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A Lost Paradise Hardcover – 1 Jan 1980

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd (1 Jan. 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770023243
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770023247
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.3 x 3.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,287,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a16c474) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99bcfbe8) out of 5 stars A look at the Japanese view of love 14 Oct. 2000
By Therese C. Vidal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I knew the ending of this book before I bought it, but I still wanted to find out why I had heard so much about it, so I bought it. It is a beautiful story of middle aged love and how two people not from my own culture handle the situation. The story deals with eroticism, love, seduction, and the subsequent quilt of cheating on a spouse. I didn't agree with how the protagonists dealt with their situation but Wantanabe delves into their minds and souls so completly that their fate is understandable. The author made me feel as if I was there with them and inside their heads as they enjoyed each and every experience they shared, all the way to the end.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99bafbe8) out of 5 stars Read it, it will awaken you to life. 29 Jun. 2003
By Saleem Gul - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Watanabe has thrown paradise at us in the form of a book. "A Lost Paradise" is a wonderful story of love, passion and obsession. It's well written and well crafted and flows like the waves of a calm ocean gently awaking emotions each time they caress the shore. Mr. Watanabe presents us with a story of Kiko and Rinko who are two souls lucky enough to find that elusive "true love" in each other, only to realize all to quickly its frailty. The perspective of love presented is truly eastern in flavor and that makes it that much more endeering and enticing and exciting. A story like this places itself snugly with the likes of Shirin & Farhad, Zulekha and her lover, Jahangir and Anarkali.
HASH(0x9a10a00c) out of 5 stars A book you will never forget 15 July 2010
By C. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The other commenter that said the book is about porn didn't give enough credit to the author. He created magnificent scenes and imagery with his prose. Yes, there was a lot of lovemaking described in detail in it but it was all about the love the two character shared. This book has haunted me since I was an undergrad. Please read it with an open mind.
1 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99baabac) out of 5 stars Porn masquerading as literature 26 Aug. 2001
By Carol Peters - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This novel is a fake. It's not mainstream fiction, it's just porn, dressed up in fancy clothes but otherwise porn. One chapter equals one sex scene. Chapter after chapter of the two philandering characters who excel only in rapturous leading to violent leading to dangerous sex. I'm dismayed that people seem to have been misled by it, perhaps because it's a Japanese novel. Believe me, good Japanese novels are not like this.
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