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The Commoner - A Novel

John Burnham Schwartz

It is 1959 when Haruko, a young woman of good family, marries the Crown Prince of Japan, the heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne. She is the first nonaristocratic woman to enter the mysterious, almost hermetically sealed, and longest-running monarchy in the world. Met with cruelty and suspicion by the Empress and her minions, Haruko is controlled at every turn. The only interest the court has in Haruko is her ability to produce an heir. After finally giving birth to a son, she suffers a nervous breakdown and loses her voice. However, determined not to be crushed by the imperial bureaucrats, Haruko perseveres. Thirty years later, now Empress herself, she plays a crucial role in persuading another young woman-a rising star in the foreign ministry-to accept the marriage proposal of her son, the Crown Prince. The consequences are tragic and dramatic. Told from Haruko's perspective, meticulously researched, and superbly imagined, THE COMMONER is the mesmerizing, moving, and surprising story of a brutally rarefied and controlled existence at once hidden and exposed, and of a complex relationship between two isolated women who, despite being visible to all, are truly understood only by each other. From the Compact Disc edition.

It is 1959 when Haruko, a young woman of good family, marries the Crown Prince of Japan, the heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne. She is the first nonaristocratic woman to enter the mysterious, almost hermetically sealed, and longest-running monarchy in the world. Met with cruelty and suspicion by the Empress and her minions, Haruko is controlled at every turn. The only interest the court has in Haruko is her ability to produce an heir. After finally giving birth to a son, she suffers a nervous breakdown and loses her voice. However, determined not to be crushed by the imperial bureaucrats, Haruko perseveres. Thirty years later, now Empress herself, she plays a crucial role in persuading another young woman-a rising star in the foreign ministry-to accept the marriage proposal of her son, the Crown Prince. The consequences are tragic and dramatic. Told from Haruko's perspective, meticulously researched, and superbly imagined, THE COMMONER is the mesmerizing, moving, and surprising story of a brutally rarefied and controlled existence at once hidden and exposed, and of a complex relationship between two isolated women who, despite being visible to all, are truly understood only by each other. From the Compact Disc edition.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

It is 1959 when Haruko, a young woman of good family, marries the Crown Prince of Japan, the heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne. She is the first nonaristocratic woman to enter the mysterious, almost hermetically sealed, and longest-running monarchy in the world. Met with cruelty and suspicion by the Empress and her minions, Haruko is controlled at every turn. The only interest the court has in Haruko is her ability to produce an heir. After finally giving birth to a son, she suffers a nervous breakdown and loses her voice. However, determined not to be crushed by the imperial bureaucrats, Haruko perseveres. Thirty years later, now Empress herself, she plays a crucial role in persuading another young woman-a rising star in the foreign ministry-to accept the marriage proposal of her son, the Crown Prince. The consequences are tragic and dramatic. Told from Haruko's perspective, meticulously researched, and superbly imagined, THE COMMONER is the mesmerizing, moving, and surprising story of a brutally rarefied and controlled existence at once hidden and exposed, and of a complex relationship between two isolated women who, despite being visible to all, are truly understood only by each other. From the Compact Disc edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Janet Song

Length:

9h 4m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:43


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:40


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:14


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:50


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:16


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:17


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:11


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:59


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:55


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:26


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:18


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:23


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:55


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:28


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:24


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:04


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:39


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:05


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:02


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:34


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:20


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:43


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:15


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:46


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:25


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:12


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:14


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:41


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:06


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:27


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:42


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:37


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:27


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:37


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:49


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:15


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:32


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:25


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:41


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:34


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:51


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:57


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:41


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:04


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:08


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:50


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:17


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:03


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:24


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:25


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:57


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:35


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:20


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:26


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:44


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:43


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:25


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:51


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:02


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:08


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:09


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:17


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:27


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:58


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:02


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:03


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:27


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:53


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:42


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:30


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:08


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:33


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:53


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:38


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:11


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:23


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:41


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:44


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:17


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:18


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:01


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:01


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:30


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:50


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:40


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:39


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:14


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:03


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:38


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:42


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:25


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:41


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:01


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:41


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:27


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:23


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

01:21


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:46


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:55


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:08


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:32


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:51


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:45


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:46


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:50


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:52


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:04


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:40


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:05


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:11


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:16


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:07


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:44


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:15


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:51


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:43


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:14


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:49


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:40


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:50


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

02:29


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

01:18


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:59


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

02:21


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

02:46


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

03:10