Sunday, January 17, 2010

Be With You

Be With You
By Takuji Ichikawa
Translated from the Japanese by Terry Gallagher
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Published: 2008
ISBN-13: 9781421513935
300 pages

“Soon I won’t be with you any longer, but when the rainy season returns, I will come back and see how the two of you are getting along.” – p.27

Be With You has a quiet, sentimental value to it. It is a touching story about a husband and wife and a little boy. Mio (wife) had died but when she returns home a year later, Takkun (husband) and Yuji (son) are shocked. Takkun recalls Mio’s words (see quote above) before her death. He re-tells the story of their life to Mio, because she has lost her memory when she returns as a ghost, but looking every bit a human. They fall in love all over again; a heartbreaking story of a couple’s second chance at first love.

This is love.
I am in love.

I am in love with my wife’s ghost.

Fantastic.
(p. 89)

Note: This is a (way overdue) 100-word book review. I must admit when I first picked up the book, I was attracted to its spine—the green horizontal lines and title in white against the pink background—and then its cover. I gave it to my sister for her birthday but later borrowed it, because I couldn't get the book out of my head. I had to read it.

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