Book 1 of 2 by Rin Chupeco
At first, I didn't think I'd like this. With the death of the first person, all I could see was The Ring. I thought, "Oh great- something else that's unoriginal!" But I was wrong! The story- without giving away the plot of the movie - stems from original Japanese history! Though The Ring came out first, The Girl From the Well, written by Rin Chupeco, is an original tale and very, very good!
The Girl From the Well is written with amazing clarity. From various characters of importance, you understand why they feel the way they do; you see where the pain derives and you form an attachment that is normally lost with other books. I found I didn't dislike any one person at all. Instead I became empathetic - even for the ones bringing on some of the pain!
Rin Chupeco gave this book, the first of two books, a ghostly meaning that lends understanding to Japanese ghosts (though Chupeco is from the Philippines) and how the stories never seem to end. The Girl From the Well, a story originated from Japan's Himeji Castle, is a sad tale. I actually got to see the well when I lived in Iwakuni with my family. We visited many castles and discovered many stories that could make your skin crawl. This book doesn't make you frightened, but you can see it so much more clearly, thanks to the base of which this is shared- and movies!
Check out The Girl From the Well, while I move on to the next read!
The Girl From the Well
Sourcebooks Fire, August 2014
Teen & Young Adult, Fantasy, Japanese Folklore, Fantasy
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