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Note: Be warned beforehand that I am going to give away parts of the plot in this post. I have marked the spoilery part, read at your own risk. The Spanish version that I read was translated from the German one in although there is a newer version out in the market.
The translation is full of cultural notes. Considering European cultures in , that might have been shocking for many indeed. The book had been lying around for ages, unread, until I stole it to give it a home in my collection. This is a cause of concern for her, even if her parents love her to death and back.
The novel is set in a rather timeless environment in Kyoto, at least apparently. In one of the first scenes we are told that Chieko uses a phone, but it is not until the second half of the book when we are given an actual time reference — the Americans left Japan the previous year, which pinpoints the story circa Only then we start seeing mentions of cars, trains and buses, although by then we are already set in the atmosphere of the tale-Kyoto.
I really loved the way this was done. The book timing is paced around the religious festivals in Kyoto, weaving the atmosphere into the kimono choosing — maybe an excuse, but one that works very well to present a setting and making time advance. Chieko has three suitors — Hideo, a traditional weaver, and brothers Ryuusuke and Shinichi. Halfway through the story, however, Chieko discovers that she was not stolen but abandoned, because her real mother had twins. While praying in a temple, she meets another young lady who looks exactly like her — a worker from a nearby village who hopes to find her lost twin sister.
The connection is easily made. The girls decide to keep their sisterhood a secret, but Naeko is discovered by Hideo the suitor , who confuses her with Chieko and promises her an obi. When Chieko reveals the truth to him, she asks him to not only weave an obi for her, but to create one for Naeko too.
Love-wise Chieko herself is receptive to Shinichi, the younger brother, and intimidated by Ryuusuke, the older one. Nature and plants are often discussed, both as living creatures and as fabric patterns.
The characters are soft-spoken but strong-willed, and some of them even lovely in their very own helplessness. Hemos marcado las partes que cuentan los puntos claves y el final. Leed bajo vuestra propia responsabilidad.
Es la hija de un vendedor de kimono de Kioto. Aunque sabe que sus padres la adoran, el saber que es adoptada estresa a Chieko. Es una obra maestra de herramientas literarias. Chieko tiene tres pretendientes: Hideo, un tejedor tradicional, y los hermanos Ryuusuke y Shinichi. Mientras reza en un templo, conoce a una muchacha que es exacta a ella, una trabajadora de un pueblo cercano a Kioto que tiene la esperanza de encontrar a su hermana gemela.
Las dos chicas deciden mantener su parentesco en secreto, pero Hideo el pretendiente , las confunde. Creyendo que Naeko es Chieko, le promete un obi. Pero nunca conoceremos su respuesta. La historia termina con Naeko visitando la casa de Chieko por primera vez. Sin embargo, en realidad tampoco importa demasiado. El desarrollo del libro es relajado, lento. Esos personajes son de voces suaves y voluntades fuertes, algunos de ellos adorables en su propia impotencia.
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Note: Be warned beforehand that I am going to give away parts of the plot in this post. I have marked the spoilery part, read at your own risk. The Spanish version that I read was translated from the German one in although there is a newer version out in the market. The translation is full of cultural notes.