The translation had only a few minor glitches. Usually I forgot I was reading a translation. Although it was nearly 500 pages, it was constructed with short chapters which gave it many good stopping points. I read it slowly which matched the pace of the writing. There was so much of the story in the long inner thoughts of the characters. Each sister was distinct so I had no confusion as to which one I was reading about. Some of the descriptions were so real that I can recall them easily. The depiction of the cherry blossom festival itself was worth the price of the book.
I read the book with the sad knowledge that all this (1936 - 1941) was to radically change in a very short time. The book though does not have any feeling of dread for coming events. It is a lovely book by an obviously great writer. I can see why it is considered an international classic. The book itself, a selection from Everyman's was a joy to hold. The pages are silky and there is an attached bookmark made of black ribbon. For someone who likes to immerse themselves into long story of a rather short time span with credible people caught in history, this is a perfect book.
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: VINTAGE ARROW - MASS MARKET; 1 edition (1 October 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749397101
- ISBN-13: 978-0749397104
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.6 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)