The audible version has elements that are not found in the written version. I liked the song written and sung by Carrie.
This book reminds me of Joy Kogawa's book, Obasan, and the plight of the Japanese Canadian incarceration following Pearl Harbor.
Bin's quest and remembrances are sad but the remembered vignettes are not maudlin. Basil's antics (Bin's loyal companion dog) add humor and help to off-set the extreme seriousness of the subject which is likened to Beethoven's ponderous late quartets.
Great kudos to Frances Itani and her handling of the subject matter. As a Japanese American who was born in the US relocation camps, I find Ms. Itani's handling of the difficult subject matter different yet compelling and graceful.
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