KAZUKO: My Sweet Childhood Till the Bomb Fellby IRWIN TOUSTER
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Mother is ninety-six or ninety-seven, we're not sure and there's no one around to set us straight. The reality of her age seems to have slipped into the dustbin of time. She now resides at the Active Life Shukugawa, a well-run nursing home outside of Ashiya, Japan. I fl y from Newark three or four times a year taking turns with my three brothers visiting.
She's well cared for, is lively, and as reported by the staff, is the center of the home's social life. She sings a lot. Unhappily she is confi ned to a wheelchair but this in no way puts a pall on her good spirits. When I was last there she studied me carefully as I entered her room and said, "You know, you look just like my daughter." After a pause she reconsidered and added, "Please, I hope you'll not be offended, but my daughter is prettier."
Memory for most of us is more like Mother's than we care to
acknowledge. Most believe in the facts of our memory; what we
conjure out of our past is trustworthy. It is not. In truth memory has no conscience, is devoid of chronology, and its lapses and confusions are not necessarily a condition of advanced age. Early childhood memories are without context. Flashing on them is like flipping through an old photo album, the snapshots pasted in pellmell. Tested against others' memories, it's Rashomon. In recounting the tale of my early life in Japan, I will allow memory's caprice. I could not do otherwise.
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one of the best books ever
Well i still like the book.though it would have more successful if it has a professional review like new york times or kirkus.
Kazuko.great book.although it does not have kirkus review.thats what bookstores require