By Gretel Ehrlich
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A passionate pupil of eastern poetry, theater, and paintings for far of her existence, Gretel Ehrlich felt forced to come to the earthquake-and-tsunami-devastated Tohoku coast to endure witness, hearken to survivors, and event their terror and excitement in villages and cities the place all protect and wish appeared misplaced. In an eloquent narrative that blends powerful reportage, poetic remark, and deeply felt mirrored image, she takes us into the upside-down global of northeastern Japan, the place not anything is sure and the place the bounds among residing and loss of life were erased through water.
The tales of rice farmers, clergymen, and wanderers; of fishermen who drove their boats up the steep wall of the wave; and of an eighty-four-year-old geisha who survived the tsunami at hand down a tune that in simple terms she nonetheless remembered are either harrowing and inspirational. dealing with dying, dealing with existence, and coming to phrases with impermanence are both compelling in a panorama of surreal desolation, because the ghostly specter of Fukushima Daiichi, the nuclear energy advanced, spews radiation into the sea and air. Facing the Wave is a testomony to the buoyancy, spirit, humor, and strong-mindedness of these who needs to locate their approach in a abruptly shattered world.