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Somewhere in Japan's back country, Mitsuo Wada, a young farmer, is suffering. His father has separated from his mother and left the house to be with a barmaid. Greedy land developers want to buy out his remaining land, a hothouse where he grows tomatoes for sale. A housewife from a nearby new apartment complex seduces him, only to be revealed that she was married...
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One fine day, he does an arranged marriage meeting and meets Ayako, who becomes his life's love. With her help, he will enjoy the fruits of his work more and stand tall against the city-minded townspeople who want him to abandon farming and become a "regular guy."

Wahei Tatematsu, the author, is known in Japan for his social activism and defense of the environment, and this book is a very good way of explaining how modern ways can have harmful consequences not only on the natural, but also on the human, environment. Objective (Mitsuo's determination and grit) and very sexy (in the Mitsuo-Ayako scenes). I recommend it.
The review of this Book prepared by Sergio Mendoza

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   seduction (yum!) Life of a profession:    -   farmer Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Japanese Poverty, surviving    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   farm poverty Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   farmer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Japanese


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Japan Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm    -   lot of descript of crop raising Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Boob talk!    -   Vagia talk!    -   Weiner talk! Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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