ワザリング・ハイツ -annex-

どんなに忙しい毎日でも、紅茶を飲んで、ほっとひと息。

Shion Miura / The Secret Garden


Weave A Bark, the film (this is a good one), appears as a work which might make her name known in a broad range. She seems to be an occupational writer who is able to handle issues unfamiliar by means of her own precise research. It is true that her literary value is not decisive, but I regard The Secret Garden as an exquisite work.

One of the clues is written in “Introduction” of the novel. “Girls in this book also fly, but not vertically from the roof of a building, but horizontally through their daily life.” The sense as such might be appropriate to identify melancholy which teenagers have been feeling for a few decades. Today is a period in which we must weary ourselves to survive, but in comparison to fear for being obliged to die in the wartime, it is true that some seniors cannot understand such indescribable melancholy which the young feels in their moderate life.


“After all I don’t have anything but subtle stuff to be anxious about. That I cannot be anxious, means that I might be the most unfortunate person in the world. It is certain I’m the most useless creature in the world.”


If those who didn’t know how to survive tomorrow heard this, for instance, they would come to be anger. In a drama, a certain old woman says to a youth, as I never forget, “You have an option to commit suicide? Ha! How luxury it is.” In literature, one of the most essential things is context, so it is a certain basis when we consider our sentiment. In Japan, for instance, one can drink after twenty years old, but in California, after twenty one: then, the old woman criticises a young man in the moral context of California which has quite a different basis. In the novel, such tension between them is realised by means of rhetoric of narrative mentioned below.

The Secret Garden sincerely pursuits matters people, particularly the young, have in common, and three characters relate in order each chapter so as to describe a figure of each from the relative perspective. So the novel is well balanced, when the nature of impassioned Toshiko is analysed, by means of others’ views. Such manner of telling can be said an elaborate craft of Miura.