1. I love Japan
2. I wanted to know about the life of Royal family
3. I am curious about the authors way of writing, my first time to read his work.
4. I wanted to know how it feels as a commoner to be involved with yeah Royal “blood”
The first pages were interesting until I got so bored that I don’t want to sacrifice my precious time for “sleeping” ah ah yeah! So it took me longer time to finish this book. There are books/stories you’re willing to spend more time with…the last 20 or 30 pages gave me the thrill, the emotions, the ahah this is it I’ll be sleeping late and I’ll finish it tonight…
This book will remind you of “father and daughter” moments during your childhood days which one could never go back into, the home where you have spent your childhood days which in some mysterious way will always have an effect on you no matter how grander, bigger, more sophisticated your new home now is.
Life as a “woman, wife and a mother.”
The author is a man and I admire how he portrayed how it is to be depressed (based on experience?)
So, from the back cover:
In 1959, a young woman, Haruko, marries the Crown Prince of Japan. She is the first nonaristocratic woman to enter the mysterious, hermetic monarchy. Met with cruelty and suspicion by the Empress. Haruko is controlled at every turn, suffering a nervous breakdown after finally giving birth to a son. Thirty years later, now Empress herself, she plays a crucial role in persuading another young woman to accept the marriage proposal of her son,with tragic consequences.
After finishing this book last night, I cried. I thought of my own father. I miss home. I miss simple life in our province. For real, life is simplier back then but that’s how it is- life is full of surprises I never thought that I’d be on my own in a foreign country in my 20’s but this is what I chose, this is what I wanted (before)and there is no going back, childhood days are over and so I agree with Haruko’s dad when he said that things are different after she became a wife, after she became a mother- she has a husband and a child to take good care of, she has a family of her own. Life needs to go on! You can’t just stop, you have to pick that golden pen and keep going. Also, you don’t give up the person you chose to “marry”
And yes, it’s funny.I imagined Haruko’s grandchild, what if she’s one of the pretty woman I meet/see around here in SoCal?
Ahah nah! Cos they went to NY. Lol 😝😛😜
Oh yes! I saw Princess Kate this morning at Good Morning America show and I wondered about her life as a Princess and now I am watching this almost an hour video about Prince Harry whom I honestly thought/dreamt of marrying someday when I was a teenager (haha) 02162015