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  1. says:

    Having been asked by the author to review his book I really wanted to like it Unfortunately I had some issues with itTo begin with there was Hancu's use of language I don't know what his background is but based on this book I'm guessing that English is not his first language There was little that was straight up bad grammar but there was a lot of unorthodox use of English Mostly little things like over use of definite articles and some odd structures Things like compact the houses were and Are you doing it for a long time now? but enough to be noticeable For me anyway Understand that I'm coming from the perspective of a language professional who specializes in translation and editing As a result I found it very distracting Especially given that the story itself draws attention to language use by having one character freuently correct another's use of EnglishAnd also unfortunately I didn't find the story compelling enough to ignore andor forgive the non standard English It takes the first third of the book for the lovers to be reunited after a chance encounter at a train station and while we did get some decent character building and backstory during this period it was kind of dull and I just wanted things to get movingThe middle third of the book is devoted to building their relationship I get why Hancu wanted to focus on that aspect for a while so we'd appreciate the relationship and find their devotion to each other believable a modern criticism of Romeo Juliet is that the whole story takes less than a week and it's hard to believe that that's enough time to develop a relationship worth dying for However again there just wasn't really a whole lot going on during this section We start to understand that Hiroko's father is going to be a problem but all he really does at this point is send a minion to make them uncomfortable Again I found myself just waiting for something to happenview spoilerThings finally picked up in the final third of the book Hiroko's father comes up with this sort of cultural exchange plan ostensibly to help the lovers get better acuainted with each other's family and culture but really to try and keep them apart During this separation Hiroko ends up getting abducted by a polygamous cult and Simon ends up getting incarcerated underground by a terrorist cell The blurb above makes it sound like perhaps those events were part of Dad's plan but I didn't really get that from the book It wasn't really clear exactly how or why Hiroko ended up with the cult or what if anything Simon's parents had to do with that And if her father had an issue with her relationship with an American dude I certainly don't think he'd support her effectively becoming a captive concubine of another American so I don't think I buy this as being part of his plan And given that the terrorists who held Simon were not really related to Dad's business and ended up killing him anyway I don't really see him being entirely in control of what happened to Simon either There were really just too many unanswered uestions and loose ends to leave me feeling particularly satisfied by the end If this section had made up a larger proportion of the book maybe it wouldn't have felt so rushed and maybe some of the uestions could have been answered better Instead we get this whirlwind of action and then they both dieNo really It's pretty much that abrupt which I found very jarring I liked Simon and Hiroko once I got over how super creepy I found his attempts to get her whole name and contact info off her luggage tag at that first meeting but I was left pretty cold by their deaths maybe because I just didn't get enough time to process them I will say though that my feminist self did enjoy the fact that Hiroko effectively rescued herself and then proceeded to fly home and almost rescue Simon hide spoiler


  2. says:

    Regrettably I'm unable to finish this book The story has a lot of potential and so does the author but the current version is unreadable It very much needs a professional editor There are some nice sentences with good visuals here and there but mostly the writing is messy difficult and tiring to read as if written by someone whose first language isn't English The dialogue is too straight forward and unnatural There is too much internalized sexism for me to enjoy what I'm reading The reason why the protagonist Simon goes to Japan to be a photographer for a company doesn't feel realistic as much as it feels like a weak excuse Were there really no other good photographers already in Japan? Would a company in the 1990s really go through the trouble of bringing over a foreign worker after the economic collapse? Simon's lack of flaws is unsettling His photography work is somehow unbelievably amazing and loved by all except his caricature parents the angry dad who doesn't understand and the doting mother who doesn't listen He also seems to find his way around Japan without any problem despite the fact that it's his first time there Despite studying Japanese for 18 months he still uses English and has no trouble communicating in English with every Japanese he encounters which is strange and unrealistic His only flaw is one that it seems the author didn't intend which is Simon's arrogance He is arrogant in his way of working in his way of describing others and in thinking he understands Japan and its people After we first meet Hiroko she is not described in her own rights as a person but in terms of her attractiveness as if the only description of her that matters is that Simon approves of her looks Hiroko's legs are not too long; her hips are not too narrow When Simon finds out one of his acuaintances studied abroad he internally praises him for being better than the Japanese shmucks that stay in Japan and never learn proper English Simon often makes observations about Japan and then makes misguided conclusions about what it means to be JapaneseAgain this story has a lot of potential but I think it very much needs to be looked at by an experienced editor I wish the author the best I would love to read a final draft I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway and gave an honest review


  3. says:

    I received this book from Goodreads giveaway so I thought I should finish it and leave a nice review However I can't stand it any I mean I can't finish itThe biggest problem is the author's writing style It bothered me and I couldn't concentrate on the story Since I'm not a native English speaker I can't point out what was wrong but I was really annoyed by his EnglishThe second problem is the main character Simon He sometimes mentioned Japanese English pronunciation I have read some novel that was about a relationship between an American guy and a Japanese woman and it also mentioned strange Japanese English pronunciation but the American guy also spoke broken Japanese in that book However Simon speaks only English As long as he doesn't speak Japanese in Japan he shouldn't make a fool of Japanese people speaking English By the way I wonder if the author has been to Japan or researched about Japan before writing this book I don't think many Japanese people can speak English even now So it's unrealistic that Simon can communicate with Japanese people with English in 1990sI wonder what will happen to Simon and Hiroko but it's impossible for me to keep reading it


  4. says:

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewSimon is a professional photographer whose pictures have gotten him noticed internationally and he finds himself in Japan to work on a project taking pictures of the traditional It is on this business trip that Simon first meets Hiroko He's lost struggling to figure out the subway system in a country where he can barely speak the language and Hiroko is the angel who steps in to help him find his wayTheir brief meeting at the train station is just the beginning Simon is enchanted but with only the girl's first name to go on he has little to go on to find her again So he sets up a plan going to the same place every day holding up a sign desperately seeking the girl who has stolen his heart And of course they find each otherBut this is where the story takes it's tragic twist Simon is from a wealthy American family American traditionalists if you can call them that and a family that had family members die during WWII Hiroko's family is no different with her father still hating the country that set the atomic bomb on his As the two star crossed lovers fall deeper in love their families want nothing than to see them torn apart Then Hiroko's father comes up with a plan Let the lovers spend some time in the other culture alone let them experience that hate on their own and see if their love would survive As the two go their separate ways they find out they have a bond that can travel across an ocean but it won't be enoughIn this uniue tribute to the Shakespearean classic Romeo and Juliet Hancu takes the aftermath from one of the worst wars in history and creates two rival families that would rival the Montagues and Capulets without going to any of those re imagined stand bys like rival street gangs Hancu also does a good job of blending the traditional Japanese culture with the less traditional Western one that makes for an interesting contrast The language throughout the novel isn't always smooth though and I'm not sure if this comes from a language difference or a desire to sound literary than needed Sometimes a character's narration sounded unnatural or forced like a Yakuza boss insulting someone by calling them a fuddle head and it was difficult to understand what style Hancu was trying for here The two main conflicts in the plot I don't want to say too much and give away the ending also seemed a little forced and simply there so the plot could come to its planned endingWhile there did seem to be some flaws with some of the characters Simon's parents are as flat as can be and Hiroko's father is not far behind Hancu creates two vibrant main characters with a believable relationship The contrast of traditional and modern culture makes for a uniue background just as vibrant as the two main characters and makes this book a compelling read even if there are sections that slow it down I would have liked to see the secondary characters developed a little but even in the original Romeo and Juliet the side characters leave a lot to be desired in terms of growth and development With a uniue concept that has been executed well make this book one that I would recommend especially to anyone with a love of Japanese culture


  5. says:

    'From ancient grudge break to new mutinyWhere civil blood makes civil hands uncleanFrom forth the fatal loins of these two foesA pair of star cross'd lovers take their life;Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrowsDoth with their death bury their parents' strife'Romeo and Juliet PrologueSimon and Hiroko by Marius Hancu might be read as a modern version of the story of the lovers from Verona Hancu's novel is set in modern Japan Simon is a young American photographer and Hiroko a dancer Hiroko's father a Yakuza boss has never forgotten the end of World War II and cannot approve his daughter's love for an American boy Simon's family doesn't understand his job choices and feel only contempt for Japanese people But Simon and Hiroko love each other and want to overcome all these sufferings will they be able to live their life? Will they succeed in being free from their families' burden? In a climax of suspence grief and incomprehension Hancu tells us a fascinating story about the power of two young people in a world that tries to suffocate one of the driving forces of human life love But hatred is strong as well and Simon and Hiroko will have to fight


  6. says:

    When Simon met Hiroko Yuesa it was mostly loves sweet side She had her traditional dancing and he his photography However her father Kazuhiro Yuesa has someone else in mind for his daughter to marryAnd as hate cuts both ways an ocean proves to small for Kazuhiro to get understanding from Simons family to do whatever it takes to keep the lovers apart Now it is up to Simon and Hiroko to make the families understand there love and committment to each other This story reminded me a litte of Romeo and Juliet but will the couple survive what the Frasers and the Yuasas have in store for them ? Or will they end up like Romeo and Juliet A must read if your looking for a great romancestory I look forward to reading books by this author Marius Hancu


  7. says:

    This book was actually pretty good It was a lot better than what I was expecting it to be This book is about a forbidden love like Romeo and Juliet Simon is a photographer and Hiroko is a dancer Her father finds out about their relationship and tries to end it His parents also disagree with their relationship So the parents of the couple plan to do whatever they can to keep the two lovers apart


  8. says:

    A love story set within different cultures which brings tension and obstacles in believable steps It is a familiar tale and somewhat traditional bringing to mind the classical writings of days gone byIt is well written bringing alive the very real feelings involved in this kind of storyI do not give spoilers but will say that this book gives wonderful insight into richly woven worlds maybe not our ownGood reading


  9. says:

    This book I received through Goodreads First Reads This novel was not what I expected but I was pleasantly surprised The start of the book was an adorable love story but the twist at the end was very dramatic and a bit too much of a coincidence that similar fates happened to both lovers This book was a bit challenging to read because of the author's second language was English but was still comprehensible I really enjoyed this book


  10. says:

    I will not talk about the story this has already been done by the previous reviewers I just want to say that while reading this book I could see vivid images of the characters of the beautiful gardens of Hiroko and her elegant dances of the scary tunnel and I created a very good movie in my mindI strongly believe that this is an A grade material for a movie which offers not only a sweet love story but also lots of suspenseI cannot wait to read books by Marius Hancu; well actually I read the other one he has published which is a beautiful story written in a different genre Very talentedI am impressedI am looking forward to a movie based on Simon and Hiroko Anybody hear me??


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Simon and Hiroko

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Genre LITERARY FICTIONCONTEMPORARYNot so alternative real historyHiroko Yuasa a Japanese traditional dancer sways and turns in one of her dances and Simon Fraser thinks he might not have enough film to capture her He deems himself lucky it has taken him months to find her again in Tokyo after their chance meet at Narita An American architectural photographer on contract in Japan he plans already an exhibition with their work together They take their time in their loveBefore any words of a formal. Regrettably I'm unable to finish this book The story has a lot of potential and so does the author but the current version is unreadable It very much needs a professional editor There are some nice sentences with good visuals here and there but mostly the writing is messy difficult and tiring to read as if written by someone whose first language isn't English The dialogue is too straight forward and unnatural There is too much internalized sexism for me to enjoy what I'm reading The reason why the protagonist Simon goes to Japan to be a photographer for a company doesn't feel realistic as much as it feels like a weak excuse Were there really no other good photographers already in Japan Would a company in the 1990s really go through the trouble of bringing over a foreign worker after the economic collapse Simon's lack of flaws is unsettling His photography work is somehow unbelievably amazing and loved by all except his caricature parents the angry dad who doesn't understand and the doting mother who doesn't listen He also seems to find his way around Japan without any problem despite the fact that it's his first time there Despite studying Japanese for 18 months he still uses English and has no trouble communicating in English with every Japanese he encounters which is strange and unrealistic His only flaw is one that it seems the author didn't intend which is Simon's arrogance He is arrogant in his way of working in his way of describing others and in thinking he understands Japan and its people After we first meet Hiroko she is not described in her own rights as a person but in terms of her attractiveness as if the only description of her that matters is that Simon approves of her looks Hiroko's legs are not too long; her hips are not too narrow When Simon finds out one of his acuaintances studied abroad he internally praises him for being better than the Japanese shmucks that stay in Japan and never learn proper English Simon often makes observations about Japan and then makes misguided conclusions about what it means to be JapaneseAgain this story has a lot of potential but I think it very much needs to be looked at by an experienced editor I wish the author the best I would love to read a final draft I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway and gave an honest review

characters Simon and Hiroko

Proposal are spoken though her father gets wind of their palpable closeness Here is a man thought to have killed with a single Katana slash her mother's lover once Also certifiably known to have risen to be a Japanese Mafia godfather years after pushing the car of a gang of made men into the moat of the Imperial palace A teenager then And Kazuhiro Yuasa has for this misalliance of his daughter only the eyes of a man whose father was a Kamikaze pilot who died by throwing his plane against an Ame. When Simon met Hiroko Yuesa it was mostly loves sweet side She had her traditional dancing and he his photography However her father Kazuhiro Yuesa has someone else in mind for his daughter to marryAnd as hate cuts both ways an ocean proves to small for Kazuhiro to get understanding from Simons family to do whatever it takes to keep the lovers apart Now it is up to Simon and Hiroko to make the families understand there love and committment to each other This story reminded me a litte of Romeo and Juliet but will the couple survive what the Frasers and the Yuasas have in store for them Or will they end up like Romeo and Juliet A must read if your looking for a great romancestory I look forward to reading books by this author Marius Hancu

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Rican warship during WWIIAn ocean proves too small for Kazuhiro to fail to get understanding from Simon's parents to do together whatever it takes to keep the young couple separate And close to the heart history has a huge bearingSimon and Hiroko are not aware of the secret agreement and they decide to visit each the family of the other Their Sakura space of love should help them keep in touch They believe things are going to be OK Only they're not for when evil is started it has a mind of its o. A love story set within different cultures which brings tension and obstacles in believable steps It is a familiar tale and somewhat traditional bringing to mind the classical writings of days gone byIt is well written bringing alive the very real feelings involved in this kind of storyI do not give spoilers but will say that this book gives wonderful insight into richly woven worlds maybe not our ownGood reading

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  • Simon and Hiroko
  • Marius Hancu
  • en
  • 04 August 2017
  • 9781482673258

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