Monday, March 11, 2013
Title: Heat of the Sun
By: David Rain
Grand Opera searching for a Puccini to give it voice is the fast and absorbing read, Heat of the Sun, by David Rain. Madame Butterfly has long ago died for honor in the house on Higashi Hill, Nagasaki, having been discarded by her Lieutenant Pinkerton. Her son has been taken by Pinkerton and his American wife, Kate, back to America.
Ten years later, Woodley Sharpless, the son of the American consul in Japan, recounts the story of that son, with whom he meets up at a posh boys school, a boy with the unfathomable violet eyes of a mixed heritage. And Trouble lives up to his name. Sharpless follows Trouble's exploits across the globe, from the schoolyard in New York, to Mexico, to Los Alamos and the atomic bomb over Nagasaki. It's a wild ride, full of explosive events, human betrayals, and, behind it all, the ghosts of that melding of cultures in the house on Higashi Hill. "the ticktock motion begun in Nagasaki so many years before had at last achieved its rest."
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