Shipwrecks by Akira Yashimura

"Shipwrecks, the first novel by the great Japanese writer Yoshimura to be translated into English, is a stunningly powerful, Gothic tale of fate and retribution." -- Amazon

 

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  • Tracy M.

    I don't know if anyone is reading this now, but I want to highly recommend watching the very important and award-winning documentary, The Cove, about a secret cove in Japan where massive killings of dolphins happen. It so reminded me of this book - but it is happening now!

    February 8, 2014

  • Fred H.

    Provincetown on Cape Cod. There were people who would go out to the Atlantic Coast during a storm and build fires hoping to trick the ships sailing by into thinking they were passing Provincetown Harbor, which was actually on the other side of the peninsula, would have a been a refuge from the storm. If the ruse worked the ships sailed right into the beach. I have forgotten what they were called, though I dimly remember that it (the name) was connected to the practice of using a shingle to shield the eyes from the sand blowing around during a storm. Maybe shinglers or something. They didn't kill the sailors who survived the storm, though. For whatever reason the practice was tolerated by the authorities -- the British -- for most of the 18th century.

    June 19, 2013

  • Tracy M.

    I was disappointed that there weren't enough people for this discussion to happen - the book is truly outstanding. I'm curious, Fred, what coastal town also had an income source from shipwrecks? I grew up in part in Key West, which definitely relied on salvage from shipwrecks a lot in the 19th century.

    June 19, 2013

  • Fred H.

    Terrific book. Had an extra resonance for me in that I grew up in a coastal town that had the same source of income for a while.

    June 19, 2013

  • Tracy M.

    I'm not going to go either if there's only two of us -- too bad. It was a marvelous book. If you'd like to email me to briefly discuss it by email, Judy, contact me via my website- use contact link at www.windweaver.com .
    For some reason, every meeting I've gone to of this group has only had one other person show up - and it's always been one of the organizers.

    June 15, 2013

  • Judy

    I very much enjoyed this book and would enjoy discussing it, but if there are only going to be 2 of us, I don't think it will provide a good discussion. Unless I see someone else join the discussion, I will not plan to be there tomorrow.

    June 15, 2013

  • Tracy M.

    I just want to make sure that Caterina and Judy are attending (and maybe someone else will join us?) . I'm under the pressure of a book contract deadline this week and really can't afford to take off this time and drive to Brookline, but I'm intending on doing so as long as there will be three of us. Shipwrecks is such a brilliant book and ripe for discussion.

    June 15, 2013

  • Chris

    modernized version of material from Konjaku Monogatarishū, if u like this kind of story - should check out the source and u will be rewarded

    June 14, 2013

  • Tracy M.

    What a magnificent short novel! I read it in less than 24 hours and was so enthralled I ordered another book by the author (On Parole). I am eager to hear other people's opinions on Shipwrecks (and to discuss questions that the book raises related to morality, crime and punishment etc) and hope that a number of you will be attending. Of the three meetings I've been too here, at two of them there was only one other person!

    June 10, 2013

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