Here’s a bit of something that has practically nothing to do with Kurosawa and more to do with me. If you have found this website useful over the years and have ever wanted to give something back (thank you!), this would be one way to do so.
So, my wife just published her first novel, titled A Walk by the Sea, and we are quite excited about it. Writing the story has been a labour of love for her for many years and I also helped a little with the production aspects, particularly with the print and ebook layouts, the publishing process and the website.
If I had to describe the book in Kurosawa terms, I might say that it has a little bit of Scandal in it as the main character is a painter and it concerns a romantic affair, it’s also got a bit of Kagemusha as it probes questions of identity and does so with some very colourful and very literal brush strokes, and the ending in some ways makes me think of Drunken Angel. There are also a couple of rashomonesque sequences in there.
But it really has nothing at all to do with Kurosawa, so it’s probably better if I just copy-paste the blurb here:
At 68, Meriel is trying to find her artistic voice and to discover things she should have at a much younger age. Her son Philip is struggling with loss, and to this day, he hasn’t come to terms with his mother’s emotional distance. Samuel has taken refuge in a small English seaside town to escape the demons of his past.
Unavoidable encounters and inescapable realizations result in the unfolding of their respective fates and events that will leave them all shattered.
A story about human relationships and the mistakes that make us miserable, but which will, eventually, lead to understanding.
If this sounds like something that you might enjoy reading, or know someone else who could, do consider getting a copy for yourself and/or the people you know. And spread the word and share the website linke with your friends, your social media followers, blogs and other places. The book is available both as a paperback edition and for Kindle ebooks and apps, so you can read it on your computers, phones, tablets and probably even your toaster if it has a screen. And if you do read the book and like it, please leave a review on your local Amazon. That would help so very much.
As a totally independently published novel (it really is just her, and me helping with small things), we are grateful for any help that you can give us in terms of visibility. Also, the more sales there are, the more people start to see it on Amazon, so every little helps. We of course don’t expect the book to become a #1 best seller, and it never was the intention behind writing it, but it will be fun to see where this little adventure takes us, and any help in uncovering the hidden paths available to us would be hugely appreciated.
Thanks for reading this and do check the book’s website (by yours truly)!