Shirobamba: A Childhood in Old Japan

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Diane Publishing Company, Jul 1, 1991 - Fiction - 200 pages
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A classic of modern Japanese literature, this enchanting autobiographical novels tells the story of 7-year-old Kosaku & his coming to terms with the adult world in turn-of-the-century rural Japan. Because of Japan's often complex kinship arrangements, Kosaku is raised by the redoubtable, often infuriating, but lovable Granny Onui. His affection for Granny Onui, his fear & fascination with the forbidding personality of his natural mother, & his infatuation with his young aunt Sakiko enmesh Kosaku in a complicated web of conflicting emotions that are finely realized & beautifully conveyed by one of Japan's foremost modern novelists.

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User Review  - Connie - Goodreads

I am a fan of Inoue's; he is a very sensitive writer. Shirobamba is the kind of book that leaves one feeling cozy and makes one reminisce on the carefree days of childhood. Read full review

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User Review  - Wendy - Goodreads

The story of a Japanese boy, Kosaku, who is being raised by his Granny Onui. Read full review

About the author (1991)

Inoue Yasushi is considered to be the last of the Japanese masters, heir to the traditions of classical Chinese and Japanese literature. This journalist-turned-novelist writes poetry, historical fiction set in China and old Japan, and novels of modern Japan. His first fiction was published in 1948, and his choice of settings continues to reveal a superb feel for other times, places, and peoples.

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