Hikotaro is thirteen years old and an orphan, left to a life of adventure at sea. When the merchant vessel he sails on is caught in a violent storm on the Pacific, an American ship comes to the rescue and takes the young boy to San Francisco. With trepidation and hope, the boy-now dubbed Hikozo- accepts his new country.
Hikozo soon dreams of returning to his village, but a longen forced Shogunate policy forbids entry to Japanese who have been abroad. Still, he tries, sailing to Hong Kong aboard a ship commanded by the legendary Commodore Matthew Perry, only to be refused and returned to California. There, a wealthy American adopts Hikozo and introduces him to a world of influence and power.
Some ten years later, Hikozo finally returns to a Japan stirred into violence by the opening of the country. But America is in the midst of its bloody Civil War, and there is no place he can call home. Yoshimura has created a great sea adventure and historical record of two nineteenth-century countries in the making.
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Based on real events, the moving story of a man lost between two cultures.
Orphaned at the age of thirteen, Hikotaro resigns himself to a life at sea. But when the merchant vessel he sails on is caught in a violent storm, he is taken to San Francisco by American rescuers. Made an outcast by the shogunate policy forbidding reentry to Japanese who have been abroad, Hikotaro accepts his new country with trepidation and hope. Still, he dreams of returning to his native land. Yet when he finally does, he realizes that there is now no place he can call home.
PRAISE FOR SHIPWRECKS
"Haunting and austerely beautiful."--The New York Times
"Extraordinary in detail and verisimilitude . . . a haunting read."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
PRAISE FOR ON PAROLE
"An austerely graceful book, which should help cement Yoshimura's reputation here and bring over more of his twenty bestselling novels in its wake."--The Washington Post Book World
"A neat novel . . . There's nothing picturesque about the story, and it's a measure of Yoshimura's mastery that we're still disturbed and fascinated."--The New York Times Book Review
PRAISE FOR ONE MAN'S JUSTICE
"[Yoshimura is] a writer of great psychological acuteness . . . One Man's Justice is a provocative exploration of the effects of war on the human soul."--San Jose Mercury News
"Gripping, remarkable. . . . A deft, accurate writer, Yoshimura captures a man in limbo with unnerving insight and definition."--The Christian Science Monitor
Akira Yoshimura is the prizewinning author of twenty novels and short-story collections, many of them bestsellers in Japan. He is president of Japan's writers' union and a member of PEN International. Storm Rider is the fourth of his novels to be translated into English. Yoshimura lives in Tokyo.
AKIRA YOSHIMURA is the prize-winning author of twenty novels and short-story collections, many of them bestsellers in Japan. He is president of Japan’s writers’ union and a member of PEN International. Storm Rider is the fourth of his novels to
be translated into English.Yoshimura lives in Tokyo.
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Book Description Harcourt, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Edition. Yoshimura, Akira. STORM RIDER. NY: Harcourt Books, c2004. First US edition. 367pp. 8vo. New trade hardcover with d/w. Bookseller Inventory # 66042
Book Description Harcourt, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0151006679
Book Description Harcourt, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110151006679