Of Nightingales That Weep

Of Nightingales That Weep


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Of Nightingales That Weep by Katherine Paterson, Haru Wells

The daughter of a samurai never weeps. But Takiko, whose warrior father was killed in battle, finds this a hard rule, especially when her mother remarries a strange and ugly country potter. To get away from her miserable home, Takiko eagerly accepts a position at the imperial Japanese court. There, her beauty and nightingale voice captivate the handsome young warrior, Hideo — who also turns out to be an enemy spy. As war breaks out, Takiko flees the court and is forced to choose between loyalty to her people and her love for Hideo. She painfully learns that whatever choice she makes, she cannot run away from her samurai honor.

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ISBN-13: 9780833545404
Publisher: San Val
Publication date: 02/28/1989
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 10 - 17 Years

About the Author

Katherine Paterson was born in China, where she spent part of her childhood. After her education in China and the American South, she spent four years in Japan, the setting for her first three novels. Ms. Paterson has received numerous awards for her writing, including National Book Awards for The Master Puppeteer and The Great Gilly Hopkins, as well as Newbery Medals for Jacob Have I Loved and Bridge to Terabithia. Ms. Paterson lives with her husband in Vermont. They have four grown children.

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Of Nightingales That Weep 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up a copy of this book for my summer reading assignment I was in doubt. I believed it might bland or boring. I thought wrong. This is a beautifully descriptive story of a girl that you and me can easily relate to. It's an easy read and highly enjoyable. If you are looking for a book that you get a great deal out of, 'Of Nightingales That Weep' is most definitely for you. It's a new favorite added to my list. You won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I chose this book entirely by chance for a book review in Japanese class. I had read 'Bridge to Terabithia' so I chose this book on the merit of the author. I must admit I was very impressed by the historical acuracy and evidence of reaserch. I was happy with the end, I hate 'Hollywood' style endings 'and this was anything but'. This ending was unexpected but I think it worked out as far as the story is concerned. I don't want to ruin the end, but I just love the final remark. It's a perfect way to end a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was really good and it taught you Japanease life in the old days. But I hate the ending, it was weird. I can't believe she would marry her step-father and that Hideo would just give up on her just because she was working now and her skin is not pale anymore and that she has that scar.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in my English class, and was sadly disappointed. The beginning of the book reflected deeply on Japanese culture, but, as the plot went on, it steadily got worse. Takiko's choice of actions is incredibly horrifying, and hints of having sexual intercourse is quite vivid. This is what is commonly known as a 'cheesy romance novel'. I would definitely never recommend this book to anyone. It's absolutely deppressing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was fun reading about the hard decisions Takiko had to make, through good times and bad. Katherine Paterson really showed emotions and feeling in this book. The only part which I thought was kind of weird was at the end where Takiko marries her stepdad. But overall, it was GREAT! I had to read this book for a project, and i enjoyed it a lot. I hope many kids are able to read this book and see it the way i do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Takiko, the daughter of a samurai, must choose to stay with her loving mother and step-brother or to leave for the imperial court. While on an errand, Takiko meets an espionage spy from the 'other side,' and he captures her heart. When her ugly step-father Goro comes to the imperial fort during the time of a Genji attack, Goro asks her to come back home, for her mother is expecting a baby. Because of Hideo, whom Takiko had only met a couple of times, she refuses Goro's offer, and decides to stay an aid for the young Emperor. Takiko learns the hard way that nothing should ever come between family. One reason that I question this book's excellence is because of Takiko's horrible judgement when she decided not to go back to her mother. This book's plotline is not crystal clear, but it does have lots of good description. I would recommend this book to anyone who is willing to read a sad book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is interesting and it makes me think iam takiko
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautiful. This was one of my favorite books as a child, and I still think about it to this day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The daughter of a samurai never weep'- a mantra often used around Takiko, the 11-year-old daughter of a recently deceased samurai while fighting in the feuding war between the Genji and Heike. Her mother, Chieko, remarried an unsightly potter named Guro. Takiko, who sings and plays a Japanese instrument, the koto, is chosen to perform for the imperial court. While serving her time in court, Takiko becomes infatuated with Hideo, who is on an espionage for the Genji- the enemy of her people. Meanwhile, Takiko's mother and half-brother are inflicted with the plague, and Guro insisted that she come home to assist her family to health. Takiko refused. The plague deteriorates, and Chieko and Ichiro are hanging by a thread. What ever shall Takiko do? Will her love betray her? I've read this book in the 7th grade, and it was moderately delectable. However, the novel includes some suggestive concepts, such as incest and sexual intercourse. I recommend it to zealous historical fiction fanatics and people fervent for Japanese culture. As for those who tend to have callow reaction to certain contents mentioned above, I suggest you stay away. Good luck, anyway.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. It had a great plot along with telling you all about life in Japn. I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
So far this book is really good. It has a alot of characters and it gives you an idea what Japan really looked like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very inspiring and lovely book. It really gives you insight on how medieval Japan really was, and how honor was so important, yet not important at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was soo good. It had a lot character growth and some real-life problems. It was a sweet book and was just incredibly wonderfull!! It gave you the idea of what life was like in ancient Japan.(the time mentioned in the book was 1128)Please read this exellent book!!^_^