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After spending his youth in an internment camp during World War II, Bin Okuma travels across Canada to find his biological father despite his leaving a devastating legacy.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780802120229
Branch Call Number: ITANI F
Itani, F
Characteristics: 317 p. ; 24 cm


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Aug 20, 2014

I really liked this read - the history & writing. I didn't realize that Canadians were also interned & shameful history.

Jul 12, 2014

This is a wonderful book, although I found the reality of the treatment of the West Coast Japanese very upsetting. While ii is a work of fiction, I know from friends who experienced the relocation that descriptions of the events reflect the truth. Ms. Itani has a wonderful way with words. I was captivated throughout.

Jul 15, 2013

completely different - about japanese canadians in bc internment camps. i need to finish this. it just didn't capture me enough.

May 05, 2013

I loved this book and found the characters complex and interesting.
The unresolved grief from his old losses, the recent loss, and the interweaving of the above made for a moving account. The story of the families life in the camp and their struggles afterwords are insightful.
Beautifully told.

MariePat Apr 17, 2013

I did not enjoy this book, I found the plot and characters flat. The subject matter is important to know about because it is part of Canadian history. But bearing that, I could not get into this book. I am going to try Obasan by Joy Kogawa instead.

Sep 27, 2012

Good book. Highly recommend

Sep 22, 2012

Bin Okuma goes on a journey, crossing Canada east to west, revisiting a past that includes his experience as a Japanese internee, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, pushed inland from his family home in a coastal fishing village. He is also grieving for his wife Lena who has recently died and preparing for an exhibit of his paintings.

Itani?s beautiful prose carries a book that lags in plot until about halfway through. It is very much like a requiem. {Listening to Beethoven while you read is completely appropriate!] It is very like reading a recent bestseller, Per Petterson?s Out Stealing Horses. I liked her novel Deafening more.

Aug 02, 2012

Although I learned a little, I did not find the book that insightful.

Apr 11, 2012

This book really picked up in the last third if you have the patience to get through the first 2/3 I thought it was worth it. I didn't give up on the book because I so enjoyed reading the beautiful descriptions of the Canadian landscape.

Mar 28, 2012

Beautiful language and musical imagery. I found the story line was a little too subdued to hold my interest, though. Even the big reveal happened with a whimper. I think the story was just way too introspective for my taste. The subject (Japanese detainees) is a serious one that should indeed be explored and I'm looking forward to reading more on this sad period of Canada's history.

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