The sister and the brother keep looking for the people who know their grandfather, Kyuzo Miyabe. They needed to visit to a gangster boss, meet successful but snobby business person, retired bankers, etc...
Gradually, they started to envision what kind of Zero Fighter Pilot their grandfather was.
The more I read, I started to feel that I was watching TV drama series, such as "Twin Peaks", or "X Files". Each meeting with Kyuzo Miyabe's friend complete one story and one or two facts about Kyuzo Miyabe become clear. I turned to Author's personal history and found that he was TV program scenario writer before he started to write stories. Since I was so familiar with TV drama series, it was quite easy to read that way.
Miyabe's Fighting Places in the story (from the book)
His way of fighting was cautious enough so that others could call him coward. But, he did not care. Still, he was not just cautious in the way he was selfish and he did not mind sacrificing his colleagues. There were some of his people who were saved by Miyabe's brave action and skill of maneuvering the fighter as he wished. The grand son and daughter found their grandfather's friends either hated him or loved him.
It is simple and clear to figure the people who loved him. Either they loved Miyabe's skill or they were saved by him in fighting. But, more important is the people who were puzzled by him and hated him in my opinion. They might have been sharing same feeling as Miyabe's for survival, but could not say it out loud as Miyabe was doing. They envied Miyabe and being jealous. They wanted to survive. They wanted to go back to their family. But they could not say or act as Miyabe did. They were confused and irritated, and hated him.
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