I will confess that I saw the movie long before I read the book. I was gratified to find out that for the most part, the movie stayed faithful to the book, though minor characters / events had been rewritten.
Overall the book has good pacing and is entertaining, though I did not find some of the descriptions and actions of Lady Murasaki particularly convincing: when she asks Hannibal what is there left in him to love and nearly immediately afterward dives off the canal boat and moves back to Japan, it just seemed a convenient way to write off her character. There was no struggle with her love and whilst Hannibal had more pressing matters on his hands at the time, he seems to accept her decision without fighting, yet he pursued Grentz to the frozen north of Canada.
Overall it was an entertaining book, but the woodenness of Lady Murasaki - beyond simple stoicism or cultural training - leaves something to be desired in what could have otherwise been a deeply poignant part of the story. Still waters may run deep but they were sadly left unexplored in this case.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2172 KB
- Print Length: 391 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; 01 edition (1 October 2018)
- Sold by: PRH UK
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07HKW1X5J
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 311 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)