The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Section 5, Chapters 1-9 Summary & Analysis

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In Chapter 1, Nakamura learns he has throat cancer. A tumor is removed but soon comes back. Ikuko gets up two hours early each day to help him prepare for his day before she goes to work. Her kindness makes him work at being a better person. He even helps a charity that delivers meals to the elderly.

In Chapter 2, Nakamura receives a letter from a corporal in his platoon, Aki Tomokawa. Nakamura has avoided all his “old comrades” except Kota, a decision he made after discovering he was a wanted war criminal. But now he feels that he was selfish to distance himself from them all. Despite how ill he is, Nakamura makes the trip to Sapporo to visit Tomakawa. He arrives safely but the trip becomes a nightmare as Nakamura becomes sicker. He is in and out of consciousness during the...

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