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I have mixed feelings about it It s well written, the descriptions are evocative and make you feel like you re there It goes back and forth between Japan and China and there were a couple of Chinese words here and there which kind of made me want to pick up my dusty Assimil book The plot is uneven the mixture of spy, romance and quest to find the protagonist s father can be entertaining, but it sometimes felt a bit cheap, or unnecessarily complicated I lost track of who s who a couple of t I have mixed feelings about it It s well written, the descriptions are evocative and make you feel like you re there It goes back and forth between Japan and China and there were a couple of Chinese words here and there which kind of made me want to pick up my dusty Assimil book The plot is uneven the mixture of spy, romance and quest to find the protagonist s father can be entertaining, but it sometimes felt a bit cheap, or unnecessarily complicated I lost track of who s who a couple of times It seems that every character knows all the other characters, which makes it evencomplicated for us Oh and the fact that they all change names I would have preferred a clearer focus be it on the spy, romance or quest stuff view spoiler for instance I thought the Kobe earthquake got us completely side tracked hide spoiler , but it was nonetheless enjoyable This may as well have been called Nobody is faithful to their marriage partner or to anyone else for that matter, the intrigue runs high in this one Nevertheless, a great read especially if you re interested in learningabout how the people of China have dealt with their crazy government over the years, or if you re just looking for good high stakes suspense novel It was definitely a little cheesy in some places, but I enjoyed it, especially the treatment of the father son relationship This may as well have been called Nobody is faithful to their marriage partner or to anyone else for that matter, the intrigue runs high in this one Nevertheless, a great read especially if you re interested in learningabout how the people of China have dealt with their crazy government over the years, or if you re just looking for good high stakes suspense novel It was definitely a little cheesy in some places, but I enjoyed it, especially the treatment of the father son relationship I m looking forward to readingby Tsujihara Jasmine is an epic tale set between two very different countries Spanning generations, filled with intrigue, tragedy, and the intricate delicacy of the art of drinking tea.The storyAki is a successful middle aged Japanese business man who is travelling through his life in an average way His wife died some years ago, and his only family are his younger half sister and his mother, who has a degenerative illness Or so he thinks One of the missing links in his past is that of his father, a mysteJasmine is an epic tale set between two very different countries Spanning generations, filled with intrigue, tragedy, and the intricate delicacy of the art of drinking tea.The storyAki is a successful middle aged Japanese business man who is travelling through his life in an average way His wife died some years ago, and his only family are his younger half sister and his mother, who has a degenerative illness Or so he thinks One of the missing links in his past is that of his father, a mystery to both him and his mother, who disappeared to China when Aki was small Presumed dead But in Aki s adulthood he does a bit of digging, and finds out from an old friend of his fathers in China that the circumstances around his disappearance were far from clear, and he may in fact still be alive.Aki travels to China to trace his father Having discovered his father was a well known comedic actor with a Chinese name, and a serious actor with a Japanese name, he goes to visit his old friend the movie director, who is currently making a movie about the life of his father as a double agent for Japan But it turns out, art imitates life through the generations Aki becomes inexplicably entangled with the woman playing the love interest of his father, the actress Li Xing At first, she s just a beautiful actress But it turns out not only does she have family ties to one of the families he knows in his hometown of Kobe, but she has a fugitive boyfriend who is the most wanted list after Tiananmen Square In the name of political intrigue and infatuation, Aki sets out to help Xingxing any way he can But he has caught the notice of the Chinese secret police.Aki has to make a choice about his life, and not forget about the reason he started his journey in the first place But life always throws up the unexpected, and what happens now, what happened before, and what happened to his family before him, shape the person he is becoming.The styleTranslated by Juilet W Carpenter, Jasmine is a heavy read Not that this is, I think, the fault of the translation or the original work, but mainly because of my ignorance about contemporary Chinese Japanese relations Sure, I know what happened in world war two I remember Tiananmen Square, I was standing in the three years after it happened while holidaying in China I ve read a bit about China and how their governance works But I really, really struggled to get my head around the cultural implications of what was happening in Jasmine at the beginning Not that there isn t some assistance, of course There are carefully constructed chapters and paragraphs which attempt to explain some of the history between the two nations, and various bits about China s changing political climate, but the whole thing is pretty far out of my comfort zone I had no idea how little I knew about the whole business until I read this story, and unlike some fictions, this book does require a bit of prior knowledge to reap the full benefits of the storyline.This aside, the story is good Solid It moves, it s set in a lot of different spaces All the character development is sound Aki, the director, and Xingxing are all fantastic, well rounded The story spans time frames and generations, and follows through years even though it may have been easier from a plot point of view to rap it upneatly This makes the story seemlike real life messy and complicated where things happen that aren t necessarily neat and don t necessarily make sense Just when you think, as a reader, everything is going to be okay or resolved, something else happens It s relentless, with no down spots.Finally, the writing itself is tactile and powerful I spent the whole reading experience wishing the green tea I was drinking was better, because the way they made tea in the story, the smell and the experience and the visual nature of it, made me jealous I could smell the wet streets, see the big cities Like I said, a really good book, and only my own lack of basic knowledge impacted negatively on my reading experience.Who is this book for I would strongly recommend a basic knowledge of Sino Japanese relations over the last, say, fifty years, including the cultural revolution in China, and how the Japanese responded as a nation You know, the stuff I didn t know I feel like you could certainly get a lotout of the plot Also, although Jasmine has a contemporary setting, it would be appropriate for someone who enjoys historical fiction It s not a light read, or a small read, but it s interesting and well written But not for the faint hearted.If you like this book, you would also likeThis isn t like any of the previous Japanese and Chinese literature I ve previously read, but Ha Jin writes about contemporary Chinese life in the country, not the cities and he is amazing So for the lack of knowledge about anything else to recommend I m going with him Also, as I said above, epic historical fiction. Tsujihara demonstrates that Japanese novelists are capable of the straight literary novel as opposed to the surrealist post modern piece or purely crowd pleasing thriller hit Jasmine takes on the extremely tough issue of Sino Japanese relationships against the backdrop of the 1989 Tiananmen affair and the 95 Kobe earthquake Mo Hayder told us in tokyo that the country of Japan is composed almost entirely of gangsters covering up their complicity in the Nanjing Massacre opposed only by the youn Tsujihara demonstrates that Japanese novelists are capable of the straight literary novel as opposed to the surrealist post modern piece or purely crowd pleasing thriller hit Jasmine takes on the extremely tough issue of Sino Japanese relationships against the backdrop of the 1989 Tiananmen affair and the 95 Kobe earthquake Mo Hayder told us in tokyo that the country of Japan is composed almost entirely of gangsters covering up their complicity in the Nanjing Massacre opposed only by the young English women who risk life and fortune to bring out the truth and was it Natsuo Kirino in Grotesque Vintage International who seems to think China is a country inhabited 80% by male prostitutes fortunately we have Tsujihara whose experiences of the Japanese community in Shanghai and the city itself are informed by his real life experience, so instead of stereotypes pandering to home audience appeal, we get nuance, local knowledge, and plenty of intertwining incidents, a diplomat and historian s eye view rather than paper thin cut out characters if the occasional didact s lesson steps in here or there.oddly enough, I found this novel s tone similar to the 1992 bestseller Fatherland A Novel anyone is free to disagree, of course, but the idea of people searching for things in a totalitarian country whilst various underground or police forces battled has the same airy, but gray toned mood feel as a fictional Germany in the 60s hmmm finally, the ending is really quite good congrats to Tsujihara on his impressive 2004 work, and to the Cultural Affairs Ministry for subsidizing this English translation 5 5 [ Book ] ♐ Jasmine ♁ Intrigue, betrayal, family secrets, forbidden passions this tale of adventure and suspense links the Tiananmen Massacre ofand the Kobe earthquake ofthrough the story of Akihiko Waki, who is living a quiet life as a think tank director in Kobe, Japan, when he hears rumours that his father, presumed long dead, is in fact alive and in danger Akihiko undertakes a dangerous journey to China, and in Shanghai learns that what he thought he knew about his father is in fact far from the truth Here he meets the intriguingly secretive actress Li Xing, who as a pro democracy activist is herself in danger, and as events gather pace Akihiko s search for his father also becomes a desperate battle to save her from the brutal authoritiesThis new translation of a Japanese novelist famed for his creation of suspense and his Hitchcock style plotting is a rewarding and gripping read This new translation of a Japanese novelist famed for his creation of suspense and his Hitchcock style plotting is a rewarding and gripping read