Ash

by Holly Thompson | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 1880656655 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Aramathea of Minoh / 箕面市, Osaka-fu Japan on 7/12/2004
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10 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Aramathea from Minoh / 箕面市, Osaka-fu Japan on Monday, July 12, 2004
This book is an interesting read for someone interested in coming to Japan or early arrived, who wants to see a little deeper into modern Japanese culture.

Journal Entry 2 by flajol from Carterton, Wairarapa New Zealand on Friday, January 21, 2005
Woo-hoo! Thanks Aramathea for sending me this. I've already sneaked a preview, and I'm really looking forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 3 by flajol from Carterton, Wairarapa New Zealand on Saturday, June 4, 2005
A moving exploration of how a young woman copes with the grief and guilt she has carried for years, but much more interesting is the insight this novel offers into her experiences as an American woman living in modern day Japan.

Thank you for sharing this with me Aramathea, and I intend to make a start on some of Banana Yoshimoto's novels soon. Thanks for the recommendation!

Journal Entry 4 by flajol at on Thursday, June 16, 2005

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Entrusted to the post office for delivery to another fan of Japanese books. Hope you enjoy it, nut!

Journal Entry 5 by nut from Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny Ireland on Monday, June 20, 2005
Arrived today! Thank you!

Journal Entry 6 by nut from Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny Ireland on Tuesday, April 4, 2006
Reserved for totoroandmei when read.

Journal Entry 7 by nut from Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny Ireland on Wednesday, September 20, 2006
I'm very glad to have read this, thank you for sending it on to me. I've no intention of going anywhere near Kagoshima though. I don't think I could stand all that ash :-) One thing I liked about the book is that the Japanese stuff wasn't overexplained. I've read a fair number of Japan related books and have studied some Japanese, so don't need the explanation that can tend to be in books and can take me out of the story. This didn't have that problem.

Journal Entry 8 by nut from Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny Ireland on Tuesday, December 12, 2006
On its way to totoroandmei.

Journal Entry 9 by totoroandmei from Fukuoka / 福岡市, Fukuoka-ken Japan on Friday, December 15, 2006
Thanks so much nut! I still owe you a book. I hope to send it out in the new year!
03/01/07 - Really enjoyed this. Hope others do too. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 10 by totoroandmei from Fukuoka / 福岡市, Fukuoka-ken Japan on Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Sending out as a ring.

Please journal when you receive the book AND PM the next person for their address. Please read the book within a month. If you need more time, please PM. Enjoy!

Vikki - Japan - international
Azuki - US
ChaiChan - US
midwinter - US
Bug2004 - US if possible
DiannC - US, anywhere -- STALLED

---this bookring is stalled...see last journal entry...
Bluestocking88 - US, US
passiontoread - US, anywhere
AliceF - UK, Europe
Kera - UK, International
vainilla79 - Spain, Europe
Chich - France, anywhere
wollie - Netherlands, Europe
Sudokugirl - Bosnia-Herzegovina, anywhere

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Journal Entry 12 by Vikki from Aomori / 青森市, Aomori-ken Japan on Saturday, March 17, 2007
I enjoyed this book. Made me definitely want to visit Kyushu before I leave Japan! Ash is on its way to Azuki.

Journal Entry 13 by wingAzukiwing from Miami, Florida USA on Friday, March 30, 2007
Thanks this book has crossed Pacific and landing in America for the first time! I have four rings ahead it looks like a really interesting book.

Journal Entry 14 by wingAzukiwing from Miami, Florida USA on Friday, May 11, 2007
My apologies that this boo has been with me longer than expected. I enjoyed the story, although I feel that the emotions took a long time to build up. I guess the author holds back too much details so you can't feel as much for the character until you knows better what's behind it. However, once it gets to where it belongs, the catharsis is very powerful and moving.

I am waiting for ChaiChan's address and will mail it as soon as possible.

Journal Entry 15 by chaichan from Brooklyn, New York USA on Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Thanks for sending the book Azuki! Today I returned to my apartment after a few weeks with family and Ash was waiting. It's the next book I'll read. Shouldn't take long now that I'm back to long rides on the subway.

Journal Entry 16 by chaichan from Brooklyn, New York USA on Monday, June 11, 2007
I'm dropping this book in the mail for midwinter today!

Reading it brought back a lot of memories of living not too far from Kagoshima. There are a lot of small, nice details throughout the book that made me feel a little pang of longing for Japan. The book also captured some of the bittersweetness of being alone in a foreign land:

"For more than a year now, she'd been operating in that rootless expatriate world where nothing of her present connected to her past, where no kin existed except through letters, occassional phone calls and memory, where to others her history was like fiction, and community ties were never defined by family." p.171

If you are an emotional reader, beware of reading the book on public transport. I ended up sniffling more than once on the subway.

Journal Entry 17 by midwinter from Tucson, Arizona USA on Sunday, July 1, 2007
Ash is here, and I should be able to get through it quickly. Really looking forward to it, as I've been in a reading rut lately. This looks like the perfect change of pace :)

Journal Entry 18 by midwinter from Tucson, Arizona USA on Tuesday, August 7, 2007
I finished a couple of days ago, and have been trying to sort my thoughts into a coherent journal entry. Overall, I felt the book was rather slow and plodding, but at the same time, I was curious to see where it would lead. I found myself more interested in Naomi, Hiroshi, the Oides, and pretty much anyone but Caitlin, so it was nice to see everyone else getting a fair amount of face time by the end of the story. I always appreciate reading books set in Japan as they each provide another sliver of insight into daily life over there - especially for an American abroad.
Now in transit to Bug2004 :)

Journal Entry 19 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Friday, August 10, 2007
Rec''vd today. Will get to as quick as I can!

Journal Entry 20 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Saturday, September 29, 2007
After a somewhat slow start, I really got into this one. I loved the writers style...just enough detail, just enough info, but not overwhelming. I found myself quite engrossed while reading it. Thanks so much for sharing!!! It will be off in the next day or two.

Journal Entry 21 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Monday, October 1, 2007
Sent off to DiannC today.

Journal Entry 22 by DiannC from Bloomfield, New Jersey USA on Sunday, October 7, 2007
Received the book and am looking forward to reading it. I am another one who formerly lived in Japan for a few years.

Journal Entry 23 by totoroandmei from Fukuoka / 福岡市, Fukuoka-ken Japan on Friday, March 28, 2008
This ring is "stalled."

Therubycanary had a copy and was generous to let the ring continue.

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