His father in turn suggests that Stephen should spend some time in his late grandfather's house in the village of Tarumi where the caretaker Matsu could look after him. I really liked the leprosy side, it added a lot of depth and was also interesting because I knew few things about the illness. Stephen first believes that his time in Tarumi will be too quiet and expects boredom. However, I fully admit to being introspective in reaction to external conflicts to the point of neurotic anxiety, so I may be judging the character too harshly in terms of how he chooses to deal with all the chaos around him. The novel starts with Stephen feeling as if he has been exiled.
The war means that some Japanese in Tarumi are hostile toward Stephen because he is Chinese. There is a supposedly taciturn and secretive gardener Matsu, who after a few days spills all his sweet red beans to Stephen-san. You may be annoyed by Stephen's detachment from his real family and replacement with this one that is fairy tale-fantasy. My top love this year. Stephen's taciturn caretaker emerges as a hero, a woman whose face is eaten away by leprosy is profoundly beautiful and his Japanese friends are his country's enemies.
Kenzo was shocked to see her. I found such peacefulness when reading this story even though much of it is about a village of lepers living in Japan in the 1930s. Stephen Chan is a young man of 20, recovering from tuberculosis. Matsu taught Stephen many lessons about honor, the cruelties of humanity, and what it is to love someone. What's love got to do, got to do, got to do with it? How is this connection represented and developed? Japanese culture is incorporated into the story. The second garden is Sachi's and is, in many ways, the opposite of Matsu's. This quite tale of affection between people whose countries are at war speaks of humanity that transcends geopolitics.
But while 'The Guest Cat' didn't blink its How did I read 800+ books without discovering Gail Tsukiyama? Silence and honor cannot remove the threats of natural disasters, fires and storms of nature and of people. Here he is cared for by Matsu, a reticent housekeeper and a master gardener. Matsu begins to take Stephen on his frequent visits to Sachi. It is nearly a fairy tale, and a very gentle one, at that. My top When your life and soul are ready to see the beauty in silence and stillness, then this book is the one for you. This is a coming of age A wonderfully written and poignant story. If we can understand how friendship affects someone 's well-being than we can make the world a happier place.
It is through Matsu's care that Stephen recovers and gains his own character. The theme of suicide can be seen where Tomoko takes her own life after finding out she was infected with leprosy and when Kenzo hangs himself after his friendly supposedly betrayed him. What an utterly magical author! The curious Stephen discovers a long-ago love triangle between Matsu, his best friend, Kenzo, and Sachi, a beautiful woman afflicted with leprosy in her youth and now living in a remote leper village in the mountains. Matsu is a samurai of the soul, a man devoted to doing good and finding beauty in a cruel and arbitrary world, and Stephen is a noble student, learning to appreciate Matsu's generous and nurturing way of life and to love Matsu's soul-mate, gentle Sachi, a woman afflicted with leprosy. I wish I could 'savor' poetic writing, as Oprah does, but I guess it's just not my thing. The portrait depicts a seated woman expressing emotions that are considered as enigmatic and appealing to the whole world.
I want to sip the strength from their soul and how they could live in such honorable tranquility, no matter how hard their trials and tribulations were. That is just plain not true as lepers skin does not in fact 'rot' nor is their an odor from it. A couple of years ago, I read 'The Guest Cat', which a friend had recommended, and I didn't like that book at all. The only company he has is the silent Matsu who looks after the house and garden. He suffers from tuberculosis, and it is decided that he should join his businessman father in Kobe, Japan for a while. While a great story and a touching one like most of her other novels I somehow wanted this story to give me more and was expecting it do so only be a little let down in the end.
The complex relationship between Tsukiyama's characters, and the physical adversities and conflicts they face, ultimately hold the significance for the title of the novel. This book is definitely well-written, and because of that, I've given it 4 stars, rather than 3. While the main characters of the novel have transverse their own difficulties and hardships; bringing every character to experience their own individual loneliness and sorrow is a true revelation that people are characterized by necessary tools to survive despite of the world. Even… 1645 Words 7 Pages reading many kinds of literature about women 's rights and suffrages. The Japanese are conquering China, but the young man Stephen who loves to call himself Stephen-san which he shouldn't do when speaking about himself doesn't really care either for his country, his friends, or his family. She chose to live rather than have self-pity for what she had lost.
I wanted to walk through this garden again and again. Stephen is sent from China to his grandfather's beach house in Japan. As the book was set in the 1930s, there wasn't really technology or speed, letters took weeks or mo A peaceful and very pleasant read, dealing with leprosy and with nice characters. His father is a wheeler-dealer businessman who does much business in Japan as his father before him did. These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Stephen becomes fascinated with the family's faithful and taciturn servant, Matsu, and his mysterious past. He has to leave Hong Kong and his family and adapt to a life with Matsu, the silent housekeeper.