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PROLOGUE 1 The Kiso road lies entirely in the mountains. In some places it cuts
across the face of a precipice. In others it follows the banks of the Kiso river, far
above the stream. Elsewhere it winds around a ridge and into another valley.
There is so little arable land in the narrow Kiso valley that not enough rice was
available for the needs of this procession. Packhorses laden with rice had
plodded one after another down the Kiso road, the songs of their drivers
Kiso Kyoikukai, ed. Kiso Fukushima Sekisho (The Kiso-Fukushima Barrier). Fuku-
shima: Shinano Kyoikukai Kisobukai, 1934. Kitaoji Ken. Kisoji: Bunken no Tabi,
Yo-ake Mae Tankyu (The Kiso Road: A Bibliographical Journey, Research into ...
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I generally do not like sad novels, but this is one of the most wonderful books I have ever read, even though its hero dies insane with despair over the betrayal of his life's work. It is an ... Read full review