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Nemoto'S Travels

The Illustrated Saga of a Japanese Floatplane Pilot in the First Year of the Pacific War

Michael Claringbould



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Avonmore Books
13 May 2021
This is the illustrated diary of Imperial Japanese Navy floatplane pilot Warrant Officer Nemoto Kumesako, dating from the early months of the Pacific War. His recollections offer an intimate perspective into his life, along with insights into Japanese thinking of the times. Unusually, these memoirs are presented in a style consistent with the Japanese manga (illustrated cartoon) format.

The curious floatplanes of the time, some of which verge on the steampunk, come to life with the author's uncanny sense of humour. Nemoto defies every stereotype of the Samurai warrior, for his diary betrays coveted romanticism. Although an exceptional character, he was certainly a man of his times. Not particularly close to his comrades, Nemoto prided himself in his worldly credentials. For example, he read Tolstoy's War& Peace in German between missions.

Nemoto's writing style, cultivated and matter of fact, is tinged with insight and assurance. He never envisaged it would wind up in the wrong hands, and for this reason the reader will savour its frankness and insights.

Michael Claringbould is a globally renown Pacific War author. This is his first attempt at getting away from conventional formats, instead producing an entertaining hybrid tale, garishly illustrated yet historically accurate. Its humorous format is also guaranteed to tell readers many things about this fascinating period they did not know.
By:   Michael Claringbould
Imprint:   Avonmore Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 250mm,  Width: 176mm, 
ISBN:   9780648926252
ISBN 10:   0648926257
Pages:   116
Publication Date:   13 May 2021
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Raised in Port Moresby, Michael Claringbould is a globally recognised expert on the New Guinea air war and Japanese aviation in particular.

Reviews for Nemoto'S Travels: The Illustrated Saga of a Japanese Floatplane Pilot in the First Year of the Pacific War

Great book if you want to read about a year in the life of a Japanese Navy AF floatplane pilot and even better if you want to relive the exciting times from days gone by when you looked forward to reading the latest comic mag from the drugstore or newspaper seller. * J-AIRCRAFT 05/07/2021 *

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