By – Asha Lemmie
Fifty Words for Rain is a story of a young half African American, half Japanese girl as she experiences childhood in post-WWII Japan. The novel has a nice rhythm and fans of Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte will truly appreciate the plotline and storytelling. The drawback to the book is that the dialogue appears to be phony on occasion, and I personally grapple with the depiction of Japanese culture.
I truly adored “Pachinko”, and this book is fundamentally same. The two books look at inconsistencies in Japanese society. The two books depict post-war Japan as an outrageous juxtaposition among old and new. The old being a firm respected based thinking framework, the new being the reformist common sorts searching for a populist balance. In the spot of Korean transfers as in “Pachinko”, we have Nori a half dark “bastard” kid in a rich family.
Similarity end there. The writing in this book is significantly more straightforward, and the story truly appears to follow the average circular segments of untouchables in-respectability. The discussions appear to play out clumsily or excessively romantic. There are components likewise of the “Wide Sargasso Sea” in how Nori’s general ostracisation prompts mental instability.
The initial section was incredible. Our main character, Noriko Kamiza is eight years of age and her mom leaves her girl at the home of her grandparents with a letter, clarifying who she is. It is an exaggerated scene as Noriko watches her mom drive away, without a lookback at her young girl who is confused with a messed up heart. Nori’s grandparents come from a respectable Japanese family and seeing their bastard granddaughter is a foretelling for mercilessness and a study of the blue-blooded family.
Nori is consigned to the storage room, a scanty, little territory, no windows with insignificant furnishings and a prayer area. Her grandma, Yuko, visits her occasionally to ask her questions. It is a minor imperial house. Yoku is by all accounts a cousin of the Emperor.
Nori is obedient yet the visits end with beatings. In the middle of, Nori is given showers with extraordinary cleansers with expectations of changing her skin tone; Nori’s dad is an African American serviceman. Nori’s mom, who deserted her, is an unhappy, yet excellent lady, who is looking for a passionate connection and genuine love.
It is a super emotional story. Nori is a combination of thoughtfulness, fits of rage, physical accidents and profoundly fervid presentations. Her feelings are in plain view all through the vast majority of the novel, and they are rarely serene. She meets with misfortune and actual assaults the vast majority of her life, yet exactly when I thought Nori had subsided into some serene inside strength, there is an exceptionally charged upsetting or physical scene. It is a great story with too many cluttered passions. Lemmie gives a detailed historical framework post World War II to the 1960’s.