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This is an auction for THE STORYTELLER AND HIS THREE DAUGHTERS, by Lian Hearn. reviews:

"This is an irresistible book for all writers. It is historical fiction about a once celebrated live storyteller in 1880s Japan, his attempts to keep his work relevant as European storytellers begin to captivate Japanese audiences, and the larger political forces that begin to make themselves felt on his family and his art. It starts out as a domestic, quaint picaresque and gently, soberly ventures into more serious matters, such as the hijacking of art for propaganda purposes, without ever losing its gentle, fine touch. I have been a big fan of Hearn's work since her "Tales of the Otori" series, and this latest book shows her still at the height of her powers as a storyteller. She is, in my opinion, a master."

"Beautifully written and observed. The narrator is a charming invention, a somewhat weak character, born into traditional Japan, who has to mold to his audience's changing expectations and who is so reluctantly caught up in the modern Japan's rising nationalism. There is no magic in this book, unlike the tales of the Otori, apart from the magic of story-telling which is so effortlessly done through the voice of the narrator."

Very favourable reviews on

Paperback 2013.

263 pages.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $3.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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