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Posted October 22, 2005
An Above Average Read
Although pleasant reading, Masumoto's book offers little that hasn't been said already in countless other New Age books. The author uses his voice as a Japanese peach farmer masterfully (reminiscent of Juan Valdez or the Little Old Winemaker) and speaks warmly about his love of family and organic farming. When he attempts to wax philosophical, however, he is awkward ('When I farm or garden, I learn to fail without winners or losers') and at times he seems unsure of his book's purpose. Masumoto's writing is concise, easy and occasionally lyrical, but his use of the first person is amateurish--his unrelenting, line-by-line use of 'I', 'me' and 'my' make the book sound like a 200-page Last Will and Testament. Still, there are some interesting reflections on farming and occasional mixes of humor that make 'Epitaph' a better than average read.
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