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4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative history., 1 Nov. 2002
This review is from: Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, Book One) (Hardcover)
Across the nightingale floor is a mixture between real Japanese history and Hearn's imagination.
Set in feudal Japan we follow a young boy (Takeo) who sets out for revenge against the war lord that killed his family. He is accompanied by a self appointed mentor who teaches Takeo how to master special abilities he has been born with such as acute hearing and stealth.
The story is original and has some terrific scenes in it. The book misses out on five stars because I felt it could have incorporated a lot more of the surrounding beauty of the Japanese countryside and tradition into it.
Adults of all ages will enjoy this tale.
As for it being childrens book I'm not so sure. It has no scenes of an explicit nature but it does have a few gory ones and it does deal with sexual attraction. I see no problem with a young person reading this book but I'm not so sure the average child under twelve would be interested in the subject matter. I would suggest from the age of fifteen upwards as this is the age of the lead character.
I thoroughly enjoyed the read and am looking forward to the next installment.
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