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Atmospheric and lyrical writing with a steely core
on 19 June 2016
Andrew Miller's novel, 'One Morning Like A Bird', set in Japan in the months running up to the fateful Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor, is wonderfully atmospheric and lyrical, yet it has a deceptive steeliness which gives it a fiercely dramatic character. And while these moments of heightened tension and emotion occur relatively infrequently, their impact upon the reader is all the greater for being sparingly employed and accordingly unexpected. The period detail is lightly touched in but feels entirely authentic, and the relationships between the main character, Yuji, and his family, their friends and neighbours, and the Frenchman, Feneon, and his daughter, Alissa, in their different ways are at the core of this great novel. Highly recommended.