Sounds interesting.. read a great review (including carefully segmented-away spoiler), so probably know more than I *should*, but I do like to spend m...moreSounds interesting.. read a great review (including carefully segmented-away spoiler), so probably know more than I *should*, but I do like to spend my time carefully, so am fine with that. Will have to keep my eyes out for this next time am browsing somewhere..(less)
Really fun to read, the situation as described being so unbelievable (control freak-guy tricked into marriage in his village in India, totally against...moreReally fun to read, the situation as described being so unbelievable (control freak-guy tricked into marriage in his village in India, totally against his will, to a beautiful, intelligent woman rejected by others for her height and/or seeing a movie with a Muslim guy and/or the one other thing..). But then, as Anne relates the story, it's all very believable. If I ever do write, I'll probably re-read this to look at her technique more - I always wanted to read the next thing, never was bored or claustrophobic in the story or anything. Leila's reaction to the US was fun (trouble finding the place to put mail in at the mailbox) while not being insulting or harshly stereotypical. I liked Leila a lot, she is quietly self-possessed, intelligent but also personable, strong-willed and cooperative. Many particular moments weaved together into a seemingly-unlikely but true-ish story arc. And/or, just the right book at the right time for me! I give stars based on how much the book does what I wanted it to, how close it matches my (realistic as possible) expectations; not some 'great literature' scale (of which I would know not, anyway), hence the quietly happy 5.(less)
I imagine I may have read this in high school, or else I didn't. If I did, it was without the full measure of enjoyment that is available to be gained...moreI imagine I may have read this in high school, or else I didn't. If I did, it was without the full measure of enjoyment that is available to be gained from it, verily. So, to read/re-read it will be listed unto itself, -eth.(less)
For my daughter's World Literature class, and looks fascinating.. I don't know if her class will be having a lecture on Egypt to help with all the rel...moreFor my daughter's World Literature class, and looks fascinating.. I don't know if her class will be having a lecture on Egypt to help with all the related context, but if anyone has any books they'd recommend for my reading to help fill in the gaps, I'd be grateful. Thanks!(less)
Sounds fascinating! I've always been relatively disconcerted by my ignorance of Cuba, with both its close (and highly negative) relationship to the US...moreSounds fascinating! I've always been relatively disconcerted by my ignorance of Cuba, with both its close (and highly negative) relationship to the US and physical proximity. Also am always interested to read of the mistakes of folks who look like me, to continue learning how to be part of the solution instead of the problem.(less)
Really enjoyed this, was just perfect for me at the moment! I tend to like writing with lots of detail, more often than not, and this had that in a wa...moreReally enjoyed this, was just perfect for me at the moment! I tend to like writing with lots of detail, more often than not, and this had that in a way that totally fit for me. Also great characterizations, interesting plot, a current story and lots of historical context filled in slowly in a way that really worked for me. It's also very visual, and I really liked that. I liked the map, I was visualizing scenes much more distinctly than I usually do while reading. If this sort of content often works for you as well, I'd highly recommend it! -------- Layers are one of the main thing I love about this book. There are layers of snow falling over everything on the small island of San Piedro, just east of Washington State, where this story is set. And this story is nominally about a murder trial, but that is only the most superficial layer. It is actually about what is involved in being human and having experiences and being shaped by those experiences.
How much can a person resist the effects of what happens to them, and how much is the impact of life on each person out of our control?
Race identity and race consciousness are the main vehicle for exploration of these questions.
Set in 1954, this story includes information about two main sets of people on this island - the white population and the Japanese population. Through extensive narrative on the past - mainly through the eyes of Ishmael Chambers, the one-armed newspaper man - we see the macro life of the island move forward over the decades. And we see in particular detail the period around the bombing of Pearl Harbor - which prompted an amount of hysteria against the Japanese community. The result of that hysteria was the internment of that population - that entire population, from this island - for a period. Which is something I hadn’t known too much about, was great to learn more. And then this novel’s main storyline - about a purchase of property by a Japanese family from a white family which was nearly concluded at the time of internment - is a personal layer woven into that historical reality.
The murder trial going on is that of Kabuo Miyamoto, who was the son of the man buying the property in question. He is accused of killing Carl Heine, the son of the man about the complete the sale when the internment took place. Carl was found dead on his fishing boat, and evidence (and racism) quickly directed attention to Kabuo. Kabuo is married to Hatsue, a woman of striking beauty. Hatsue and Ishmael had been close childhood friends, and were just at the threshold of becoming sexual when the internment took place. Ishmael remained completely enraptured with Hatsue yet to the current time, and plays a pivotal role in the trial as an outcome of that love.
Betrayal, jealousy, passion, racism, and other human intensities are woven into this community’s life on this small island that is built on fishing and tightly-wound relationships. I adore the details at the various levels - from the actual battlefield experiences of Ishmael in Japan to the internment camp to the fishing boats to the trial to the minute effects of the huge snowstorm that hits the island during the trial to the intimate human interaction details. And great enveloping read! (less)