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May In The Valley Of The Rainbow [Hardcover]

Yoichi Funado , Eve Nyren

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Book Description

Dec 19 2006
His real name is Toshio Manahan, but everyone calls him Japino because he's half-Japanese half-Filipino. Japino reveals the troubling world adolescence we are all familiar with, in a most foreign atmosphere of local guerrilla warfare and a state run by corrupt policemen, in Garsaponga, a rural village in the tropical mountains of the Philippines.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical (Dec 19 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932234284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932234282
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 17.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g

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About the Author

Yoichi Funado is the reigning monarch of the contempory political thriller in Japan. No Japanese novelist is better acquainted with independence and resistance movements that are currently operant around the world. Funado has received various awards from the Japan Adventure Writing Association, Japan Mystery Writers Association, Naoki Award, and a Yoshikawa Eiji Prize and Yamamoto Shuguro Prize for suspense writing. He has translated Dashiell Hammett and has written original script for the popular manga series Golgo 13.

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3.0 out of 5 stars could be an action movie... March 12 2008
By Alan F. Paredes - Published on Amazon.com
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An intricate series of events about of a kid growing up in a rural village. His innocence clashes with a world of adult idiocy and tragedy normally found in tales of filipino urban life. Hopefully he does not turn into the horrid personae exemplified throughout. The story is rich, the protagonist not a pathetic anti-hero, but the writing shows its straight-ahead translation. (taken from my Listmania description)

I understand that the writer is Japanese and that this was translated to English. But it was done too exactly. It could be either the translator or the writer at fault. But take Haruki Murakami -- his translated novels are very deep and emotional with intricate storylines.

Some words such as common phrases could have been written in tagalog or other filipino languages, with an explanation included in the character's voice. This would give the novel some character and perhaps authenticity. As for the voice of this book, I could see that it portrays some of the character's young age by being so simple and methodical, but this book is almost all plot. Or perhaps the kid is often having a deer in the headlights response -- in which case he is rather pathetic. There's hardly anything in depth about his thoughts and feelings. Or rather an exploration of it. This is akin to a shallow action movie that's all plot and no depth.

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