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The Third Son: A Novel av Julie Wu
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The Third Son: A Novel (urspr publ 2013; utgåvan 2014)

av Julie Wu

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"In the middle of a terrifying air raid in Japanese-occupied Taiwan, Saburo, the least-favored son of a Taiwanese politician, runs through a peach forest for cover. It's there that he stumbles upon Yoshiko, whose descriptions of her loving family are to Saburo like a glimpse of paradise. Meeting her is a moment he will remember forever, and for years he will try to find her again. When he finally does, she is by the side of his oldest brother and greatest rival"--Dust jacket flap.… (mer)
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Titel:The Third Son: A Novel
Författare:Julie Wu
Info:Algonquin Books (2014), Paperback, 336 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Initially intriguing due to its unique historical position in Taiwan at the end of WW2, The Third Sun rapidly lost its charm for me. It plodded along towards its inevitable happy ending with its banal and utterly expected moral, occasionally touching on yet never fully addressing the most complex ethical concepts that arose. No surprises. No real thought required.

The narration was solid yet uninspiring. I'm not entirely certain that wasn't deliberate though as the main character could also be thus described. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Oct 20, 2018 |
An amazing novel to say the least - it was very interesting to see the perspective of a third son rather than always having a novel go around the first and/or only son. So this was a great perspective. I think this is a great novel it was amazing and I was hooked on what was going to happen during the entire novel.
  rayneofdarkness | Oct 28, 2015 |
Lately, when I read at bedtime I'm asleep by the second or third paragraph - though my husband says that I continue to turn pages even after I've fallen asleep. This was not the case with The Third Son which I found to be a very captivating story. I carried the book with me and grabbed minutes of reading wherever possible because I wanted to find out what would happen next. I thought that the family dynamics were especially interesting and gave me a better appreciation of life in another culture. I will be recommending this book to my friends. ( )
  knlinwi | Jan 19, 2015 |
I loved this book... I think I'm drawn to Asian themed novels because the main character is always mentally tortured in some way. I can relate because the abuse is generally more self-inflicted than anything else, and this is rarely realized until the end of the story. Don't we all torture ourselves to some degree? ( )
  saradiann | Jan 19, 2015 |
A fascinating, poignant story about a young boy's search for his family's love and approval throughout his life. Growing up in Japanese-occupied Taiwan, Saburo suffers abuse and neglect at the hands of his parents, often going hungry and being beaten while his older brother is pampered. Independent and driven, he studies to pass an English test and earn a coveted opportunity to attend university in the United States. Along the way he meets and eventually marries a young woman from a poor but loving family. When Saburo's father finally visits the US, it is an opportunity for Saburo to reconcile his past with his future with his wife and child. Highly recommended.

Note: this review is based on a copy of the book received for LibraryThing Early Reviewers ( )
  astraplain | Oct 4, 2014 |
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"In the middle of a terrifying air raid in Japanese-occupied Taiwan, Saburo, the least-favored son of a Taiwanese politician, runs through a peach forest for cover. It's there that he stumbles upon Yoshiko, whose descriptions of her loving family are to Saburo like a glimpse of paradise. Meeting her is a moment he will remember forever, and for years he will try to find her again. When he finally does, she is by the side of his oldest brother and greatest rival"--Dust jacket flap.

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