Review: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amaterasu Takahashi has spent her life grieving for her daughter Yuko and grandson Hideo, who were victims of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945.

Now a widow living in America, she believes that one man was responsible for her loss; a local doctor who caused an irreparable rift between mother and daughter.

When a man claiming to be Hideo arrives on her doorstep, she is forced to revisit the past; the hurt and humiliation of her early life, the intoxication of a first romance and the realisation that if she had loved her daughter in a different way, she might still be alive today.

My Thoughts

This is a beautifully written book. It covers a subject that is not gone into in much depth in fictional accounts of the Atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki.

The accounts of that terrible day are very harrowing, but how could they be anything else
The writer has a tremendous understanding of the Japanese character, and way of life. She has woven a story that covers many years, and various locations. Her characters are very well observed, and we truly feel for them
She has put so much feeling into her work. It is outstanding.



Click on the link to buy this superb book : – )


5 sheep rating



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