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The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones

The Emperor of Any Place

by Tim Wynne-Jones

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Well done and beautifully written... but also not my kind of book. I was expecting historical fiction, so the paranormal twist took me by surprise. ( )
  bucketofrhymes | Dec 13, 2017 |
Two stories merge into one in this interesting mystery. After 16 year-old Evan's father passes away, his grandfather comes to help him sort things out. His hippie(ish) dad and grandfather didn't get along, and Evan has never met "Griff" - a tough career army man. But before Griff arrives, Evan begins reading a book he found in his father's room. The book is the diary of a Japanese soldier on a small deserted island, and something in it had prompted Evans dad to believe Griff had murdered someone. And when Griff shows up, he's every bit as scary as Evan worried he might be, and Evan's fears seem to be coming true.

I'm not normally a fan of the 'story within a story' novels, and nearly quit reading this one. On the day I had decided to give it up, suddenly the story of the Japanese soldier took a very weird turn - and I mean "weird" in a good way! All of the sudden I could barely put it down. I hope it's not a spoiler to say there are some fantastical elements to the story, and if you're looking for historical fiction, this way strays a little into the realm of ghosts and monsters. Some other reviews I looked at were disappointed with that element, but I loved it. ( )
  J.Green | Nov 22, 2016 |
A darkly beautiful imagining of a piece of WWII history that most Americans never read about in textbooks--POWs and relations between American and Japanese soldiers in the Pacific.
  LibraryGirl11 | Jul 21, 2016 |
Evan's father died when he was 18 and the only other relative he had was his estranged grandfather, a veteran of World War II. As Evan tries to deal with his grief, he finds a self-published book his father had been reading. He begins to read the story of a Japanese soldier who was marooned on a small heart-shaped island in the Marshall Islands. Then his grandfather shows up, a military man who never forgave his son, Evan's father, for emigrating to Canada to evade the draft.

The reader follows the days of tension between Evan and his grandfather and reads the story of the marooned soldier (the Japanese was joined by the navigator of a downed American plane). The story features ghosts of people not yet born, flesh eaters called jikininki, and an unkillable monster called Tengu.

Will the two men be able to form a relationship? Will the truth of what happened on that island be revealed? ( )
  mamzel | Feb 25, 2016 |
This novel traces the relationship of three generations of men – 17-year-old Evan, his dad who unexpectedly died at the beginning of this tale, and the grandfather who was never part of their lives due to the strained relationship with Evan’s father. However, due to the circumstances Evan’s grandfather is contacted and comes to stay with him to help Evan deal with all that surrounds a death in a family. What makes this book so compelling is the inclusion of the contents of the book that Evan’s father was reading just before he died – the diary of a Japanese soldier who had become stranded on a small island in the Pacific during WW II. Evan begins to read the diary and along the way comes to a greater understanding of his grandfather, changing their relationship forever. Included in this tale is a unique concept – preincarnation, where ghosts exist of those yet to be born, not just ghosts of those who died. This is a lovely tale filled with great insights. ( )
  Susan.Macura | Jan 24, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763669733, Hardcover)

The ghosts of war reverberate across the generations in a riveting, time-shifting story within a story from acclaimed thriller writer Tim Wynne-Jones.

When Evan’s father dies suddenly, Evan finds a hand-bound yellow book on his desk—a book his dad had been reading when he passed away. The book is the diary of a Japanese soldier stranded on a small Pacific island in WWII. Why was his father reading it? What is in this account that Evan’s grandfather, whom Evan has never met before, fears so much that he will do anything to prevent its being seen? And what could this possibly mean for Evan? In a pulse-quickening mystery evoking the elusiveness of truth and the endurance of wars passed from father to son, this engrossing novel is a suspenseful, at times terrifying read from award-winning author Tim Wynne-Jones.

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When Evan's father dies suddenly, he finds the book his father had been reading, a diary of a Japanese soldier stranded on a Pacific Island during World War II. There was also an American soldier stranded there.

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