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4.0 out of 5 stars
Two sittings, and four cups of tea later..., March 16 2008
By chance I met Darcy Tamayose, the author, whom graciously offered her author's copy of 'Odori' to read after a brief, but impactful, meeting late last week.
When I inquired what 'Odori' was about, she very humbly stated it was a story of fiction.
On Saturday, I settled in a comfy chair with a tea, and devoured the book. Two brief sittings later, the book complete, I struggle to review it for online consumption.
It is easy to say that a novel is 'good', but this novel deserves more then 'good' and I am clearly not a writer. So, here is my attempt at a review.
Reading this book reminded me of sitting in front of my grandmother, as she told me stories of her childhood, and the struggles of her life. 'Odori' spoke to the sentimentality of family, the often heartbreaking struggles a family bears, and of the strength of individuals within a collective ancestry.
Cultural aspects of the novel are vivid and easily understood by someone not of her culture, and I found myself lost in her descriptions of life in Southern Alberta, and more so of Okinawa.
'Odori' could have become entangled in a number of cultural issues begging to be explored but it stayed true the journey of the central character. I think that was no small feat, and applaud Ms. Tamayose for having the strength not to become embroiled in educating the masses on the much more complex underlying facets of her novel.
I very much like this novel, and am thankful for the chance meeting that brought this novel to my attention. 'Odori' deserves much more then my most definitely lacking review, but I am glad to sing it's praises in whatever way I can. Enjoy.