Cage on the Sea by Kaoru Ohno

By Kaoru Ohno

In overdue 1944, 3 eastern army provide ships close to the tiny South Pacific island of Anatahan got here lower than American air assault. The ships have been sunk and their crews left stranded at the island. The survivors. ignorant that the struggle was once lengthy over, have been forgotten till 1950, while the americans begun making critical rescue makes an attempt. within the Fifties, the tale of the Anatahan holdouts grew to become the foundation for a number of movies, books, and lurid yellow journalism. Why? as the Anatahan tale comprises an fascinating twist within the kind of a lone woman---Kazuko Higa---among the handfuls of army survivors. Inspiring rivalries, fights, or even homicide, it was once her presence that made the holdouts reluctant to move domestic.

Cage at the Sea is a unique in accordance with painstaking study via writer Kaoru Ohno, a journalist and nonfiction writer. It is going way past stereotypes to discover the psychology of either victors and the vanquished.

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In the NY hotel rm (they turn up again in Angst)—what good’s writing? ’’ Forgotten underlined three times, as if forgotten by three forgettings. To which add today the forgetting that followed upon these notes, interrupted for the time being by the finding of the ................. 16582$ $CH3 10-11-07 15:26:56 PS PAGE 35 post-it. Is this the fourth forgetting? How many forgettings does it take to forget, then to forget, then to forget about the forgetting? I remember the forgotten roses very well, backs straight him sprawled on the couch in room 91 them erect upright legs bunched together in the hotel vase saying we’ve been waiting for you red long-stemmed, showy, stout, vigorous roses, in the room I don’t see them as they are but for what they meant.

It was only many years later I noticed the Detail that gives us access to ‘‘The Metamorphosis’’ (‘‘Die Verwandlung’’) though it is perfectly obvious in the entryway where it vegetates and stinks, the eternal cadaver posted as a warning to the reader. But as it doesn’t call out or moan or squeak the avid visitor sweeps indifferently past the prophetic vignette and throws himself into the front room from which he doesn’t emerge alive. If only you’d read the warning Nothing wouldn’t have happened.

I wept. I should have taken out the lens. 27 the eye-patch ................. 16582$ $CH2 10-11-07 15:26:55 PS PAGE 27 * * * This whole story turns on an eye, now one of the eyes of one character, now one of the eyes of the other. This comment is totally extraneous to the story’s events. It belongs to the Tale. To the Tale, that is, version 2000. Before this date a thin sheet of soundproof glass slipped itself between the story’s events and the Tale. So long as I wore a contact lens (that is, one lens) I couldn’t tell.

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