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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time [Paperback]

Yasutaka Tsutsui
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9 May 2011
One of Tsutsui's best-known and most popular works in his native Japan, The Girl Who Leapt through Time is the story of fifteen-year-old schoolgirl Kazuko, who accidentally discovers that she can leap back and forth in time. In her quest to uncover the identity of the mysterious figure that she believes to be responsible for her paranormal abilities, she'll constantly have to push the boundaries of space and time, and challenge the notions of dream and reality.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Alma Books Ltd (9 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184688134X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846881343
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Osaka, Yasutaka Tsutsui is particularly well known for his science fiction. After graduating from Doshisha University, he founded Null, a science-fiction magazine. His short story 'Oo-tasuke' ('Help') won him the recognition and respect of Rampo Edogawa, the father of Japanese mystery writing. In 1970s Tsutsui began experimenting with a variety of styles, from slapstick to black humour. He is the winner of various awards including Izumi Kyoka Prize, Kawabata Prize and Yomiuri Literary Prize.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too short 30 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The trouble with Kindle editions is that when you see the number of pages, you assume these have the same volume of words as an ordinary page, but they are obviously a lot shorter. This book is in fact two short stories. Both of which are really basic in style. I realise this is probably due to the way they have been translated, but there is nothing in the way of imagery or descriptive narrative at all (it is all 'He said, she did'). It took me a few pages into the second story to realise that the first one had ended! To be sold at the same price as a normal book, I would expect there to be at least 10 stories in the volume. I'm glad I bought it on the Kindle days of Christmas deal for only 99p!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved it until I got to the end. 22 Jun 2011
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This is really a novella rather than an novel and one that I found interesting. It tells the story of a fifteen year old Japanese girl called Kazuko who accidentally discovers that she can travel back and forth in time. She is desperate to work out who gave her this ability and believes it is the due to the mysterious person who was hovering in the science laboratory at school. Something had gone wrong and she had fainted at the same time. She knew she would have to travel back in time to work out who the person was.

It was an enchanting story and I was really enjoying it up until the last few pages,where unfortunately I found the story became difficult to believe. I know you are probably shaking your head at me and saying 'Its fiction, it isn't true anyway.' Well I know that, but majority of books you can lose yourself into the fantasy and believe every word of it and for most of this story, I fully believed that time travel was possible. However, the ending swayed a little into the too far fetched area for me and I found myself recalling an episode of Friends where Joey is desperately trying to be taken seriously as an actor in a play. The play looks like an intense and entertaining one until a ladder comes down from the sky to take him into space. You know the one I mean?

I can only hope that the ending got a little lost in translation as it seemed so disjointed to the rest of the story. I would have loved to have seen this story expanded allowing more character development and a more believable ending.

The book actually consists of two stories and out of the two I actually preferred 'The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made Of'' more. The main character of the story 'Masuko' is trying to discover the route to her fears and embarks on a journey to do so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas, barely developed 16 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is an odd book, comprising two short stories which are not only unrelated but really quite different in style. The first, about the titular time-leaping girl, is a fun if slightly silly sci-fi story. The second has a more serious feel; harder to categorise in terms of genre, but deals with themes around repressed memories, fears, and nightmares. Worth a read - not least for cultural education, as it's apparently so popular in Japan - but I won't be re-reading it any time soon.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok 17 May 2011
The girl who leapt through time is certainly an interesting read. I knew that I was getting this for review a while back so I managed to get my hands on the film based on it and watched that before I read this. This is probably a mistake because watching coloured my opinion on the book.

The girl who leapt through time in book format is really just a longer short story. It is very brief in its plotline with little character development. It's not to say it isn't entertaining and quite nice story in itself just a bit too brief really. I also found it quite confusing that two of the main characters had very similiar names (one only having on letter extra than the other) which made it a little hard at times to follow what was happening to who. I liked the ideas and the concept behind it but would have liked a bit more story and a bit more development of the characters which is something the film of the same name certainly does.

I would recommend if you are interested in this title to start with the book first as an introduction and watch the film second.
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable book; but rather short 31 Aug 2014
By Rose
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You get two stories in this book, The Girl who Leaped Through Time, and another one about psychological fears.
They're surprisingly short but the writing style is very nice to read; its very straight-forward and simple.
I originally got this because I love the films based on it, and would recommend this if you're not big on reading/for a younger reader (perhaps late primary/early secondary school)
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