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Obasan by Joy Kogawa
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Jun 09, 12

bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read in June, 2012

Penguin Group Canada|April 4, 2006|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-14-305502-0

Story Description:

A powerful and passionate novel, Obasan tells, through the eyes of a child, the moving story of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. Naomi is a sheltered and beloved five-year-old when Pearl Harbor changes her life. Separated from her mother, she watches bewildered as she and her family become enemy aliens, persecuted and despised in their own land. Surrounded by hardship and pain, Naomi is protected by the resolute endurance of her aunt Obasan and the silence of those around her. Only after Naomi grows up does she return to question the haunting silence.

My Review:

Not at all the book I expected. I found it tedious and boring and didn’t like the author’s writing style at all. I persevered and completed the reading but I really had to force myself as I kept hoping it would improve as the chapters went by. However, that doesn’t mean that YOU won’t like it from the reading the story description above. This just wasn’t the book for me. Disappointing.


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