Across The Nightingale Floor Summary

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Across the Nightingale Floor.
Written by Lian Hearn.

Lian Hearn was born in England and immigrated to Australia in 1973. Lian Hearn is a pseudonym which means that she used a different name to publish her book. She chose the name Lian Hearn because Lian has been a family nickname for her and Hearn because it is Japanese for Heron which is a key symbol in her books. She is a rather famous author and the books that made her famous where the “Tales of Otori series.

Lians Hearns novel “Across the Nightingale Floor” is written in the first person for half of the story with one character and in the third person for the other character of the story. The book has two sides of the story and the first is told by a young boy named Takeo. The Story takes place in the beautiful country side of a land called the three countries. Takeo is exploring in the woods one day and when he returns to his village to find it up in flames but no-one seems to be around. He wanders around to find his uncle dead in the temple at the feet of Iida the Tohan lord. Iida sees Takeo and tries to kill him but instead Takeo manages to knock him off of his horse and to escape into the forest. There he runs into a man named Lord Shigeru who
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An example of a symbol in this novel is a crane, on page 184. “I thought fleetingly of the first time id crossed the bridge at Hagi, I saw a drowned heron floating in the water, its grey and white feathers waterlogged, all its gracefulness crumpled and broken. The sight of it chilled me. I thought it a terrible omen.” I’m not quite sure of the full meaning of this paragraph but I think that it is trying to symbolise what is going to happen at the end of the book. It is saying that the heron is lord Shigeru and even though he is a graceful and respected man his time is going to come to an end, and that is why Takeo had a bad omen about

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