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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 Faction Man (Quarterly Essay years of a man's life covering the between war Walking Free 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 พบรักท่านแม่ทัพ เล่ม 2 years later he returns to Nagasaki The Killing of Karen Silkwood: The Story Behind the Kerr-McGee Plutonium Case - Kindle edition by Richard Rashke, Kate Bronfenbrenner. 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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

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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 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 events of the era the depression WWII FDR etc Some of the characters' actions didn't make much sense to me and as I was listening audiobook I would occasionally find my mind wanderingbut as I kept listening I didn't feel that I'd missed a lot The narrator was very good with accents malefemale voices etc and I never felt annoyed by her narration The character who made the least sense to me was Benjamin Pinkerton; I don't think he's very well developed in either book He's a real villain in the opera but he has to be softened a bit in the continuing story His characterization is a problem All in all an enjoyable read


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  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 historical fiction to make history come alive I want to learn both the historical facts and to understand how the people who lived through the events felt This story starts with Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly where Pinkerton an American has a child with a Japanese “wife” They have a child He returns and with his American fiancé wife to take the child back to America Then the Japanese mother commits suicide That is the story of the opera This story is what happens next with a few alterations I will not tell you what is changed This story is about the child and his life in America and through his tale we are meant to learn about history We learn about the years of the Depression Roosevelt’s New Deal Pearl Harbor America’s involvement in the Second World War the Japanese Internment Camps and finally the bombing of Tokyo Hiroshima and Nagasaki And As you can imagine the central theme is about being Japanese in America during these years It is also about being Japanese while fighting on the side of the Allies And I learned details about the antics of General McArthur I have read about all this before but I learned You learn about Japanese philosophy and semantics I particularly liked the sections concerning the meaning and usage of Japanese words phrases and idioms The intricacies of Japanese semantics were fascinating There is humor The American dialog is perfect The brutalities directed toward the Japanese residents in the US are gut wrenching You are there in the internment camps and can experience what life was really like there on those beds in those close uarters lacking food and so horribly discriminated against Enlistment became a means of escape How were the Japanese treated after the war? All of this is part of the book The narrator of the audiobook was Laurel Lefkow The American dialogs were spot on but the pronunciation of Japanese words could have been improved The Japanese speaking English took a while to get used to At times the melodrama of the words was exaggerated by the narrator’s intonations This was unfortunate My prime complaint of this novel concerns the chain of events chosen by the author In the attempt to teach us about the chosen historical events she constructed a story so that these events could be explored The events could have rolled out in this manner but they probably would not have There are way too many coincidences Even if in Madame Butterfly the American wife agreed to take the child and raise him as her own in this novel it did not ring true As it is portrayed in this novel she rushes in and grabs a child that is not her own Now why would she do that? It does not make sense in this novel Not at all This aspect of the novel was a major fault in the story Very unconvincing Still I learned a lot and definitely recommend the book either the audio or the written versionETA there are some really good lines too Taste theseHospitals are no place for sick people to be Truth is shapeless like waterI didn't know I was Japanese until Roosevelt told usThey the two bodies fit together like a soft jigsaw puzzle 0


  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 interesting to read but the rest could have been skipped easily It described the all day life of the family and the depression in America like a history book that a novel involving character development The second half actually was about the boy itself of which I had no clue who he was personality wise This didn't improve a lot throughout the story There was a promising past which didn't last The ending seemed too engineered to be plausible I was touched one time though To conclude it was really clear what the author wanted to establish bit it didn't work out for me at all That doesn't mean I disliked it altogether There were nice chapters here and there but I just feel like half of what should have been said missed and now the book is finished but there should have been IDK xD


  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 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


  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 word and since kindess many times is missinterpretated as weakness lack of attitude and lack of a strong voice that screams out what we are Meanwhile to the japanese culture been louder is exactly where its weakness lies However it is when the difficulty times approach that the strenght of one country and their traditions are revealed and make it propereI found the novel enlightining for the fact that again no matter how hard life can be one country can change its one destiny and redirect their forces to a new beginnig After Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombarded japan had no choice but re build its own country moving from poverty and under american domain to a modern a proper worldButterfly's Shadow is a modern way to continue Puccini's work Madame Butterfly A Japanese tragedy with many parallels throughout the book however it shows contemporary issues in which we may see ourself in the same skin Joe was born in Japan moving to America very young he did not follow the japanse traditions but also was not accepted by the american culture A constant dilema since he seems not fitting in any of both cultues


  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 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 cost?To 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


  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 events of the era the depression WWII FDR etc Some of the characters' actions didn't make much sense to me and as I was listening audiobook I would occasionally find my mind wanderingbut as I kept listening I didn't feel that I'd missed a lot The narrator was very good with accents malefemale voices etc and I never felt annoyed by her narration The character who made the least sense to me was Benjamin Pinkerton; I don't think he's very well developed in either book He's a real villain in the opera but he has to be softened a bit in the continuing story His characterization is a problem All in all an enjoyable read


  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 will tell how a tea house girl took an American sailor into her bed There's a truth in which an orphan child was sold by one man to another There's a truth in which a girl saw a golden man walking up a hill towards her and loved him for the whole of her life' Chapter 55'Butterfly's Shadow' is a hauntingly heartbreakingly beautiful novel that imagines the aftermath of Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly' Langley's prose flows effortlessly and captures a mood of listless hope Each character is well developed with clear reasonings and motivations that are skilfully revealed via the shifting focalisation The theme of identity threads throughout the narrative as the cast struggle with conflicting realities of who they are The story provides a satisfying contrast to 'Memoirs of a Geisha' by Arthur Golden and artfully explores the uestion of 'what happened next?'


  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 hill to a house in Nagasaki to find the female he has purchased for a few weeks When he sails away she waits aching for his return It is one of the world’s great love stories And as the curtain falls on Madame Butterfly Cho Cho hands over her son to his American father before killing herself In a daring imaginative leap Lee Langley takes this searing moment as a springboard sending Puccini’s characters spinning into a future undreamed of in the original


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