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Good Butterfly's Child Author Angela Davis-Gardner is a Books Angela Davis-Gardner Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Butterfly's Child book, this is one of the most wanted Angela Davis-Gardner author readers around the world. . When three year old Benji is plucked from the security of his home in Nagasaki to live with his American father, Lt Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, and stepmother, Kate, on their farm in Illinois, the family conceals Benji s true identity as a child born from a liaison between an officer and a geisha, and instead tells everyone that he is an orphan.Frank struggles to keep thWhen three year old Benji is plucked from the security of his home in Nagasaki to live with his American father, Lt Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, and stepmother, Kate, on their farm in Illinois, the family conceals Benji s true identity as a child born from a liaison between an officer and a geisha, and instead tells everyone that he is an orphan.Frank struggles to keep the farm going while coping with his guilt and longing for the deceased Butterfly Deeply devout Kate is torn between her Christian principles and her resentment of raising another woman s child And Benji s life as an outcast neither fully American nor fully Japanese forces him to forge an identity far from the life he has known.When the truth about Benji surfaces, it will splinter this family s fragile dynamic, sending repercussions spiraling through their close knit rural community and sending Benji on the journey of a lifetime from Illinois to the Japanese settlements in Denver and San Francisco, then across the ocean to Nagasaki, where he will uncover the truth about his mother s tragic death.A sweeping portrait of a changing American landscape at the end of the nineteenth century, and of a Japanese culture irrevocably altered by foreign influence, Butterfly s Child explores people in transition from old worlds to new customs, heart s desires to vivid realities in an epic tale that plays out as both a conclusion to and an inspiration for one of the most famous love stories ever told.. The best Books Butterfly's Child So good! Until the ending. I'm so craving a sequel!

  1. Angela Davis-Gardner Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Butterfly's Child book, this is one of the most wanted Angela Davis-Gardner author readers around the world.

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  1. Butterfly s Child is a first for me It is a novel that continues an opera The opera is Puccini s Madama Butterfly and the novel is the What If story of her son Most of us have absorbed the basic unhappy love story of Madama Butterfly through pop culture osmosis without ever having seen any production In the early 20th century a beautiful Geisha named enters a marriage contract with an American navel officer, Lieutenant Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton The Geisha falls deeply in love with her husband [...]


  2. From the synopsis When three year old Benji is plucked from the security of his home in Nagasaki to live with his American father, Lt Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, and stepmother, Kate, on their farm in Illinois, the family conceals Benji s true identity as a child born from a liaison between an officer and a geisha, and instead tells everyone that he is an orphan.Frank struggles to keep the farm going while coping with his guilt and longing for the deceased Butterfly Deeply devout Kate is torn b [...]


  3. I am not an opera fan and did not know the story of Madam Butterfly but you don t need to in order to understand the book The plot is told and I am sure I got out of the quick synopsis than I would have by viewing the opera Benji is a product of a naval seaman s affair with a geisha When he returns with his American wife, the geisha arranges the events of her suicide that leave Benji s dad and his wife with no alternative but to take the boy back to America as an unfortunate orphan to raise The [...]


  4. Butterfly s Child, an exquisite book, beautifully written, satisfied me as a writer, a voracious reader, and an opera nut The first time around I read this novel as fast as I could, pulled through it by the fascinating plot Then I read it again to enjoy the writing and study the technique.I first saw Madame Butterfly in 1984, and was even then intrigued and curious about what happened to Trouble or Sorrow, depending on the translation , the little boy who was left behind when Cio Cio San committ [...]


  5. This is a masterpiece Angela Davis Gardner s story of what happens after the last aria of Madame Butterfly is poignant and beautifully crafted As a reader, I felt I d traveled through time to meet and observe these characters whom Puccini named and compelled to sing, but whom Davis Gardner brings to life in ways that surprise and satisfy.Of all the assessments I ve read to date, I think the writer for Kirkus Reviews said it best In its way, Butterfly s Child holds its own alongside the modern We [...]


  6. This book was and was not what I expected but it will pull you into the story with it s well drawn characters and fast paced storyline.This is a story which I thought initially was based on a single lie being told This lie affected the lives of the characters to differing degrees, some in a seemingly horrific way The lies come back again and again to destroy the relationships and lives of the characters.Frank Pinkerton tells the first lie when he promises to return to Butterfly His intention was [...]


  7. Recently I ve been dealing with a lot of stress and tragedy in my personal life, so a book with a tragic central premise would not have been my first pick Frankly, if I didn t have to review this one, I probably wouldn t have picked it up and I would have lost out on a truly moving, deliciously sad read.Inspired by Puccini s opera, Madame Butterfly, the story is set in the late 1890s and follows Benji, a half Japanese, half American boy born to a Nagasaki geisha, Cio Cio He s adopted at age five [...]


  8. MADAMA BUTTERFLY is a passionate, deeply moving opera For years, though, I only admired the music without ever getting caught up in the drama, because I found Butterfly such a fool and Pinkerton, her American husband, such a cad Perhaps age softened my harsh judgement because now the opera touches me deeply So when I read a very positive review of this book in an issue of OPERA NEWS, I was quite intrigued Unfortunately, I found this book a major disappointment Time showed me that in the opera, B [...]


  9. Butterfly s Child is a novel full of family drama that illustrates clearly what happens when secrets are hidden and lies are told I have not read anything else from Davis Gardner, but I found the writing style in this novel somewhat flat Though I could see what was happening most of the time, I was left feeling unsatisfied.I found the characters predictable and boring Benji follows a path that I anticipated early on, so it was no surprise to me when he ran away from home to try to find out about [...]


  10. As an opera nut and a particular fan of Puccini s Madama Butterfly, I cannot separate my long immersion in the opera s plot from my enjoyment and appreciation of Davis Gardner s imaginative take on what might have happened to Butterfly s son, Benji, after he was taken to America by his father However, I think the novel works as a stand alone story, as Davis Gardner supplies enough of the opera s plot to fill in for those who don t know it I think anyone who has been uprooted from familiar surrou [...]


  11. Interesting take on the story from Puccini s opera Madame Butterfly I was drawn in enough to stay up until 2 00 a.m to finish the book in a single day My heart broke for Benji, the little boy who didn t really fit in either world, and for Kate, who worked so hard to love Benji and take care of him but suffered so much from the daily reminder of her husband s love for another woman.Not going to spoil the ending, but I was surprised by how Ms Davis Gardner incorporated the opera into the story and [...]


  12. I really enjoyed this I read it in less than two days It s the first piece of fiction I ve read in quite a while, and was a good way to get back into the genre The story begins where the opera Madame Butterfly left off after the ritual suicide of Cio Cio, the butterfly of the opera, her son Benji is taken back to the United States by his American father, Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, the sailor who broke Cio Cio s heart, and Kate, Franklin s new wife The beautiful writing is almost unbearable to [...]


  13. Inspired by Puccini s Madame Butterfly, this novel tells the story of Butterfly s child who is suddenly wrenched from his mother at the end of the opera What will happen to this small orphan, tragically bereft of the only parent he knows Told from a variety of viewpoints, the reader sees the rippliing effect of choices observes truth so frequently is not as it appears is reminded that love entwined with forgiveness is still the greatest of these.Butterfly s Child is a story of journeys in miles [...]


  14. I just finished Butterfly s Child.I was surprised to discover that this book is the continuation of the story of Madame Butterfly.I found the first 100 pages of the book difficult, not because they weren t written well, because they were, but because I didn t like any of the characters and that included the unfortunate little boy I understand his life was turned on its head, but I felt to pity for him after a certain point Then toward the 100th page I did and that s when the book picked up It s [...]


  15. Interesting premise, taking the story of the opera Madam Butterfly and imagining what might have happened after that well known story ends Not a bad story, but the prose is a bit stilted and the ending was abrupt, almost as if the author had to hurry to meet a publishing deadline The characters are realistic, sympathetic, and well developed, but the story line gets bogged down in melodrama and the big reveal in the end is really over the top.Not sure I d bother to check out any other titles by t [...]


  16. Not very often do I not finish a book but there was no point in wasting any time on this one.The entire story was very sad All the characters were unlikable Should I have felt sorry for Benji Because I didn t The author didn t even make him likeable The writing was very choppy It was crude and repulsive.Disappointed.


  17. They had me with the premise what happened to Butterfly and Pinkerton s child after he moved back to the US and then they lost me with destroying the fourth wall by Pinkerton finding out about some opera that a Mr Puccini wrote about him A book with this interesting a hypothesis should never make you yell, Oh, come ON about halfway through.


  18. Won an advanced copy from FirstReads Wish I could give this one 3.5 stars The first half was absolutely wonderful and then it seemed to drag on a bit Didn t like the Benji on the run part Did not see the ending coming Overall, I enjoyed the book


  19. It was dull and too slow for me and it only kept on going downhill There were moments where I felt that there was an incorrect portrayal of Japanese culture.


  20. This is a good story But it s a story I ve read some of the other reviews that seemed pretty critical but I think perhaps this genre wasn t there cup of tea Anyhoo, kept me interested and I was able to finish pretty quickly It touches on a couple topics that I think are still relevant today Growing up biracial and trying to find your place in society Benji struggles with being a blonde Japanese American boy in the early 1900s His story isn t too far off from current world views It also briefly a [...]


  21. I liked Butterfly s Child by Angela Dais Gardner The author did an okay job of character plot development, however there were several loose ends the ending was not satisfying The author lead you down a path that you assume Benji is going to take, but you don t know how the other characters will react The author may be planning on making this into a series and weaving everything together.I would recommend this book to readers who like the opera Madam Butterfly, stories about Japan and mixed herit [...]


  22. A story starting where an opera left off, what a novel idea I enjoyed that intricacies of Benji s character in the first half, and the slow but steady decay of the Pinkerton household as the inescapable truth of Benji s parentage seeps into their day to day lives.I found the last third or so of the book rushed, with less character development, say of Rinn, or Benji s mother All that notwithstanding, this was an altogether captivating story for me.


  23. I went back and forth on this book I thought the story was very compelling and it was well written But it broke one of my rules about drawing on another s work, by tampering with the original source material This pulled me out of the story and I could never fully dive back in Nevertheless, I did find myself invested in the outcome.


  24. Interesting storyI read this for my book club I found the story engaging and the characters interesting The main characters for most of the book are tormented with loss and longing There are many what ifs that seem to haunt them The ending did bug me, so I couldn t give it 5 stars, but it was definitely well written.



  25. I couldn t put this book down The story behind the opera Madame Butterfly A Japanese boy struggles to find his way back to Japan after being adopted by his American father and raised on a farm.




  26. I thought it was interesting and a bit eerie that this book came in the mail the same day that the earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan Although I was already curious about the book since it is the continuation of Madame Butterfly which I admit, I ve never seen , I think the timing made it interesting Especially since it would be at a time when there was not so much earthly destruction Therefore, I admit the recent events may have colored my reading of this story.You do not have to have read [...]


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