(From the publisher):
When I Whistle is a rich and absorbing novel set in two contrasting worlds: the worlds of prewar Japan, and the contemporary world of a large hospital with its professional rivaldries.
Ozu, a middle-aged businessman , has a chance encounter that evokes haunting memories. As Ozu recaptures his past, the reader is caught in the spell of a simpler, more humane time.
The stark counterblance is his son Eichi, a young resident surgeon with an ambitious and materialistic obsession to depose his rivals. As the story unfolds, the past and the present gradually converge in a powerful and moving climax.
Original title: 口笛をふく時 [Kuchibue wo Fuku Toki]
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics