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The Gardens of Kyoto: A Novel (original 2001; udgave 2002)

af Kate Walbert

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From the National Book Award nominated, New York Times bestselling author of A Short History of Women and The Sunken Cathedral, Walbert's beautiful and heartbreaking novel about a young woman coming of age in the long shadow of World War II--"An intricately plotted, thrillingly imagined ­narrative...A masterpiece" (The New York Times Book Review). Forty years after enduring the Second World War as a young woman, Ellen relates the events of this turbulent period, beginning with the death of her favorite cousin, Randall, with whom she shared Easter Sundays, childhood secrets, and, perhaps, the first taste of love. When he dies on Iwo Jima, she turns to the legacy he left her: his diary and a book called The Gardens of Kyoto. Each one subtly influences her perception of her place in the world, the nature of her memories. Moving back and forth through time and place, Kate Walbert recreates a world touched by the shadows of war and a society in which women fit their desires into prescribed roles. Unfolding in lyrical, seductive prose, The Gardens of Kyoto becomes a mesmerizing exploration of the interplay of love and loss.… (mere)
Medlem:AKmary
Titel:The Gardens of Kyoto: A Novel
Forfattere:Kate Walbert
Info:Scribner (2002), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 288 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
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Somehow, this book just became one of my favorites. I bought it while browsing at the bookstore last month. Its beauty is so subtle and pure. I know I'll be thinking about this story (and crying over it) for a while. ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
What is a memory when it can be tainted or changed by the emotional upheaval of growing up? By grief? Ellen's favorite cousin, killed in the final days of World War II, leaves a lasting impression on her young life and ultimately shapes her future world. Randall's death is profound on multiple levels. He leaves Ellen his diary and a book called The Gardens of Kyoto, his most meaningful possessions. The parallel between the Gardens of Kyoto that fascinated Randall and Ellen's present-day reality is in the illusion: of what is really there before your eyes. Ellen goes through life constantly questioning Randall's influences.
There is a subtle resilience to Walbert's writing; an understated strength and grace to her words. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jul 23, 2018 |
Kate Walbert is an extraordinary author. She has a way with words, both lyrical and seductive. If she wrote the telephone book, I know that it would be one of the most beautiful books ever written. This is my third novel by Walbert, and each time she amazes me again with the poetry and imagery with which she imbues every story.

Like her other novels I've read, A Short History of Women and Where She Went, The Gardens of Kyoto weaves stories within stories. It is ostensibly a coming-of-age tale during and following the second world war. Ellen is a young girl, growing up in eastern Pennsylvania, in love with her cousin Randall, whom we learn in the first sentence was killed on Iwo Jima. The rest of the book moves back and forth in time, mingling their tragic story with that of Ruby and Sterling, Daphne and Gideon, Ellen and John.

The narrative is written in stream of consciousness, jumping from one memory to another as she narrates her history to a person identified only at the the end of the novel. The whole novel moves at a slow pace, there is no rush of action or emotion, no crescendo, and yet it is perfect in this. It is not a story that would lend itself well to a huge reveal or adventure. And this is exactly what I love about it. It is a novel that you read simply for the joy of a beautifully written word. ( )
  Mootastic1 | Jan 15, 2016 |
I really did not understand this one at all. Large portions of the plot are left hanging and never resolved. Characters do not ring true, whole thing seemed very phony. ( )
  wweisser | Jul 6, 2013 |
at first, i thought that she was trying too hard to write in a literary way, but as it got going, i really started enjoying her writing. the story itself was good, but not really what i was looking for in this moment. i might have liked it better if i'd read it some other time, it's hard to say. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Apr 2, 2013 |
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From the National Book Award nominated, New York Times bestselling author of A Short History of Women and The Sunken Cathedral, Walbert's beautiful and heartbreaking novel about a young woman coming of age in the long shadow of World War II--"An intricately plotted, thrillingly imagined ­narrative...A masterpiece" (The New York Times Book Review). Forty years after enduring the Second World War as a young woman, Ellen relates the events of this turbulent period, beginning with the death of her favorite cousin, Randall, with whom she shared Easter Sundays, childhood secrets, and, perhaps, the first taste of love. When he dies on Iwo Jima, she turns to the legacy he left her: his diary and a book called The Gardens of Kyoto. Each one subtly influences her perception of her place in the world, the nature of her memories. Moving back and forth through time and place, Kate Walbert recreates a world touched by the shadows of war and a society in which women fit their desires into prescribed roles. Unfolding in lyrical, seductive prose, The Gardens of Kyoto becomes a mesmerizing exploration of the interplay of love and loss.

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