Skip to main content

Cloud of Sparrows


I will always be mesmerized by Japanese history and its people.

In fact, majority of my books are fictional stories of ancient and medieval Japan. And one of my favorites among these is Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka.

A great book should transport you in time through its effective imagery and fascinating storytelling. And Takashi was able to achieve it with this book.

Cloud of Sparrows is a magnificent adventure set in Japan featuring an array of geishas, samurais and Japanese noble men of feudal clans. Told from a Japanese perspective, the story is set years after Western influences invaded Japan after having been closed for many centuries.

Its a good thing that Takashi decided to make a sequel for this book titled Autumn Bridge.

I’ve yet to read that one, if I'm lucky enough to get my hands on a copy.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The English Patient

There are movie lines...

And then, there are "the movie lines"


The English Patient is one of my all time favorite movie.  It stars the oh-so-mysterious Ralph Fiennes as Count Almasy (who incidentally is also a real person).

It is based on a novel of the same title by Michael Ondaatje (which is also one of my fave writers).

Michael's writing can be described as "imaginative and whimsical."  He likes to write stories about the ravages of war and the interesting people living it.

He also writes about relationships and betrayal.
 "Betrayals in war are childlike compared with our betrayals during peace. New lovers are nervous and tender, but smash everything. For the heart is an organ of fire." And of course, love.

This movie has "the movie lines" to die for.


Almasy to Katherine:  "Swoon, I'll catch you"
If only this statement can be trusted. If only guys are all like this in real life.

My Bestfriend's Wedding

I hate weddings because it’s one of those times that I am reminded of my solitary existence. See related post here.
Which is why I do not understand fate’s insistence that I become a bridesmaid four times over and maid of honor this time around.

This time was a friend’s wedding.A much deserved celebration fora couple who has gone through so much.

I was made to give a speech as a Maid of Honor and I guess in my haze and hunger, I talked about friendship, made some jokes and such.I know I talk a lot but my thoughts are clearer and much more meaningful when written, so I’d like to put a much more meaningful message here:

Dear Cha,

I wanted to find out when we became friends so I searched thru my email to find some clue. I learned that you first emailed me July 2007.About the practicum arrangements which was a requirement for our Master’s.  This started a series of long conversations - on love, life and laughing moments.

How time has flown.Back then, we were so eager to learn, to go back to sch…

The Filipino Spirit is Waterproof

I remember writing about this same topic  in December of 2011.  And now, around Christmas time, when everybody else was so preoccupied with wish lists and Christmas carols, thousands of our brothers and sisters has suffered from the recent typhooon...again.

But if there is one thing admirable about the Filipino people, it is our resiliency.Our capacity to take what is given to us with smiles on our faces and hopes in our minds. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING can keep us down.
And we have this uncanny way of turning even the worst disasters into moments of fun and creativity.

Like these:

At this time, the Ayala Museum has called out to fellow Filipinos out there to churn out their creative juices and submit entries relating to the phrase:  The Filipino Spirit is Waterproof And here are some of the examples: