“Never have I read a work so balanced, so pleasing, and yet so strange, in its very structure. At first my inclination was to cite precision editing to this near-perfect alternation of the main story line and the other stories of suicide. The lush setting of the forest complemented the story line…a little too well. Then I understood – what I perceived as artificial was the very essence of Japanese culture. My American reverence of individuality, of imbalance made Russell’s exquisite detail of balance in Asian cultures difficult to see. If for no other purpose, this distilling of Japanese culture and setting is not to be overlooked.”
Thanks for the review, Andrea!