Loneliness is an unpleasant feeling in which a person feels a strong sense of emptiness resulting to being sad and alone. In this case, this book is based about loneliness and adventure. There is one main character, named Stephen-san. He is ill with tuberculosis. His family sent him to Tarumi to recover from his illness and to get better. While on his stay In Tarumi, he meets some new people there. He is being watched and taken cared of by Matsu, Stephen’s grandfather’s keeper. He stays in the beach house, once owned by his grandfather. The story is based in Japan, during the 2nd Sino-Japanese War. It was a military conflict between Japan and China.
Stephen-san a young adult is his 20’s is severely sick wish tuberculosis. He lives in Kobe with his mom and sister (Pie). His dad is on a business trip in Hong Kong, therefore he cannot be there to support him. Although he does come visit once in a while. His sister was doing community service and aiding, taking her time to help the elderly in pain. Her mom thinks she is in the mall with her friends hanging around. Stephen-san gets sent to Tarumi to his grandfather’s beach house to recover from the illness. There he is being taken care of by Matsu, his grandfather’s servant. Stephen-san becomes lonely there, his hobbies were to paint drawing of the beach, and help Matsu in the garden. When it was warm and sunny he would go out to the beach. He would meet up with a girl named Keiko, he met her at the beach one day, and since then they have become friends. He sends letters to his family and as well to his friends, his dad sends him magazines for him to read. His dad visits him once in a while. Stephen-san is afraid of his body, he is very skinny. In Tarumi he has been trying to eat more and get in shape, by the time he leaves, he gets much more stronger and less skinnier.
“I felt a sinking feeling in my empty stomach,” pg.82 -Stephen
Matsu is a very brave man, and is...
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