Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Mishima, Yukio.
New York : Vintage Books, 1994
ISBN 0679752684
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In a rural Japanese fishing village, poor, noble Shinji and wealthy, beautiful Hatsue fall in to a sweet first love with each other.  However, their tender relationship is threatened by two huge obstacles.  First, their parents, according to tradition, have already arranged for each of them to marry others.  Second, jealous and scornful villagers hurt and shame the couple with gossip.  (Davinna Artibey, Denver Center for International Studies, Denver Public Schools, CO)
SUBJECTS:     Gossip -- Fiction.
                        Japan -- Fiction.
                        Love stories.
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