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  • Title: Shipwrecks
  • Author: Akira Yoshimura
  • ISBN: 9781841952215
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • This story is set in Medieval Japan, and narrated by Isaku, a boy living in a remote fishing village The villagers don t catch enough fish, so distill fresh water from sea water to sell More sinisterly the salt fires are used to lure ships aground, but then one sinks with a deadly cargo.
    Shipwrecks This story is set in Medieval Japan and narrated by Isaku a boy living in a remote fishing village The villagers don t catch enough fish so distill fresh water from sea water to sell More sinisterl

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    1. Nine year old boy , Isaku, struggles in the sea, reaching out for the driftwood, but the big waves constantly move over his small body , and then, pushing him out towards the deep water, on the back flow, as hard rain comes down relentlessly He can barely keep on his feet, the large piece of wood, almost as big as him, is stubbornly, stuck between the rocks The weak Isaku finally succeeds in removing it, the other villagers pick their driftwood easily and bring them back to shore The boy gets on [...]

    2. Kinzo had been laid up at home since summer One day he had lost his footing and slammed his back against a rock while out spearing octopus on the reef Unable to work, he became a burden on his family In a village flirting with starvation, an invalid would be written off as dead Shipwrecks is not a story for the faint of heart It is a tale of strife and pain, of lives spent in backbreaking work for little to no return, of pragmatic decisions that to an outsider may look like crimes against humani [...]

    3. I have not reviewed Akira Yoshimura s Shipwrecks It felt like I had Nope, the page is insisting that I have not It s blank What would I have said This isn t feelings mabelline I m born with the word stutterings Swear it I have conversations in my head Well, I used to all of the time I ve grown inward inward and less imagined hopeful outward so the mental conversations aren t me making up whole dialogues of what I wished would be said as much as me talking to me If other people do that The conve [...]

    4. What a great book The book itself is very small, but by the time you get to the end you realize that there was a lot to this story For example, in what is a story set in medieval Japan, you get the following topics that are imho apropos in the modern world how human beings use religion as a tool to cover up their own self interest, and how sometimes evil deeds are performed in the name of self preservation and the mob is drawn into the performance of these deeds without any thought about what th [...]

    5. One of the most beautiful and heartbreaking books I ve ever read I can remember vaguely reading this one in my twenties, and I ve always remembered it as being very moving but couldn t quite remember why Twenty year old me was a bit of a dumbass to be honest I know I didn t appreciate this book nearly as much as I should have I think the story resonates with me now that I m older and have a family of my own on re reading the book I had a lot of empathy for the mother who is trying so desperatel [...]

    6. Not your typical bloated historical fiction I want to rant about how wonderful this was, and tell you in detail about all the twists, turns and revelations, but that would ruin it for you It s a short book The story pivots around a small impoverished fishing village in medieval Japan, where life is ruled by nature and guided by rather dubious moral codes Frequently on the verge of death, and isolated from the general populace, villagers cling to sea worship and their ancestors rules of conduct S [...]

    7. 3.5 starsA bit reluctant to buy it from a secondhand bookshop called Shaman next to Khaosarn Road in Bangkok, I was not sure if I could finish reading this novel by Akira Yoshimura because I ve never read him before However, from its fine translation by Mark Ealey, I found reading it relatively readable from its eight chapters depicting a central protagonist named Isaku and the curse like fate that follows This synopsis should suffice as its background Isaku is a nine year old boy living in a re [...]

    8. This is a strange little book about a youth almost a man growing up in a marginal coastal village in nowheresville Japan The people are so poor that it is common to sell themselves as servants for a fixed period, in this way their families can avoid starvation The village has next to no useful crop land so everything is harvested from the forests and especially the sea The harvest includes shipwrecks which are lured onto the rocks by the villages A shipwreck is a rare event but when it does happ [...]

    9. This story is eerie and a bit like a child in a horror story the scariest thing you can imagine Or at least, that I can imagine In a poor village where life isn t guaranteed, the story follows a little boy, Isaku, and his family s destiny Survival is tough and the only happy moment is when ships smash on the rocks near their houses and they loot them of everything including killing the sailors It is scary and disheartening to think that your life is dependent on the killing of innocent people bu [...]

    10. Mishima s The Sound of Waves and Oe s Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids , but with a love affair that goes no further than an exchange of gifts I loved this perhaps the most No one would ever know how Isaku felt about Tami And she would be the love of his life Isn t that adorable Why doesn t anyone do that any Nowadays, he d probaby have a photo of his Tami tattoo on Twitter I also loved that everyone in this book is like me the kind of person who wakes up thinking Yay Friday and then, in the shower, [...]

    11. My God, this is flat There s no subtext What I mean to say is that in the books I like, really like, there s an overarching resonance The writing can be sonorous with what s left unsaid I can t find that here, which makes for a very one dimensional story.

    12. Yoshimura, Akira SHIPWRECKS 1982 this ed 2000 This was the first of this author s many books to be translated into English He was born in 1927 and was president of Japan s writer s union at one time, and is a member of International PEN In this novel, he tells the story of a village in medieval Japan It is a small fishing village of only 17 families They spend every available hour of their day seeking food to keep themselves alive Young boys are taught to fish from the time they are about eight [...]

    13. I loved this book, and the way it left me feeling Yoshimura paints poignant scenes of the hardships of life in a remote village on an isolated seacoast of Japan where villagers are often on the brink of starvation In the face of these hardships family members sell themselves into indentured servitude to protect the next generations, and employ a desperate and sinister technique luring ships onto the rocky shore, then murdering and pillaging for food and goods Though the shipwrecks are few and f [...]

    14. A wonderful read an isolated seaside village in medieval Japan which relies on the booty from shipwrecks to sustain themselves, and so lures unsuspecting ships to their dangerous shores Nicely written, a fascinating account of village and family life and customs Sounds anthropological I realize, but it s a novel and a good one.

    15. This is a beautifully told tale, tautly written, evoking another time we don t really know when in an isolated coastal village in Japan, where the villagers live according to strict traditions and morally questionable practices that ensure their survival It s a small jewel of a book that takes you into this culture and in spite of the obvious problems with their beliefs makes the reader a part of this community, sympathetic to the choices that they make.

    16. Magical picture of another time and place When I started it I had no idea what the setting was and it took a while to click into focus That was a nice way of reading this book If you re going to give it to someone else don t tell them too much about it It unfolds nicely in several stages I think it engages gently in moral questions as well as being beautiful.

    17. As the seasons change, one medieval Japanese village barely survives its harsh days hunger is all present constantly present It s lightly depressing, there is no plot and nature is dooming domina matrix and main fatality Very intriguing and absolutely different from anything hyper and glittered There is no resistance in this book, just stoical acceptance of God s will and nature.

    18. Romanul Naufragii propune o incursiune n universul de credin e i tradi ii nipone, obi nuind treptat cititorul cu diferen ele culturale La nceput, cartea d impresia c este scris prea simplu, oferind o imagine a satului pesc resc n lipsa unui vocabular bogat n figuri de stil n lipsa acestor subterfugii literare, autorul reia anumite idei, f r ca repeti ia s devin vreun deficit scriitoricesc Ba din contr , autorul nu doar c ntip re te n imagina ia cititorului tr s turile colectivului conturat, dar [...]

    19. This book is set in the very harsh seaside village on the coast of Japan The villagers rely on the Ocean to stay alive but not in the sense one would assume True, they are fishermen and they train their entire lives to fish and live off the Ocean, but the Ocean serves another purpose for them as well The villagers build large salt cauldrons which serve two purposes they sell the salt to neighboring villages and the fires from the alt burning cauldrons lure passing ships during the O fune sama wi [...]

    20. While I m checking reviews over books, I have noticed many many times words like depressing, sad, dark, are followed by ratings of 1 or 2 stars Something which is really annoying for me I cannot understand why a sad theme should be a bad feature on a book.Well, here is my view This book is beautifully sad and wonderfully tragic I m trying to respect any view over books but if you can t really understand how I find these characteristics so positive you should better go and watch a comedy romance [...]

    21. This is how I started a review of a Japanese film I enjoyed Dark depressing, slight hope, darker and depressing, hope again, cruel fate, roll credits That s pretty standard format for Japanese film and Japanese literature is much the same, but without the credits Shipwrecks is set in medieval Japan, a family in an impoverished fishing hamlet whose father had to sell himself away into a three year stint of indentured servitude for the family s survival Upon leaving he asks his hardworking wife n [...]

    22. What a great storyteller, and what a great story It s not often you come across a writer who can tell a story with simplicity yet in a highly effective manner You need to read between the lines a little here to understand the messages and the overall message , but that s what makes it great If you want a little preview without any spoilersA boy lives in a Japanese fishing village where he must learn to provide for his family via fishing, but the village always prays for o fune sama This relates [...]

    23. An easy read but not sure it was worth my time Very repetitive and the end is very predictable and depressing.Isaku, a 9 year old boy lives in a remote Japanese coastal fishing village To survive the people fish distill salt to sell to other villages But their greatest hope for survival is the O fine sama, the ships that run aground in the rough winter waters While the O fine sama happens rarely, the villagers can reap the rewards of the misfortune of others They kill any surviving crew members [...]

    24. This is a remarkably bleak novel Written very simply and without have much of a plot, it s a grim portrait of life in a desperately poor fishing village in medieval Japan The villagers light fires on the beach to try to lure ships onto the reef If a ship wrecks on the reef, they kill the survivors and loot the cargo Yet you can t blame them for this, for they are always on the brink of starvation They barely eke out a living by fishing, and people regularly sell themselves into indentured servit [...]

    25. This is smallish yet engrossing historical fiction book about a small, poor, desolate Japanese village and it s struggles to survive the weather and lack of food The story follows a young 9 year old, Isaku, who is now charged with looking after his family mother, and younger brother and sister as there father has sold himself into bondage for two years to earn the family village some much needed money.So our young lead has to quickly learn how to grow up, fish and protect his family and others i [...]

    26. I struggle with this, it was very slow and repetetive and nothing much happens But after some time all the repetition starts to make sense and make you think about the monotony and repetetiveness of the life of the people in that village It also made me think about how different my life today is and how little I could bear life in that village Which is completely opposite to the main character s thoughts who couldn t live anywhere else.Yeah, I think it was one of those books that is not that muc [...]

    27. Poignant novel told through the eyes of 9 year old Isaku, whose village in medieval Japan relies on the wreckage of merchant ships to survive Depictions of medieval life and customs amidst the harshness of peasant life make this a compelling, entrancing read Surprisingly this is Yoshimura s only novel that has been translated into English.

    28. A small fishing town in Japan is starving and chooses to purposefully lure ships onto the rocks so that they can salvage whatever they can from the wreckage This behavior leads to frightening consequences.

    29. Een fantastisch mooi boek over een Japanse familie De schrijver weet je mee te nemen in een verhaal, dat op zich niet zo spectaculair is misschien, maar zo mooi verteld, zo boeiend, zo Japans.Jammer dat er van deze schrijver niet meer in het Nederlands vertaald is.

    30. historical fiction from a world so strange and desperate it could almost pass for fantasy i only wish i hadn t read a blurb about it first and had the entire ending ruined.

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