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When I Whistle

Endo, Shusaku

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ISBN 10: 0720614376 / ISBN 13: 9780720614374
Published by Peter Owen Publishers
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Fine. Paperback. 2012. Originally published at $16.95. Bookseller Inventory # W87522

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Title: When I Whistle

Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Used - Like New

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One of Endo's most unusual and powerful novels is set largely in a modern hospital, with themes and scenes that eerily seem to predate Never Let Me Go A jaded businessman has a chance encounter with the doctor son of his best friend at school, Ozu, and memories are stirred of a former love interest of Ozu's, Aiko. The son of his friend proves to be contemptuous of the outmoded values of his father's world and ruthless in pursuit of success at his hospital. The story reaches a terrible climax when Aiko, now a middle-aged cancer-sufferer, is admitted to the hospital and Ozu leads the way in experimenting on her with dangerous drugs. 

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'When I Whistle' is a rich and absorbing novel set in two worlds- the world of pre-War Japan and the contemporary one of a big hospital with its professional rivalries. Ozu, a middle-aged businessman, has a chance encounter which brings back haunting memories. As Ozu recaptures the past, the reader is caught in the spell of a simpler and more humane time. In perfect couterpoint the story unfolds as Ozu relives the past while his son Eichi, a young house surgeon, pursues his ambitious and materialistic machinations to unseat his rivals. Gradually, the past and the present converge in a powerful and moving climax.

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