Taroko Gorge

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Unbridled Books, Jul 1, 2010 - Fiction - 256 pages
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A disillusioned and raggedy American reporter
and his drunken photojournalist partner are the last
to see three Japanese schoolgirls who disappear
into Taroko Gorge, Taiwan’s largest national park.
The journalists—who are themselves suspects—
investigate the disappearance along with the girls’
homeroom teacher, their bickering classmates,
and a seasoned and wary Taiwanese detective.
The conflicts between them—complicated by
the outrageousness of the photographer and the
raging hormones of the young—raise questions of
personal responsibility, truthfulness, and guarded
self-interest.
The world and its dangers—both natural and
interpersonal—are real, changing, and violently
pressing. And the emotions that churn in dark
rooms overnight as the players gather in the park
visitors’ center are as intense as in any closet
drama. There’s enough action and furor here to
keep readers turning the pages, and the cultural
revelations of the story suggest that the human
need for mystery outweighs the desire for answers.
 

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User Review  - jmchshannon - LibraryThing

While much Taroko Gorge is about the disappearance of the girls, this is as much a novel about the individual narrators and their reliability, their motivations and their secrets. Told through the ... Read full review

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User Review  - nobooksnolife - LibraryThing

Taroko Gorge is a good first effort, deserving applause for getting published, but I hope it's only a mere beginning for this young author. I think this novel would make a great story for a manga ... Read full review

Contents

PETER NEILS
1
MICHIKO KAMAKIRI
26
PETER NEILS
42
TOHRU MARUYAMA
56
DETECTIVE HSIEN CHAO
74
MICHIKO KAMAKIRI
87
PETER NEILS
111
TOHRU MARUYAMA
126
PETER NEILS
157
TOHRU MARUYAMA
170
PETER NEILS
178
MICHIKO KAMAKIRI
195
PETER NEILS
209
TOHRU MARUYAMA
231
HSIEN CHAO
235
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
241

MICHIKO KAMAKIRI
143

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About the author (2010)

Jacob Ritari has studied with the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist organization in Taiwan and studied Japanese language and literature at Japan’s Sophia University. He lives near New York City.

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