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One Morning Like a Bird

One Morning Like a Bird

Tokyo, 1940. While Japan’s war against China escalates, young Yuji Takano clings to his cocooned life: his beloved evenings of French conversation at Monsieur Feneon’s, visits to the bathhouse with friends, his books, his poetry.

But conscription looms and the mood turns against foreigners, just when Yuji gets entangled with Feneon’s daughter. As the nation heads towards conflict with the Allies, Yuji must decide where his duty – and his heart – lie.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 14th July 2016

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780340825150

Reviews

Miller's delicate prose most closely recalls the tone of emotional restraint in Kazuo Ishiguro's early novels . . . Crisply defined characters offer a foil to Yuji's progressive ruminations, which Miller deftly coheres into a typically bittersweet resolution.
James Urquhart, <i>Independent on Sunday</i>
Deeply moving, written with loving attention to language, it felt like Pasternak back from the dead.
Tom Adair, <i>Scotsman</i>
Miller's Japanese characters are densely believable, and his recreation of their world is a real achievement
Christopher Tayler, <i>Guardian</i>
A revelatory perspective on an Eastern city in the second world war ... The prose is as delicate as a Japanese print
Sunday Times
Miller's writing is cinematic; it has a heightened visual sense and it shifts smoothly from dialogue to mood to location
TLS
A revelatory perspective on an Eastern city in the second world war . . .The prose is as delicate as a Japanese print
David Grylls, <i>Sunday Times</i>
A quite beautifully written coming-of-age novel with a completely convincing Japanese hero
Daily Mail
Miller's Japanese characters are densely believable, and his recreation of their world is a real achievement
Guardian
[Yuji] is a character so well realised as to engage all of our sympathies
Peter Carty, <i>Independent</i>
Miller's Japanese characters are densely believable, and his recreation of their world is a real achievement
Guardian
Not only does he combine delicious literary conceits with thought-provoking explorations into the human condition, he has the rare gift of tossing out perfect sentences that make you stop in your tracks
Claire Allfree, <i>Metro</i>
A revelatory perspective on an Eastern city in the second world war ... The prose is as delicate as a Japanese print
Sunday Times
'Detail by delicate detail Miller conjures Yuji's dim, mysterious world of gradual dissolution."
Natalie Sandison, <i>The Times</i>
The frank simplicity of Miller's prose, and his search for truth in the reality of the quotidian feels (to this Western reader) convincingly Japanese. Miller places his words and plot developments carefully, like the smooth grey pebbles of a Zen garden, with all but the most essential adjectives weathered away. There are moments of beauty, truth and irony.
Helen Brown, <i>Daily Telegraph</i>
Miller's writing is cinematic; it has a heightened visual sense and it shifts smoothly from dialogue to mood to location. At all times the author is in command
<i>TLS</i>
Miller's writing is cinematic; it has a heightened visual sense and it shifts smoothly from dialogue to mood to location
TLS
A quite beautifully written coming-of-age novel with a completely convincing Japanese hero and a precisely, lovingly rendered evocation of imperial Japan
Harry Ritchie, <i>Daily Mail</i>
A quite beautifully written coming-of-age novel with a completely convincing Japanese hero
Daily Mail