presence will keep you reading as his history is revealed. On a grander scale, this book is a compelling study of post-war Japan and a subtle commentary on the societal changes that followed. This is a story that will stay with you long after it has been read.

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