I really enjoyed this book. Normally I don't care for books that go back and forth between times, but this one was easy to follow and made the story better. The reader was perfect. The author keeps you guessing (and hoping) what the end will be and gives a better understanding of that part of history. Great Book!
I grew up near Seattle, and lived there during the period when those Japanese that were interred during the war were coming back to the area. Later, I was in a church with several families. This book brought tears to my eyes several times....but it's a good read.
The history of the conflict in our homeland through the eyes of a child and then an adult. I highly recommend this for kids age 14 plus. If you care about the inner conflicts in our culture, read this and you will gain a different perspective of the US culture.
I don't know,
The description of the young man and how he was mistaken as Japanese and he was Chinese.
No, but it kept me coming back and I truly wanted to read the entire story.
Recommend this to teachers and history teachers.
A reader may enjoy this book more than a listener. The narrator pauses in the wrong places, is somewhat monotone and places emphasis in the wrong places.
No. The author seems repetitive, explaining every detail rather than allowing for the possibility of a reader having some intelligence.
This book came highly recommended however I am so bored by Chin's slumbering voice that I can't stay awake and the story is lost.
It is refreshing to read a novel about the internment of Japanese Americans during WWI. This is a nice story. However, it is a bit drawn out and maudlin. I found myself becoming impatient and close to abandoning it.
I am a Special Education teacher. I grew up in Ashland, Oregon, but have lived most of my life in Hawaii. My favorite reading/listening genres are history and historical fiction.
Yes, the story was too sweet and reminded me of Nicholas Sparks. There were a few anachronisms that were very obvious to anyone with a clear memory of the 1980's. In spite of these two faults, I really enjoyed this book a lot. I loved the setting and appreciated learning more of the history of Seattle. I really liked the characters Henry, Keiko, and especially Sheldon. I was so happy to learn that Oscar Holden and the Midnight Blue were historical jazz musicians. Most of all, I was intrigued by this first effort by Jamie Ford, an author who grew up in my hometown, Ashland, Oregon. Good work, Mr. Ford!
A slow start - I actually stopped listening to it for a while and came back to it. I'm glad I gave it a second chance. Eventually the novel won me over and by the end I couldn't finish this fast enough. Narrator was ok - neither overly expressive nor dull and droll, but eventually he also won me over.
Although this book was interesting, the believability of the story was greatly undermined by the fact that the author chose to cast the main characters as 12 and 13 year old children when they first met and started caring for each other. The feelings they felt for each other, their actions towards one another, and the boy's actions within his family seemed to be vastly too mature for children aged 12 and 13. Oftentimes I found myself feeling that the actions being taken by the boy and girl, the language that they used and the feelings they expressed (especially in the case of the boy) were not authentic, given their age. This obvious "miscasting" continually interfered with my enjoyment of the book.
This book doesn't do justice to telling the story of the atrocious internment of Americans of Japanese descent during WWII. The characters are one-dimensional and either "good" or "bad". I found it a stretch to believe the undying love that the two 13 year old adolescents maintained for each other despite years of separation. I absolutely knew where the story line was going as soon as I learned that Ethel had died, and then in the first flashback to the 40's, that Henry and Keiko were fast friends. It was very difficult to listen to the build-up to the denouement at the end of the book because it moved so slowly. I'm sure I'm not the only one who knew exactly where it was going. I was literally trying to pull the words out faster.