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5.0 out of 5 stars Rufus Wainwright made print not flesh.....the grand, sometimes, bloody gesture and dramatic intense love., 13 July 2011
This review is from: Yakuza Pride (The Way of the Yakuza Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
The setting is a socially complicated Tokyo where two amazing men call the world well lost for love, but only after passion, power plays and an excess of pain.I loved the majority of this book. It has a huge impact; dramatically romantic, an amazingly evoked setting, with a fast action, violent, story. It deals with pride, honour, family, sexual possession and love, while using effective, moving language, metaphors and symbolism. Indeed, with no little finesse, the yakuza tattoo comes to stand for much of what is most moving here. Emotionally operatic, and on occasion referencing Madame Butterfly in more ways than one, H. J. Brues has gone all out for intensity.
I know nothing about Japanese culture, but the wonderful layers of detail used in this book evoke a complex society imbued with giri -- a cross between honour and debt. H. J. Brues' paints this through Ken's artist's eyes, but also uses the Japanese language's use of honorifics to help portray social structure. There is a broad picture of contemporary Tokyo, but it is the yakuza society, linked to past and present, with stressed inter-gang rivalries that is the main focus. This starts as the background to the passionate affair, but eventually the realities of Shigure's world viciously rip into Ken's life. It is when the suspense thread of the story forces itself to the fore that I started to have a few problems with the book.Happily, the final part of the book reconciles with earlier excellence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!!!, 25 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Yakuza Pride (The Way of the Yakuza Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
This was great...the exotic nature of the story held my interest really well. i loved the story of the tats, and i loved the perky ending as well as the angst in between. yea..a good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read., 14 Nov 2014
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Brilliantly written. Not just smut.
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