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Facing the Wave - A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami-logo

Facing the Wave - A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami

Gretel Ehrlich

**Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)** **Kansas City Star Best Books of the Year (2013)** A passionate student of Japanese poetry, theater, and art for much of her life, Gretel Ehrlich felt compelled to return to the earthquake-and-tsunami-devastated Tohoku coast to bear witness, listen to survivors, and experience their terror and exhilaration in villages and towns where all shelter and hope seemed lost. In an eloquent narrative that blends strong reportage, poetic observation, and deeply felt reflection, she takes us into the upside-down world of northeastern Japan, where nothing is certain and where the boundaries between living and dying have been erased by water. The stories of rice farmers, monks, and wanderers; of fishermen who drove their boats up the steep wall of the wave; and of an eighty-four-year-old geisha who survived the tsunami to hand down a song that only she still remembered are both harrowing and inspirational. Facing death, facing life, and coming to terms with impermanence are equally compelling in a landscape of surreal desolation, as the ghostly specter of Fukushima Daiichi, the nuclear power complex, spews radiation into the ocean and air. Facing the Wave is a testament to the buoyancy, spirit, humor, and strong-mindedness of those who must find their way in a suddenly shattered world. From the Hardcover edition.

**Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)** **Kansas City Star Best Books of the Year (2013)** A passionate student of Japanese poetry, theater, and art for much of her life, Gretel Ehrlich felt compelled to return to the earthquake-and-tsunami-devastated Tohoku coast to bear witness, listen to survivors, and experience their terror and exhilaration in villages and towns where all shelter and hope seemed lost. In an eloquent narrative that blends strong reportage, poetic observation, and deeply felt reflection, she takes us into the upside-down world of northeastern Japan, where nothing is certain and where the boundaries between living and dying have been erased by water. The stories of rice farmers, monks, and wanderers; of fishermen who drove their boats up the steep wall of the wave; and of an eighty-four-year-old geisha who survived the tsunami to hand down a song that only she still remembered are both harrowing and inspirational. Facing death, facing life, and coming to terms with impermanence are equally compelling in a landscape of surreal desolation, as the ghostly specter of Fukushima Daiichi, the nuclear power complex, spews radiation into the ocean and air. Facing the Wave is a testament to the buoyancy, spirit, humor, and strong-mindedness of those who must find their way in a suddenly shattered world. From the Hardcover edition.
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**Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)** **Kansas City Star Best Books of the Year (2013)** A passionate student of Japanese poetry, theater, and art for much of her life, Gretel Ehrlich felt compelled to return to the earthquake-and-tsunami-devastated Tohoku coast to bear witness, listen to survivors, and experience their terror and exhilaration in villages and towns where all shelter and hope seemed lost. In an eloquent narrative that blends strong reportage, poetic observation, and deeply felt reflection, she takes us into the upside-down world of northeastern Japan, where nothing is certain and where the boundaries between living and dying have been erased by water. The stories of rice farmers, monks, and wanderers; of fishermen who drove their boats up the steep wall of the wave; and of an eighty-four-year-old geisha who survived the tsunami to hand down a song that only she still remembered are both harrowing and inspirational. Facing death, facing life, and coming to terms with impermanence are equally compelling in a landscape of surreal desolation, as the ghostly specter of Fukushima Daiichi, the nuclear power complex, spews radiation into the ocean and air. Facing the Wave is a testament to the buoyancy, spirit, humor, and strong-mindedness of those who must find their way in a suddenly shattered world. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sumalee Montano

Length:

6h 12m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:13


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:21


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:33


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:27


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:33


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:42


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:38


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:26


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:57


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:19


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:10


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:56


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:42


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:12


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:12


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:22


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:26


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:38


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

01:16


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:09


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:35


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:41


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:50


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:52


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:17


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:11


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:50


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:34


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:51


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:21


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

00:50


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:27


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

09:28


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:18


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:06


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:04


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:22


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:54


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:09


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:17


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

01:31


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:54


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:47


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:01


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:57


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:06


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

00:27