The plot weaves together disparate voices into a surprisingly melodious chorus.
Mariko is one of the few characters that doesn’t need to be saved; she saves herself.
Japan’s an interesting place with an interesting people who have taken and incorporated the best of Western society into their country.
This book catches a glimpse of Japanese court life in the 11th century that we’d never see otherwise, a look at the morals and values of a culture so far removed from Western thought.
Before we had books and movies about Rangers and SEALs and Green Berets, a group of brave men snuck far behind enemy lines to save the survivors of the Bataan Death March.
While there are undeniably elements about the otherworldly in this book, it’s based in nothing more or less magical than the human soul.