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Across the Nightingale Floor

by Gillian Rubinstein

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Series: Tales of the Otori (1)

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This is Book One of Tales of the Otori--the start of at least a trilogy. It's set in a fantasized mediaeval Japan, not overly constrained by anything like real history. Takeo is, through his mother and stepfather, a member of an outlawed religious sect called the Hidden, who strongly resemble a somewhat idealized early Christianity. Through his dead father, he's a member of the Tribe, a network of spies and assassins with supernatural gifts--the rarest and most prized of which Takeo has inherited. Takeo's father quit the Tribe and married Takeo's mother against the Tribe's orders. This is not permitted, any more than quitting the Mafia is permitted, but Takeo's father died without revealing the location of his wife and son. Also through his father, Takeo is heir to the Otori clan, which is somewhat wealthy and powerful, but used to be much more so, having lost a major power struggle around the time Takeo's father died.

Takeo's entire village of peaceful, harmless Hidden is massacred by one of the enemies Takeo had no idea he had, while Takeo is out wandering in the hills.

This seem like incredibly unpromising material. It seems even less promising when one learns that "Lian Hearn" is the pseudonym of a British-Australian children's author who has become infatuated with Japan. In fact, though, it's delightful. Takeo is a real kid, reacting normally to trauma, the repeated changes in his circumstances, and the discovery of his varied talents--including the temptation to use them unwisely, for an adolescent's idea of immediate personal advantage. Even his extremely complicated courtship of Kaede, a girl almost as improbably well-connected and unfairly disadvantaged as Takeo himself, works, and adds to the texture of the story rather than detracting. There are cartoon characters here, but they're peripheral ones, not the crucial ones, and this first third of the story is very good. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
After a day in the forest, Tomasu comes back to his village to find it burned and the inhabitants all (he presumes) murdered. He himself barely escapes the wicked Lord Iida and his soldiers, but is rescued by Lord Otori, begins a new life as Takeo and discovers that he is a member of The Tribe, a clan with amazing skills in misdirection and fighting. He struggles with his new identity, his loyalties to the man who saved him and his new-found 'family,' and his growing desire for revenge.
My description isn't doing this one justice - it's a great story with excellent characters. Definitely recommended. ( )
  electrascaife | Feb 14, 2018 |
I got this trilogy as audio books because I was going on a long road trip and wanted something to listen to. The two narrators really made the point of view changes easy to follow. After I listened to the books, I immediately went out and bought them so that I could read them and give them to friends to read.
  sochri | Nov 21, 2017 |
Not as good as the first time I read it in high school, but still a fun read. ( )
  mariacfox | Jun 19, 2017 |
based loosely on feudal Japan. A village boy watches his village be destroyed, is rescued by a Lord[of the Otori Clan] and finds out he is one of Tribe[ninja like people with special abilities]. Treachery, love, backstabbing, duty, resolve, all were here. This was a great story. I look forward to the next 2. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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Gillian Rubinsteinprimary authorall editionscalculated
Gray, KevinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jonassen, Fartein DøvleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nakasone, AikoNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serra, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A prophecy governs their fate. Blood, honour and love rule their hearts.
Cuentan
que la cierva que se aparea en otoño
con el arbusto de lespedeza
engendra un único cervatillo.
Un muchacho solitario
emprende un largo viaje,
con la hierba de almohada.

Manyoshu, vol. IX
N° 1.790

Hiroaki Sato & Burton Watson
The country of the eight islands
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My mother used to threaten to tear me into eight pieces if I knocked over the water bucket, or pretended not to hear her calling me to come home as the dusk thickened and the cicadas' shrilling increased.
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The debut novel of Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori series, Across the Nightingale Floor, is set in a feudal Japan on the edge of the imagination. The tale begins with young Takeo, a member of a subversive and persecuted religious group, who returns home to find his village in flames. He is saved, not by coincidence, by the swords of Lord Otori Shigeru and thrust into a world of warlords, feuding clans, and political scheming. As Lord Otori's ward, he discovers he is a member by birth of the shadowy "Tribe," a mysterious group of assassins with supernatural abilities.

Hearn sets his tale in an imaginary realm that is and isn't feudal Japan. This device serves the author well as he is able to play with familiar archetypes--samurai, Shogun, and ninja--without falling prey to the pitfalls of history. The novel fills a unique niche that is at once period piece and fantasy novel. Hearn unfolds the tale of Takeo and the conflicting forces around him in a deliberate manner that leads to a satisfying conclusion and sets the stage for the rest of the series. --Jeremy Pugh

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In a novel set in a land much like feudal Japan, a young boy named Takeo becomes a pawn in the ceaseless battles between rival warlord clans in a culture ruled by codes of honor and formal rituals.

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