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What I initially valued most in this novel was the historical aspect. I knew something about Japanese atrocities in World War II (the Rape of Nanking, the POW camps), but I found the description of concentration camps filled with civilians to be unfamiliar and deeply disturbing. Consequently, when I realized that the major premise of the novel is based on a dubious legend (Yamashita's gold, the Golden Lily) that most serious scholars dismiss, I was acutely disappointed. All of the "informative" features of the novel are called into question. Since I did not find it an especially compelling story, the questionable authenticity of the factual basis for the novel was even more disheartening.
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