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佐賀のがばいばあちゃん (Saga no Gabai Baachan)

Author: 島田洋七

Summary

Japanese

昭和三十三年、広島から佐賀の田舎に預けられた八歳の昭広。そこでは厳しい戦後を七人の子供を抱えて生き抜いたがばい(すごい)祖母との貧乏生活が待っていた。しかし家にはいつも笑いが溢れ…。黒柳徹子、ビートたけしも感動した超話題作。
(Source: Bookwalker)

English

In 1958, the 8-year-old Akihiro moves from Hiroshima to the Saga prefecture countryside. A poor life with his grandma and other family members awaits him. But there is always laughter…

Availability

Amazon
Bookwalker

Personal Opinion

In 2019, @KazeTachinu read this book and reviewed:

That’s enough for me :slight_smile:

Pros and Cons for the Book Club

Pros

  • Pretty short at 237 pages (in paperback) but Bookwalker reports only 174 pages, so I guess there is a little bit less text per page compared to normal books.
  • Sounds like an interesting slice-of-life story that shows us a bit of Japan in former times, and in the countryside

Cons

  • The story is set in Saga (Kyuushuu) and so there is a chance of Grandma and others having a thick dialect. - Maybe @KazeTachinu can shed some light on this?

Pictures

First Three Pages of Chapter One

Additional Pages

Start of chapter 2:

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