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Inside this Book – SOUTH-SOUTH-EAST of the Izu Islands, off the coast of a small islet, there was a whale. He wasn’t swimming or blowing water through his spout, just floating on the swell as if everything else was too much bother, now and then closing his small eyes as if all he wanted to do was sleep. Shoals of tuna and bonito and sardines—the whale’s favourite—dashed past and crowded boisterously around the surface, but he pretended to ignore them and simply floated there like a log, although really he was rather too big for a log. He was a sardine whale, so named for their snack of choice. Sardine whales average about sixteen metres long, but our whale floating here so terribly listlessly was uncommonly large at twenty metres, and weighed in at thirty tons—and to make matters worse, he was a male. Unlike humans, female whales are bigger than males, and the bigger they are, the more splendid they are thought to be. And not just by the humans who hunt them for their meat and their oil, but by their very own fellow whales. For the males, it wasn’t so much a case of the smaller the better, but if like our whale they were bigger than the females, beyond what was acceptable, so to speak, then the females seemed to find them repulsive and refused to have anything to do with them. Upon reaching adulthood, whales find a mate and travel the oceans together, giving birth to a baby whale once every two years. But this male was too big, and however hard he tried to attract a mate, emitting subsonic signals to alert the young females to a passing shoal of sardines or giving them gifts of shrimp, they simply ate their fill and then quickly swam away as if repelled at the mere sight of his enormous body.
Inside this book –The Cake Tree in the Ruins PDF Book by Akiyuki Nosaka – IN THE FOOTHILLS of the mountains, some distance from the town, a boy and his parrot were living in a small air-raid shelter. The boy had just turned eight years old, but the age of his parrot, which the boy’s sailor father had brought back from a southern isle as a gift for him, was unknown. The parrot had a yellow crown-like crest and a touch of red at the base of its wings, as if bleeding, but otherwise it was covered all over with soft blue feathers. From its ugly, wrinkled feet you might think it was quite old, but then the mischievous look in its eye was altogether childlike, and at any rate parrots were said to live for a hundred years so there was no way of knowing. But the boy, who was an only child, had decided that it was his little sister. For the past couple of weeks, the boy and the parrot had been hiding day and night in the darkness of the shelter. An air-raid shelter was a place to keep you safe from the attacks by enemy planes, and they had been built in all major cities all over Japan from around 1942. Big shelters were tunnelled into the hillside and reinforced with wood or concrete, and could accommodate tens or even hundreds of people. There were also little shelters known as “octopus pots”, which were just about the size of the holes people dug to dispose of household waste, and were meant for one person to quickly jump inside to escape machine-gun fire.
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- Full Book Name – The Cake Tree in the Ruins
- Author of this Book – Akiyuki Nosaka
- Language – English
- Book Genre – Fiction, Novella, Cultural, Historical
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