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Review: Midwest Book Review reviews The Silver Spoon by Kansuke Naka

Michael Palmer - Monday, January 25, 2016

Today we got some good news from Midwest Book Review telling us that Silver Spoon: Memoir of a Boyhood in Japan by Kansuke Naka, translated by Hiroaki Sato was reviewed in their Reviewer's Bookwatch section. Thanks so much to MBR and reviewer Michael Carson for the kind words. 

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"Synopsis: Kansuke Naka (1885 - 1965) was a Japanese poet, essayist, and novelist. Perhaps the most admired childhood memoir ever written in Japan, Kansuke Naka's "The Silver Spoon" is a sharp detailing of life at the end of the Meiji period (1912) through the eyes of a boy as he grows into adolescence. Innocence fades as he slowly becomes aware of himself and others, while scene after scene richly evokes the tastes, lifestyles, landscapes, objects, and manners of a lost Japan.

Critique: Ably translated into English by Hiroaki Sato, and enhanced with illustrations by Sumiko Yano, "The Silver Spoon: Memoir of a Boyhood in Japan" is an inherently fascinating and thoroughly absorbing read from beginning to end. Of immense interest for academia and the non-specialist general reader with an interest in Japanese history and culture, "The Silver Spoon" will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to both community and academic library biography collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "The Silver Spoon" is also available in a Kindle edition ($14.49)."

Michael J. Carson


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