This month’s theme is Oriental and so the book is a translated novel by a Korean author. One of my re solutions this year is to read books by authors of different backgrounds so I was very excited to open this one!
Fukuoka Prison, 1944. Beyond the prison walls the war rages; inside a man is found brutally murdered.
Yuichi Watanabe, a young guard with a passion for reading, is ordered to investigate. The victim, Sugiyama – also a guard – was feared and despised throughout the prison and inquiries have barely begun when a powerful inmate confesses. But Watanabe is unconvinced; and as he interrogates both the suspect and Yun Dong-ju, a talented Korean poet, he begins to realise that the fearsome guard was not all he appeared to be . . .
As Watanabe unravels Sugiyama’s final months, he begins to discover what is really going on inside this dark and violent institution, which few inmates survive: a man who will stop at nothing to dig his way to freedom; a governor whose greed knows no limits; a little girl whose kite finds her an unlikely friend. And Yun Dong-ju – the poet whose works hold such beauty they can break the hardest of hearts.
I read a blog post as soon as I opened my box written by the author about his inspiration for the book. Yun Dong-ju was a real poet and the concept of writing a fictionalised version of a real person is one I really enjoy.
As usual the tea is matched perfectly. I enjoyed my first cup during my bath today and it was delicious and soothed my aching throat!