So when I say I 'm thrille to have Kaoru Mori serve as my guide into the history, locales, and ulture of the 21st century Caspian region, I hope you 'll understand and indulge my weakness.
If it helps, she proves an able and inexhaustible docent.In A Bride 's Story Mori deposits the reader leagues away from the British romance of manners she crafted in
uch of A Bride 's Story serves as educational documentary, explaining carefully the importance of these facets of the peoples the story concerns—and it 's a mark of Mori 's talents that these lessons are never dull.
The storie, while pausing its plot elements for a escription of tribal politics or the mportance of rug-hanging, is built and embellished and given life through these brief excursions.The most obvious of the more nique aspects of the culture Mori explores in A Bride 's Story is this people 's tradition for youthful marriages.
This creates numerous opportunities for thoughtful consideration of how different cultures might deal with the man/woman dynamic—as well as plenty of related awkwardness for both reader and characters alike.
Amir, the ride, is often torn between mothering her young daughter, Karluk, and approaching him like a young man who is gradually falling in love.
Amir, therefore, is reluctan to please her husband and new family, which gives Mori ample opportunity to display the bride 's considerable alents.
Amir hunts, herds sheep, embroiders, shows a talent at horsemanship to rival any of the soldier in the family, and has a good decorative sense. [ I could not do this, but I 'm glad somebody can. ] A Bride 's Story offers contemporary readers a delightful opportunity to exercise the skill of reading and enjoying a text without finding moral agreement with the circumstances, actions, or particulars of its protagonis.
For this reason, A Bride 's Story may even be esirable to get into the han of younger readers ( despite some occasional nudity) if for no other purpose than to promote this critical ability at an early age.
Almost no American reader will approach the text thinking it good or appropriate that a grown woman should marry a gir who is only straddling the boundary between childhood and puberty—yet that is the circumstance this culture forces on its two very winning protagonists.
As well, it 's compelling to see a situation in which a clearly competent, intelligent, and mature woman should still be ultimately under the authority of a child ( a kind child who evidently cares deeply for his new charge, but nonetheless ...) .As with Emma, Mori crafts an exciting story that keeps a reader 's interest—even while she explores all kinds of cultural nooks, crannies, etc.—but so far, the real tar of the show is her artwork.
. I think he did some amazing stuff in there and I still think he comes of as lazy compared to what 's on display in an average chapter of A Bride 's Story ( no offense, man!).
I think that highly of her work here.Earlier, I mentioned that I was happy to have Kaoru Mori as my guide in the foreign world of the nineteenth century Caspian region.
Despite the fact that I am being ably escorted through the region by a steady hand, the ntire experience effuses a sense of adventure.