Gaikotsu biru no niwa
[The Garden of the Skeleton Building]
Kōdansha (Kōdansha Bunko), 2011. Vol. I: 313 pp. ¥600. ISBN 978-4-06-277021-7. Vol. II: 315 pp. ¥600. ISBN 978-4-06-277022- 4.
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However, they carry a common past. They are all orphans who either lost their parents in the war or who were abandoned by them after the fighting ended. They were picked up and raised in the Skeleton Building by a young man, who inherited the building during the chaotic period right after the war, and his close friend. These two men raised dozens of war orphans this way, out of the goodness of their hearts. Before long, Yagisawa finds himself fascinated by the essential humanity of the residents. Through their reminiscences, he retraces the path of contemporary Japanese history from the end of World War II to the 1990s.
This might also be called a tale starring the city of Osaka itself, which is full of vitality. The characterization is vivid and the plot is so interesting that you won’t be able to put the book down. As you follow the mysteries hidden in the history of the Skeleton Building, you can fully experience the lively atmosphere of postwar Osaka itself. (NM)
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