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Titre : Whispering Leaves in Grosvenor Square 1936-...
Éditeur : Brill, United Kingdom
Date d'édition : 1998
Reliure : Hardback
Etat du livre : New
Edition : Revised ed..
Language: English . Brand New Book. A charming memoir by Yuki Yoshida, wife of Shigeru Yoshida, the then Japanese Ambassador to the Court of St James (who later became Japan s post-war prime minister of national reconstruction). It covers the years 1936/37 and includes fascinating observations on diplomatic life, and the round of receptions in London at the time, visits to the English countryside, friendship with Mrs Neville Chamberlain, visits to Scotland, as well as the Coronation of King George VI. Of particular interest are the author s reminiscences of the visit to UK of Prince and Princess Chichibu. This is a fascinating personal record of times past, interwoven with a number of revealing tanka poems that highlight the author s literary skill and deep emotions. This memoir is enhanced by the historical setting of the period provided by Professor Ian Nish, as well as the pen-portrait of Yuki Yoshida by Dorothy Britton (Lady Bouchier), and the many photographs provided by the Yoshida family. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9781901903003
Synopsis : This short memoir by the wife of the then Japanese Ambassador to London (later to become Japan's post-war prime minister of national reconstruction in the 1950s), was first published by Longmans Green and Company in 1938. Yukiko was a gifted bi-lingual writer and poet and this book combines both his talents. In one sense, the book is a "stream of consciousness" with one memory moving on to envelop the next throughout the text. In another sense, it is also a record of times past seen from the standpoint of an often lonely wife of a senior Japanese diplomat seeking to achieve a life of her own (including a friendship with Mrs Neville Chamberlain) at a time of worsening world tension and incresingly bad relations between Britain and Japan. This volune should have particular appeal to both British and Japanese readers who have links with the period, and who have a special interest in Anglo-Japanese relations, and diplomatic history. It is very much an unusual "mini" memoir. Professor Ian Nish offers an informative general overview of the perio. Dorothy Britton (Lady Bouchier) also supplies a valuable pen-portrait of Yukiko Yoshida who died two months before the outbreak of the Pacific War.
A propos de l'auteur: Yuli was a remarkably gifted bi-lingual writer and poet.
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