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This book was alright... I have read other books from the narrator before such as across the nightingale floor which in my opinion was much better. I struggled with this book and all the changes in storylines and too many characters and often felt lost and wasn't sure what was going on. Tsuru was by far the best character but again wasn't always sure about the character... Were they transgender? Or they just liked wearing boy clothes... That was never brought up again after that section of the story was finished, although we head from Tsuru again, massive parts of her story line before were not mentioned
I liked the story but wouldn't listen again.
This was an enjoyable listen for me and I have rated it with four stars, partly for the sheer effort and time that must have gone into the research and writing of it. I select novels for their length and potential to absorb me in their story, thusly, i have listened to several novels of an oriental flavour, or by japanese authors and have never been disappointed. The only difficulty i had had with this novel was my inability to keep track of, and relate to the many various characters. This may be down to the fact that I was driving for the duration but whatever the reason, i was unable to feel compassion for, and relate to fifty % of its variously flavoured characters. That being said, this is still a wonderful body of work by an auther that has clearly put her heart and soul into its creation. Despite my own shortfalls, I still found the years falling away and another time and place trying to draw me in to its seductive embrace and I am filled with regret that it didn't quite succeed on this occasion. In conclusion, let me just say that I am filled with admiration for Lian, and look forward keenly for her next novel. MangoWriter.
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