Kinshu: Autumn Brocade – Teru Miyamoto
December 8, 2009 § Leave a comment
People change. We’re strange creatures that go on changing minute by minute and hour by hour.
Aki and Yasuari were once a married couple, but after an incident where Yasuaki faces near-death, and Aki finds out about her husband’s infidelity, life changes drastically for the both of them.
A chance encounter stimulates a correspondance between Aki and Yasuaki, exchanging long letters, allowing a free-flow of emotions and feelings that have long since been kept secret. Through this exchange of thoughts, the past is explained, the present becomes clear, and the future seems to hold more hope than ever before.
Through these letters, both Aki and Yasuaki learn to let go of the past, and as they slowly heal from those deep wounds, they start to appreciate the present for what it is.
There’s really nothing much to write about this book. It is that simple. The story reveals itself slowly, first from Aki’s point of view, then later from Yasuaki’s own experience of the same event. We learn about what each was thinking at a given point in time, and we learn how deep and influential a seemingly miniscule misunderstanding can be. And we learn about how each action leads up to something else, and how our past shaped the now we are living in today.
The story is nothing to shout about. And the writing style was quite calm throughout. Would I be reading another Miyamoto? Probably, but not so soon.
Challenges: Japanese Literature Challenge 3, Lost in Translation 2009