Suna no Shiro
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Suna no Shiro

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Synonyms: Castle of Sand, Sandcastle, Sand Castle
Japanese: 砂の城


Type: Manga
Volumes: 7
Chapters: 34
Status: Finished
Published: 1977 to 1979
Genres: Drama Drama, Romance Romance
Theme: Historical Historical
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Ribon Original
Authors: Ichijo, Yukari (Story & Art)


Score: 7.371 (scored by 246246 users)
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Ranked: #40122
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Popularity: #15929
Members: 849
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Volumes: /7
Chapters: /34


In 1944 France, a family had a daughter, Natalie, and adopted a son, Francis, on the very same day. The two grew up happily together, and fell deeply in love by the time they were teen. But Natalie's parents died before they could decide whether to give their blessings, and Natalie's new guardian, her aunt, would never approve. The lovers were driven first to elopement, then to suicide, though they somehow both survived, neither knowing what happened to the other.

Years later, Natalie learns the truth about her dead love... and his wife and son. After a series of tragedies, she decides to take in the boy, even as she is haunted by his resemblance to her lost love.


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Jun 25, 2017
If you love tragedy, then this manga is your way to go; its chalk full of tragedy and tragedy (especially right after you think everything will be alright). If anything, this is a rather stereotypical older shoujo series, there's a happy couple, stuff happens, drama, etc. I would encourage giving the series a go, it was quite a captivating read and although I was slightly disappointed at the ending, it was a decent read.

[spoiler=The Ending] Natalie goes cray cray after miscarrying and after she finally recovers, she dies immediately in her sleep (in young francis' arms). Then it flashes to a scene where he wakes ...

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