Just to get him mad, I bought about fifty good-luck charms at the gift shop and hung them on my neck and my wrist, and I tried to hang them on his camera. I wondered about the accuracy of an American author writing about two cultures so different from this one and whether or not he was getting it right. The story is told from the first-person points of view of several of the characters, including one of the journalists, the investigating police officer, and several of the school kids. Three schoolgirls go missing at a national park and people start to unwind. And the emotions that churn in dark rooms overnight as the players gather in the park visitors center are as intense as in any closet drama. Add to the mix a small group of students who decide to stay at the gorge, the shifting suspicions of a hard-boiled detective, and a typhoon, and the narrative becomes quite tense.
Other than that, the portrayal of youth and the novel's storytelling are entirely a joy to read. I think this novel would make a great story for a manga graphic novel so that the characters and scenery would have a chance to be fully realized in visuals since they are never fully realized in the prose. It shows how people deal under pressure and some of the cultural differences between the Japanese and the Taiwanese. When three schoolgirls suddenly go missing in the same spot, a deep shadow appears over paradise. I found the end to be a bit unsatisfying though, which kept this from being a great read for me. Definitely a character-driven novel, the story unfolds in spurts and starts. The biggest issue was the fact that the eventual resolution of the mystery is rather anti-climatic compared the build-up.
The Americans are the last ones to see three of the students before they disappear, leaving only their shoes and socks. I typically don't take time to leave reviews because others are better I was not disappointed by the setting at all. And or read this small book? Different characters narrate and each is credible, distinct from the others, and changed by the events of the novel. A disillusioned and raggedy American reporter and his drunken photojournalist partner are the last to see three Japanese schoolgirls who disappear into Taroko Gorge, Taiwan's largest national park. A reporter and his colleague, having been the last to see the girls, offer their help in what appears to be a hopeless rescue effort. Anonymous complaints will be ignored.
Added to the mix are the cultural differences between the Japanese students, the Taiwanese detective, and the American journalists. You have to see Taroko, I said. Nothing in this world really disappears. Pointing at them, Pickett said, Fish? It is highly possible to get nice things in Taiwan, but I think we both wanted a sleazy experience in keeping with the smoggy and crowded Kaohsiung atmosphere. Set in a Taiwan national park of the same name, an American journalist and his photographer have a brief encounter with a trio of Japanese school girls on a junior high class trip.
Was this skillful means, these statues, or was it skillful means to package Buddhism to Americans as some pragmatic philosophy? Three Japanese school girls go missing in the park. Or is there a sinister human lurking about who had a hand in their disappearance? Unable to search in the dark, the Americans, the teacher and four school children remain on site, staying in the visitor centre. At the same time, the teen obsession has a different character to it than if these were American teens. This lends an immediacy to the plot and also increases the psychological tension — are each of these narrators reliable? By trapping the teens and journalists in the park, Ritari sets up a traditional country-house plot, but his unique setting and unusual characters make it far different from your average cozy. Later, we wonder if the accusers are responsible for how the innocent react. The conflict and suspicions raised are believable and the tension seemed accurate, given the history between the two countries. Many narrators then deal with the unfolding events in their own ways, each questioning their own roles in leading the girls to their mysterious disappearance.
Ritari has created a brilliant debut book which is an exceptionally well written, intellectual mystery intertwining various cultures and the delightful undertones of philosophy. Americans journalist and drunk photographer take a tour of Taroko Gorge. The setting is Taiwan's Taroko Gorge, a tourist attraction within one of that island-country's national parks. The characters were usually believable and that is important to me. I've wanted more mystery thriller books written about these girls - in and around this park. Ritari spent time studying with a Buddhist organization in Taiwan; he also immersed himself in the Japanese language and literature. The Americans are the last ones to see three of the students before they disappear, leaving only their shoes and socks.
He scratched his head as he looked at us, and more slow communication followed. It's a page-turning mystery that's actually about a whole mess of interesting ideas. Then you grow up, and you start disbelieving for other reasons. By using narrators from such varying backgrounds, Ritari was able to create a book that encompasses many questions about different cultures, religions, and philosophies. The world and its dangers both natural and interpersonal are real, changing, and violently pressing. The writing isn't perfect but I like Ritari's style.
She is just not a complex character. Although we learn a truth about the incident, Ritari leaves us on our own to ponder the future of the main characters. I've lived in Taiwan for 13+ years and Taroko Gorge is one of my favorite spots on the island. From the jaded American journalist to the high school leader, to the teen girl who just wants to find a boyfriend to the detective who has seen it all - each provides their own insight to the scene. Interesting read, several typing mistakes I found reading this book.
The world and its dangers--both natural and interpersonal--are real, changing, and violently pressing. The last known people to speak to the girls are two Americans, Peter Neils and Josh Pickett. Taroko Gorge focuses on the unfolding drama of three Japanese school girls going missing in a Taiwanese national park. The beauty lies in the words, in the realizations and truths that each character comes to understand. Many narrators then deal with the unfolding events in their own ways, each questioning their own roles in leading the girls to their mysterious disappearance. This review was written for. And it was more a sentiment than an expression of fact: if China were to invade I doubt the Taiwanese would be dumb enough to put up a fight, no matter how seriously they take their army.
The four narrators are each flawed but lend their own perspectives to While much Taroko Gorge is about the disappearance of the girls, this is as much a novel about the individual narrators and their reliability, their motivations and their secrets. This is an interesting first novel and Jacob Ritari has placed himself on my map as a young writer I will be watching for more from in the future. That is about it for the plot. The last two people to see them are a disillusioned American journalist and his drunken photographer. When three Japanese students fifteen-year-old girls who are in Taiwan on a school trip suddenly disappear, the number of suspects is rather limited - and the finger-pointing soon begins. She looked young no interest in fifteen-year-old girls? Told through the eyes of four narrators, the reader is left to fill in the blanks of their stories. I love to read books that teach me something I didn't know, as well.