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  • Title: The Pearl Diver
  • Author: Jeff Talarigo
  • ISBN: 9781400034918
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1948, a nineteen year old pearl diver s dreams of spending her life combing the waters of Japan s Inland Sea are shattered when she discovers she has leprosy By law, she is exiled to an island leprosarium, where she is stripped of her dignity and instructed to forget her past Her name is erased from her family records, and she is forced to select a new one To the twoIn 1948, a nineteen year old pearl diver s dreams of spending her life combing the waters of Japan s Inland Sea are shattered when she discovers she has leprosy By law, she is exiled to an island leprosarium, where she is stripped of her dignity and instructed to forget her past Her name is erased from her family records, and she is forced to select a new one To the two thousand patients on the island of Nagashima, she becomes Miss Fuji.Although drugs arrest the course of Miss Fuji s disease, she cannot leave the colony Instead, she becomes a caretaker to the other patients, and through the example of their courage, she gains insight into the deep wellspring of strength she will need to reclaim her freedom Written with precision and eloquence, The Pearl Diver is a dazzling meditation on isolation and community, cruelty and compassion.
    The Pearl Diver In a nineteen year old pearl diver s dreams of spending her life combing the waters of Japan s Inland Sea are shattered when she discovers she has leprosy By law she is exiled to an island lepr

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    1. This is a sad, but beautiful story Jeff Talarigo s prose is formidable and his words economical he tells this unique story with elegant efficiency It felt so real at times, I felt like I was reading a true story I yearn to know about this sympathetic heroine, Ms Fuji Talarigo s words are perfect This quote from the story says it all Words are the most important thing we have A few words, one word, can change history The last sentence in the epilogue made me shudder Read this novel if you want t [...]

    2. I normally don t read historical fiction I loved the cover of The Pearl Diver, so I decided to give it a tryI am so glad that I did The story takes place in Japan and starts out in the year 1938 You are introduced to the world of pearl divingd a 19 year old girl who is just starting to get comfortable with pearl diving and with her co divers She is suddenly taken ill with leprosy, and shunned by her family and friends She makes the journey to the island of Nagashima, where all of the others with [...]

    3. I m not sure why I picked this book up, but I m glad I did It s told through a first person narrator, letting us see into life in Japan and in a leprosarium Miss Fuji, the main character, deals matter of factly with her disease and the conditions on the island to which she s been exiled The calm tone only increases the horror of the way the patients are treated The book was well written and worth reading.

    4. Author Jeff TalarigoTitle The Pearl DiverGenre Historical fictionPublication Info DoubleDay New York 2004.Recommended Age 14 and upPlot Summary A 19 year old Japanese girl who dives for pearls to help her family with the cost of living is diagnosed with leprosy It is 1948, and she knows that she will be cast out of society if she is found with such a disease She hides out in a shed by the water for a couple of days, but the local authorities find her and row her to an island leprosarium on Nagas [...]

    5. More like a 2.5 for me but I feel that the story contained within is one that needs to be told so it will receive three stars The story started off fine, but by the last 100 pages or so I was forcing myself to finish it and this is a short book, a little over the 200 page mark I wasn t too fond of the style of writing the author used for this The book was choppy, written as segments based on artifacts collected on the island of Nagashima, which was a small island off the coast of Japan where peo [...]

    6. During a wintery camping trip, this book has finally come off of the pile to be read Having so many books and so little time, I have seriously been considering skimming off the ones I didn t think I would get round to reading, and had I not been in the middle of a field in a blizzard this is likely to have been one of them I am sooo pleased it wasn t.This is definitely one of those books where the cover belies the beauty within Jeff Talarigo who I had not heard of previously has such a way with [...]

    7. This book is a soulful novel of acceptance and denial, written in an etherial tone that has the resonance of free form poetry The story is permeated with a sense of melancholia, but rendered with persistent dignity It follows the life of a young Japanese woman diagnosed with leprosy at age 19, and who is exiled to live on an island leper colony with a new identity and new name, Miss Fuji Soon after her arrival to the leprosarium post WWII modern medicines became available that stop the progress [...]

    8. The story is of a young woman, nineteen years of age, who is a pearl diver Even this aspect of the story I found fascinating the author describes very well the lifestyle of a pearl diver in the days when it was still done without special equipement Even in the 40 s, which is when this book begins, pearls were harvested in much the same way they must have been for centuries The girl learns that she has leprosy, and the rest of the book is set in a leprosorium on an island, which has no conctact w [...]

    9. Es la segunda vez que, sin esperarlo, la lepra aparece en una novela que leo sobre Jap n El t tulo de esta es La buscadora de perlas, pero podr a haber sido El zapatero o El herrero, ya que a las cuarenta p ginas el oficio de la protagonista pasa a un segundo plano y la enfermedad lo ocupa todo Por tanto, el nombre es enga oso Y ya puestos, yo no la considerar a una novela con todas las letras porque le falta lo fundamental una historia.La buscadora de perlas, la se orita Fuji probablemente Fuji [...]

    10. This is such a beautiful book and storyIt really shows not in,y the strength that people can have through out horrible situations but also how completely horrible and mean people can be especially to those that did nothing to deserve it.This is a historical fiction in a way, but at the same time it doesn t not read like one nor really has the typical historical aspects To me it seem like a biography or historical view into a specific time and place.This is not the easiest story to read Mostly b [...]

    11. People like to blame misfortune on its victims When a sore on a young pearl diver s arm is diagnosed as leprosy, she is chased down, declared dead, and confined to a small island populated by thousands of other patients She stays there the rest of her life.Miss Fuji, the pearl diver, meets her life s trials estrangement from her family, conflict with island administrators, personal doubt with resignation The treatment for the physical symptoms of her disease is available from the first months of [...]

    12. This is a beautiful little book, and I loved it The story begins with a young pearl diver in Japan in the 1940 s, she loves the diving, the sea and everything about her chosen career But it is all stripped from her when she discovers she has leprosy, and she is taken from all that she knows and loves and is put into isolation on an island for leprosy patients She is told to forget her past life, it is now dead to her, and her life begins the day she sets foot in the leprosarium.Though physically [...]

    13. I don t think I have read many books that have such layers in a rich and haunting character of Miss Fuji The Pearl Diver by Jeff Talarigo captivated me The author created a tender and moving story of a young woman exiled and abandoned because of leprosy He combined the deep texture of a captivating character and a strong sense of place to evoke a deep emotional response from the reader, forcing them to experience both anger and compassion at Miss Fuji s situation This reader sensed the author s [...]

    14. This is the story of a 19 year old girl She is a pearl diver in Japan She develops leprosy and is cast out from her family, her job, and her future to an island with other lepers I learned a great deal about leprosy that I did not know This book also made me think about how fear controls our actions It made me grateful for my simple life and the freedoms I take for granted every day.My only criticism of the book is the author s use of Artifacts to propel the story line I wish he just told the st [...]

    15. The writing in this book was not as lyrical and haunting as it was in Jeff Talarigo s second novel, The Ginseng Hunter, but I enjoyed it just the same A sad story filled with details about the life of a nineteen year old girl, a pearl diver, who is sent to the Nagashima Leprosarium when she discovers she has the disease I liked the way Talarigo uses artifacts from the period as an introductory device for each chapter A solid read readers who liked Molokai and The Colony will enjoy this book.

    16. I would have rated this book higher, except that I don t love books which make me cry This is a very moving book, beginning at the end of WWII, about a young pearl diver who develops leprosy She is taken to an island, where she is made to give herself a new name Her family is dishonored and she no longer has contact She works with other patients and makes friends she is punished for swimming to the next island just to observe other people.

    17. Fascinating book about a 19 year old pearl diver in Japan in 1938 who is discovered to have leprosy and is banned to an island lepers colony for life, giving up her family, her name, and what she loved to do best, dive Ultimately, she becomes a caretaker for others on the island who have leprosy when there is no one else to step forward to help Vivid descriptions of the life of a pearl diver and of those in the leper colony.

    18. Interesting but very sad story about a 19 year old Japanese girl who happens to be a pearl diver that contracts leprosy and is forcibly removed from her home to the leprosarium on the island of Nagashima The 240 pages just didn t develop the characters enough for me although the drama of the story was really the leprosy itself and how cruelly people were treated that were afflicted with Hansen s disease before a cure came along.

    19. My friend told me to read the Pearl Diver so I did.Now I see there are THREE books all with the title The Pearl Diver.I am wonderfing if I read the right oneDENDUM it turns out I DID NOT read the book that was recommended, so now I am trying to find the right one meanwhile, this one was not a waste of time

    20. Loved this book and so interesting it was from the perspective each chapter was linked to an object in a museum collections of a hansen s disease colony objects used to tell stories.

    21. Very poetic, and a bit bittersweet This wasn t my typical novel, but I enjoyed the writing style and reading about a topic that was foreign to me.

    22. Your life begins here right now Forget everything Name and all Wipe it from your head as if it were never there The Pearl Diver, a historical fiction written by Jeff Talarigo, follows the life of a nineteen year old, Japanese, pearl diver who is exiled by law for having leprosy She must adopt a new identity and learn to live in the leprosarium.It was this concept that originally compelled me to read The Pearl Diver, and it was the author s portrayal of the concept that compelled me to keep readi [...]

    23. The Peal Diver is not so much about plot line, as it is about the human soul For some people a novel without a real plot line can be a tedious read, and at times this novel was but it has an ever lasting beauty in its main character Miss Fuji and the story of her life that she has to tell us.This novel beings in the 1940 s with a 19 year old peal diver She loves the sea and dreads when diving season is over and has to be around her family Before she can get to this intense level of the season s [...]

    24. This was an unusual book While I didn t dislike it, I certainly can t find a reason to recommend it to anyone It was very poignant and moving but it was so very dark and unsettling that I almost didn t finish it The biggest chunk I walked away from this book with is the fact that there are many people out there bearing the weight of other people s ignorance and prejudice The Pearl Diver is essentially about this young woman who dives for pearls and other sea items such as octopus, crabs and anyt [...]

    25. The sign of a good book is one that leaves me weeping openly in a public place That s certainly what this book did for me A 4.5 star book for me, this is a story that is deeply touching and involved Americans rarely think of leprosariums or, as they are colloquially known as, leper colonies in the modern day It s easy to forget that not every country is at the forefront of openness and educating against the stigma of various diseases or perceived diseases this is something that America has stumb [...]

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