On Parole

On Parole

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A man murders his wife, wounds her lover, and sets the lover's home-with the lover's mother in it-on fire. Sixteen years later, 50-year-old Shiro Kikutani, a former high-school teacher serving a life sentence for this crime, is released. In jail, he had thought of nothing but freedom. His release, however, creates a series of obstacles for which he is not prepared. While he continually examines his conscience, he feels no remorse. On parole, he slowly begins to lead a normal life, and that life seems livable, until his new wife pressures him to express remorse he does not feel. Once again, Yoshimura has written a finely detailed, subtle, powerful story that explores the fragile life of a murderer and the quality of freedom in an unforgiving society.
Publisher: New York : Harcourt, c1999.
ISBN: 9780151002702
Branch Call Number: FICTION Yoshimur Akira 1999
Characteristics: 244 p. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Snyder, Stephen
Alternative Title: Karishakuhō


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Aug 28, 2010

This is a sensitive study into the affects of a murderer being introduced back into society and the challenges that the well meaning people around him face. Hopefully, our society and Japan's has advanced beyond the naive approaches described in this book.

I enjoyed this book very much.


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