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E son père Mais uand la fiancée de Pinkerton l'apprend elle décide de ramener l'enfant aux États unis en lui expliuant ue sa mère est mort 3 12 starsI kept wavering back and forthI love the opera MADAMA BUTTERFLY and have seen it I can remember being so shocked by the setting of One Fine Day as I watched and listened Langley takes this story fleshes it out from both points of viewboth young people completely unaware of the mess they ve gotten themselves into I ve never liked Pinkerton and for most of the book I still didn tBUTLangley changes the pivotal scene in the opera and then follows her characters both in Japan Nagasaki and Seattle Thru the Depression through the veterans march on DC Through Roosevelt s election through the loosening of traditions in Japan through Pearl Harbor the internment camps war in Europe war in Japanand the second atomic bombIn some ways I was ticking off the historical events on a checklistLangley does her homework and has added to my understanding of this worldbut at what costTo me the cost was the characters I liked them I watched them grow and change But the changes seemed forced somehow They seemed to be cutouts to be moved around in this huge global sagaAt heart BUTTERFLY is about intimate events about small families big decisions certainly but personal Sometimes I felt like this book with its richly layered title was a newsreel of the early 20th centuryGreat last line but not much closure

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Butterflys Shadow

Nagasaki années 1920 Cho Cho a 15 ans et se retrouve orpheline Pour subvenir à ses besoins son oncle décide de vendre les charmes de la jeun Interesting rather addictive and rather sad tale of the first twenty odd years of a man s life covering the between war years and world war two Taking Puccini s opera Madame Butterfly as a starting point so I read I don t know much about opera this builds it into a much greater story and focuses on the life of the son and how mixed up he becomes about who he is and where he belongsCho cho butterfly is fifteen when she is sold as a wife to an American naval officer Pinkerton who believes he s just getting a long term hire on a prostitute Cho cho thinks she s getting married They re together a couple of months then he s off but he leaves behind the start of their son Joey About three years later he returns to Nagasaki yep you already know even in the long run this isn t going to end happily assuming Cho cho has been through a few men on a similiar basis since they last met Except she s been waiting for him with their three year old son At the same time his good wholesome American fiancee Nancy rocks up to surprise him knowing nothing of this And through some self punishment or superiority complex that all American would be better than Japan she persuades Cho cho to give up her son to them and runs off with blood on her clothes never explaining what happened but read between the lines and Cho cho has committed honourable suicideWe then move through some interesting but depressing times of modern history with the depression in America and the vets march on Washington which sees the president order the army to turn on their own people A little forewarning that if this is how they treat what they consider 100% Americans just imagine how bad things are going to be for the multicultural folk Then Pearl Harbour happens the Japanese those who have lived in the States for decades or who even have been born in the States are considered enemy aliens not to be trusted Neighbours reports the less obvious ones to the authorities for Joey takes after his father in his height and looks and isn t obviously Japanese You ve got to love how mankind comes together in the bad times sarcasm So we go to the Japanese internment camps thanks to Roosevelt and the appauling treatment of honest people who never did anything wrong Later on the young men are offered the opportunity of freedom if they enlist and see the irony of being sent off to fight for a country that imprisoned them and to fight against another country that s taking another selection of ethnicity and marching them off to camps And whilst we re all in it together some are in it than others and the Japanese American solider lives can be merrily thrown on the bonfire just as long as the much smaller Texan regiment is saved And we all know how things ended in NagasakiNice way to walk through history but not the happiest tale to read

Lee Langley ☆ 7 summary

E fille Naïvement elle tombe amoureuse de son premier client Pinkerton un marin américain Un petit garçon naît de cette relation blond comm This historical fiction story begins where Puccini s opera Madame Butterfly concludes It is a beautiful book about undying love a childadult discovering his roots and two families experiences on both sides of the Pacific Ocean before during and after WWII


10 thoughts on “Butterflys Shadow

  1. says:

    I do recommend this book and I am very glad I read it but perfect it isn’t Let me explain This is a book of historical fiction Isn’t the main goal of this genre to teach about a passed time in history I want

  2. says:

    Not really what I had expected The book is said to cover the development of a child until it's adolescence Well it didn't really do that The first half was about its parents of which the first part in Japan was in

  3. says:

    Interesting rather addictive and rather sad tale of the first twenty odd years of a man's life covering the between war years and world war two Taking Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly as a starting point so I read I don't know much about opera this builds it into a much greater story and focuses on the life of th

  4. says:

    I love novels that help me to learn a little about the country they are set in I want to visit Japan

  5. says:

    This historical fiction story begins where Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly concludes It is a beautiful book about undying love a childadult discovering his roots and two families' experiences on both sides of the Pacific Ocean before during and after WWII

  6. says:

    I really appreciated reading this book The way the writer describes the Japanese culture retained longer and kind of pushed me into research The words from the book The tradition remains when everything else falls away Looking into Tradition word I found The Tradition is the set of beliefs of a people which is followed conservatively with respect through generations Curious as european we may not really have much consideration for this wor

  7. says:

    3 12 starsI kept wavering back and forthI love the opera MADAMA BUTTERFLY and have seen it I can remember being so shocked by the setting of 'One Fine Day' as I watched and listened Langley takes this story fleshes it out from both points of viewboth young people completely unaware of the mess they've gotten themselves into I've never liked Pinkerton and for most of the book I still didn'tBUTLangley changes the pivotal scene in

  8. says:

    I was excited to read this book because i had read Butterfly's Child for book club and found the concept of continuing the story of Cio Cio and her son's lives after the end of the Madame Butterfly opera very interesting I was not particularly impressed by the way it was handled in Butterfly's Child Many things didn't compute for me This book is very different and I enjoyed it because it involved all of the historical ev

  9. says:

    'Truth is shapeless Like water it can be different things to different people it can bring life if you drink it or death if you drown One truth

  10. says:

    Narrated by Laurel Lefkow10 hrs and 54 minsPublisher's SummaryIn a Japan still rigid with tradition an apprehensive 15 year old tea house girl prepares to welcome her first client In his gleaming white uniform Lieutenant Pinkerton walks up the