Honeybees and Distant Thunder: The million copy award-winning Japanese bestseller about the enduring power of great friendship

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Honeybees and Distant Thunder: The million copy award-winning Japanese bestseller about the enduring power of great friendship

Honeybees and Distant Thunder: The million copy award-winning Japanese bestseller about the enduring power of great friendship

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I will say, I could see some readers finding the pacing to be kind of stop-and-go, with a bit of repetitiveness in the structure (performances, judging, performances, judging, and so on). And beyond each round, the story finds hope in how the pianists connect, pushing each other toward greatness as they beachcomb and flower-arrange and meet over meals. The atmosphere of the novel, set mostly on this wild Greek island, echoes strongly the classical tragedies of Greece. Music as a fleeting moment, experienced live and then gone the instant it ends (maybe captured on recording, but that can never really contain the life of a piece).

In 2003 she moved to South America, where she reported for NHK television on Mayan and Incan culture. This is what made the entire story and its inhabitants come to life, it was so vivid you could taste the music. I really can't remember the last time I read a book that had me invested from start to finish or a book I read every night and finished in a week. The way the music was portrayed through pictures, scenes of nature and rain and thunder, or conversations with friends and loved ones, or interpretations of an expansive universe, or the swelling of emotion.

Beloved in Japan, Riku Onda immerses us in the world of music—from piano masterpieces to the buzz of bees and the rumble of thunder—which crescendos to a surprising ending in this rich and vibrant novel. Though he isn't present in every scene, he conveys each piece of the story leading up to the murder as if he were an omniscient narrator, capable of accessing every character's interior perspective.

Though Honeybees and Distant Thunder is centered around the Yoshigae International Piano Competition, a fictional contest set in a rural seaside town, the story is strongly character-driven. What the blurb said was true: This is beyond a reading experience and it felt like some sixth sense was at work. Each contestant was wonderfully drawn, and I felt moved, as if I were truly hearing each and every musical piece. Jin unnerves everyone from the get-go because he acts like he’s doing whatever he wants, but he ends up doing just that.The Night Circus meets Lonely Castle in the Mirror in this multi-award-winning Japanese bestseller, available finally in an English translation by Philip Gabriel, a translator of Murakami- AN FT BEST SUMMER READ 2023- OVER A MILLION COPIES SOLD IN JAPAN- WINNER OF THE NAOKI PRIZE AND THE JAPAN BOOKSELLERS' AWARD- A MAJOR MOVIE RELEASE IN JAPAN'A thrilling and often nail-biting depiction of music, friendship, and personal demons' OBSERVER'Propulsive and poetic' KIRKUSWelcome to a magical world of music, friendship and rivalry . There’s disgraced child prodigy Aya, mysterious son of a beekeeper Jin, the ‘Prince of Julliard’ Masaru, and the seemingly ordinary Akashi. Piglet is the searing, unforgettable and original debut which is set to take readers by storm in 2024. She beautifully conveys the transcendent power of classical music in all its emotive, psychological, and visceral glory.

The vibrant intensity of the characters unfolds page by page as Onda takes her readers through the competition. Four men who meet as college roommates move to New York and spend the next three decades gaining renown in their professions—as an architect, painter, actor and lawyer—and struggling with demons in their intertwined personal lives. There's a lot of boring descriptions of how the music made different characters feel, like they were flying, or that they were brought to tears.Esta não é uma história sobre rivalidade entre os participantes, é uma história sobre o amor que têm pela música, o que significa para cada um eles e a forma como conseguem criar relações profundas com os outros pianistas através dessa paixão mútua. While I first found myself confused with the constant page-to-page shifting of POVs, I grew to appreciate the way it communicated how every member of the audience and the performer was experiencing the music together, transcending their individual sensory experiences. Honeybees' is a lovely book to get lost in because it forces you to be in the moment with the story.

The mastery and precision with which they employed to describe the musical pieces and their emotional impact really astounded and impressed me.Niejednokrotnie zawarte przez nią w książce refleksje były bardzo zbliżone do moich i pokusiłabym się nawet o stwierdzenie, że nigdy jeszcze nie spotkałam się, żeby ktoś pisał o muzyce w tak piękny sposób, ukazując całą jej wielkość i wpływ, który może mieć zarówno na słuchacza, jak i wykonawcę. I was afraid I would get bored because I knew pretty much nothing about classical music let alone their world, never did I think I’d be so invested in something I have no active passion for.

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