A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding➶ [Reading] ➸ A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding By Jackie Copleton ➫ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk 'What and how much should I admit to myself and to others Should I begin with this acknowledgement my daughter Yuko might be alive today if I had loved her in a different way'When a badly scarred man 'What and how much should I of Mutual PDF/EPUB ¿ admit to myself and to others Should I begin with this acknowledgement my daughter Yuko might be alive today if I had A Dictionary PDF or loved her in a different way'When a badly scarred man knocks on the door of Amaterasu Takahashi’s retirement home and says that he is her grandson she doesn’t believe Dictionary of Mutual PDF/EPUB ë himBut if you’ve become adept at lying can you tell when someone is speaking the truthAmaterasu knows her grandson and her daughter died the day the Americans dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki; she searched for them amongst the ruins of her devastated city and has spent years burying her memories of that brutal summer So this man is either a miracle or a cruel trickThe stranger forces Amaterasu to revisit her past; the hurt and humiliation of her early life the intoxication of a first romance the fierceness of a mother’s love For years she has held on to the idea that she did what she had to do to protect her family but now nothing seems so certainWe can’t rewrite history but can we create a new futureSet against the dramatic backdrop of Nagasaki before and after the bomb A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding is about regret forgiveness and the exuisite pain of love. 35 Pikadon pika meaning bright light and don meaning boom The word the Japanese use when referring to the bombing by the Americans of Nagasaki This is where this story starts the bombing which will cost Amaterasu her daughter and young grandson She and her husband will move to America no longer to bear the memories in their own country Where forty years later a badly scarred man will arrive at her door claiming to be her grandsonThe effects of the bombing surrounds this story that goes back and forth in time Secrets and betrayal are at the heart of this well told novel We learn Amaterasu's back story as she attempts to find forgiveness for her actions and in an effort to make peace with her life I loved at the beginning of each chapter and Japanese word or cultural is explained giving me an insight into their culture I hadn't had beforeIt is hard to not be affected by this remarkable war and family story I utterly despised Sato who is the villain of the piece though he attempts to find redemption in his letters and in his adoption of a young child thought to be orphaned after the bombing So many were so many were deformed so heartbreaking A very profound and moving readARC from publisher An elderly woman has a visitor claiming to be her grandson from Nagasaki who she believes to be dead The story unwinds through letters diaries memories and several generations I really enjoyed the structure of the novel the way it started with a word from a dictionary and gave a definition and cultural context I also think we talk far about Hiroshima and very little about Nagasaki; I felt like I had learned a lot about the place and the people by the time the novel was through I'm putting it on my nomination list for my international book club because I think the conversation would be interesting ETA They voted for it and we're discussing it at the February 2017 meetingAdditional reads I can recommendNagasaki Life After Nuclear War by Susan SouthardGround Zero Nagasaki Stories by Yuichi SeiraiThe Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell “A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding” is a breathtaking work of literary historical fiction It’s a story detailing the life of Amaterasu Takahashi born in the early 1910’s in Nagasaki to a poor couple Amaterasu aka Ama lived through two world wars and knew the pain and heartache that war leaves it’s citizens and how to be a survivor Beyond historical fiction it’s a literary domestic fiction work of forgivenessThe story begins in modern day Pennsylvania when Ama receives a male badly scarred visitor claiming to be her grandson Ama lived through the bombing of Nagasaki and lost her daughter and her grandson She and her now deceased husband searched the bombed city for months looking for any sign of the two They had come to terms with their loss In their grief they fled Japan starting a new life in AmericaThis visitor who claims to be her grandson Hideo Watanabe is now a teacher and an internationally known survivor of the Atomic bomb who travels internationally to educate people of the lingering affects of radiation Hideo is badly disfigured and Ama cannot make any determination visually as to the conceivable fact Hideo came baring a package that was to help Ama come to her conclusion that Hideo is in fact her grandsonThis unexpected meeting forces Ama to reminisce her past In her ruminations along with the contents of the package the reader learns of Ama’s extraordinary life As with all formidable lives Ama’s past is filled with sorrow unreuited love decisions and struggles that form a complicated life Ama must come to terms with her past forgive herself and others She has a choicedecision to makeAuthor Jackie Copleton writes beautifully and the reader is fully immersed into the Japanese culture Copleton illustrates the social prodigal in the historical times Further she delves into dark secrets and the difficulty in doing the correct thing in complex times This would be a great book club read in that Ama made some choices that can be conceived as controversial It’s a great book for differing opinions I highly recommend it for those who enjoy historical fiction and domestic fiction A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding is about the devastation of war and the impact it had on one particular family after an atomic bomb was dropped on NagasakiI loved the style this book was written in and the way the story gradually came together In places this was rather an emotional read but overall a compelling story that felt very realThe definitions at the beginning of each chapter were fascinating and gave me an insight in to Japanese culture and how it differs so much from that of my own culture Some of the views of women and their place in society made me grateful for the time and place I grew up as I am lucky to have had so much freedom and respectI think this would appeal to fans of both contemporary and historical fiction and especially those who enjoy family sagas and stories that focus closely on a few specific well developed charactersI would like to thank the publishers for a copy of this book via THE Book Club TBC on Facebook in exchange for an honest review Find this and other reviews at decision to reuest a review copy of Jackie Copleton's A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding was made blindly I knew nothing about the author I hadn't read a single review of the title and I'd no idea it was a debut piece It wouldn't have mattered I was sold on the subject matter but I knew very little going into this book and was pleasantly surprised at what I discovered between its pages Amaterasu is an atypical protagonist She's emotionally complex and intensely vulnerable She possesses a uiet strength but it is masked by intense guilt and the pain of devastating personal loss She is an elderly woman when she is first introduced but the bulk of the story takes place during the middle years of her life and I loved that I don't come across many historicals that feature women past the age of thirty and as such felt Copleton's effort refreshing in both concept and designCopleton's description of Pikadon is at times graphic and her treatment may make some readers uncomfortable but I personally appreciated the author's candor and feel the novel stronger for its authentic portrayal of the bombing of Nagasaki Copleton's thesis is about family the decisions we make and the repercussions we reap but the setting humanizes the tragic reality of the one the WWII's darkest chapters As to the supporting cast I greatly enjoyed Yuko Kenzo Shige and Hideo but Sato is nothing short of fascinating It is clear that he is the narrative's antagonist but Copleton writes him with an extraordinary amount depth He is a convoluted personality that plays on multiple emotions and as a reader I liked how he challenged me I wanted to hate him outright but the complexities of his motivations ultimately tempered my dislike with a certain degree of sympathy When all is said and done I found A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding a poignant novel that seamlessly blends human emotion and historic fact It is a somber narrative that beautifully recreates the human condition against the horrors of Nagasaki Highly recommended It took me over half the book to work out why this wasn't uite working for me This is exactly the kind of genre I love a historical family drama spanning the years and exploring the various difficulties and secrets between relations My biggest complaint was the author's decision to make our narrator Amaterasu omniscient all knowing and able to describe exactly how other people felt exactly what they saw and what they were thinking simply through reading a few letters and diary entries If Copleton wanted to write about all the characters' thoughts then she simply shouldn't have written this in first person in my opinion It makes Amaterasu's account seem disingenuous or dishonest and I think this is the main reason I failed to connect with her family's story as much as I'd hoped In addition to that I didn't find most of the plot believable and some of it was overly melodramatic I'm also slightly confused over Sato's character as personally I think he is despicable without any redeeming ualities but I get the sense we are meant to feel some sort of sympathy for meDespite not loving this one I would like to thank the publisher for sending me the review copy especially as it is one of best formatted review copies I've ever received not that I've received that many but still Usually ebook review copies look fairly unfinished but that wasn't the case here and it looked very professional Widowed Amaterasu Takahashi is living in Pennsylvania with nothing but alcohol to keep her company She is surprised when a scarred man comes to her door claiming to be her grandson Hideo Ama believed her daughter and grandson had been killed when the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945 although their bodies had never been foundAna has been living with guilt for her actions prior to the dropping of the bomb The Takanashis had moved away from Nagasaki because the memories of their beloved daughter haunt them Her daughter's diary letters written by Hideo's adoptive father and Ama's memories bring us back to prewar Nagasaki The book is beautifully constructed with layer upon layer being peeled away as forbidden love family secrets and the horror of war are revealedAt the start of each chapter passages from a dictionary explain Japanese feelings philosophy or beliefs in Western terms This look into Japanese culture helps the reader understand the actions of the characters The book will appeal to readers who enjoy stories with family relationships romantic entanglements filled with complications and historical settings On August 9 1945 a new word entered the Japanese vernacular pikadon PIKA meaning brilliant light and DON meaning boom It aptly described what Amaterasu Takahashi and thousands of others saw and heard in Nagasaki at 1102 am A brilliant light and then a boom Ama lost her daughter and grandson on that fateful morning They were everything to her Pushing past the dead or dying and sifting through the ashes she knew she would never see Yuko or little Hideo again But nearly forty years later a man—badly scarred and disfigured—knocked on her door bringing good news “Please don’t be alarmed” the stranger said “My name is Hideo Wantanabe It is good to see you Grandmother” He left her a letter to read to get their journey started A journey that would take Ama back to a tragic past and a man who would be the common thread to everyone she has ever loved and lost A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding is Jackie Copleton’s first novel and it truly is a hauntingly beautiful story Using Ama as our narrator we experience the horror when the second of two atomic bombs hit the city of Nagasaki on August 9th the first hit Hiroshima three days prior on August 6th Through Ama’s eyes we witness the carnage fear destruction chaos and terror as survivors desperately searched for loved ones while the injured begged for water or aid As our story progresses we begin to learn about Ama her husband Kenzo and her daughter Through Ama’s memories as well as a series of entries in Yuko’s diary we begin to understand the reasons behind Ama’s feelings of guilt and bitterness She is a woman living a life of “What ifs” and “If onlys” and is constantly uestioning her own maternal motives Any parent will be able to relate to Ama and her need to shield her child from harm and heartache but as the saying goes “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” and Ama uickly realizes that protection often comes with a priceCopleton gives readers a multi layered story that is brimming with pain loss regret and love But the singular theme that runs throughout the story is hope Whether you are extended it enticed by it or desperately hold onto it hope has many faces a grandmother looking for comfort a scarred man searching for healing a young wife waiting for her husband’s return from war a lover wanting a second chance or a city emerging from the rubble Copleton gives us a poignant and touching story of hope and reminds us that it is when things are at their darkest that hope often comes knocking on our door A heartbreaking story but I enjoyed it Review to come A great novel which provides insight into Japanese culture the bombing of Nagasaki and telling a heart wrenching story about a mother coming to terms with her relationship with and subseuent loss of her daughter and grandson

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  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
  • Jackie Copleton
  • 05 May 2015
  • 9780091959067