The Little House

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Book
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ISBN 10
1850773165 
ISBN 13
9781850773160 
Category
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Publication Year
2019 
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Pages
336 
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Description
The Little House is set in the early years of the Shōwa era (1926–89), when Japan’s situation is becoming increasingly tense but has not yet fully immersed in a wartime footing. On the outskirts of Tokyo, near a station on a private train line, stands a modest European style house with a red, triangular shaped roof. There a woman named Taki has worked as a maidservant in the house and lived with its owners, the Hirai family. Now, near the end of her life, Taki is writing down in anotebook her nostalgic memories of the time spent living in the house. Her journal captures the refined middle-class life of the time from her gentle perspective. At the end of the novel, however, a startling final chapter is added. The chapter brings to light, after Taki’s death, a fact not described in her notebook. This suddenly transforms the world that had been viewed through the lens of a nostalgic memoir, so that a dramatic, flesh-and-blood story takes shape. Nakajima manages tocombine skilful dialogue with a dazzling ending. The result is a polished, masterful work fully deserving of the Naoki Prize. - from Amzon 
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