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Isolated Connected Kyushu Island

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Isolated Connected Kyushu Island weaves together the history of the people of Kyushu, Japan’s third largest island, and the stories that author Hana da Yumiko learned from her elders while she was a little girl. Spanning the years from the end of World War II to the early years of the twenty-first century, Isolated Connected Kyushu Island tells a story of transitions from ...more
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published January 31st 2015 by WestBow Press (first published May 8th 2013)
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Mom2nine
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is for a later edition, which includes all three sections. I so wanted to like this book, instead I found it disjointed and random. The story left me with more questions than answers. There were too many people, who I did not understand their connection and words with unknown meaning. A glossary would have been a help. Also, an introduction which explained a bit of the history of the island, esp. which countries had fought there and which countries controlled the island. I have lived ...more
Julie Hodgson
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This part fiction novel starts in 1944 with the story of a young boy, whose life is changed forever by the war. The passion and heartfelt sorrow one feels when a war takes away sons to fight a war no one understands or even in fact wants to fight for... Do they come back? Or is it straight to the heavens for them? We continue the journey of this family living on Kyushu Island (the third largest island of Japan and most south-westerly of its four main islands), from the 1940s to 2004. This story
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Julie
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book. I liked the premise, the ideas and the characters. Unfortunately, I could not get past the disjointed English. While reading it, I began editing it and couldn't seem to stop! With some revision and editing, this could be a wonderful book. *Won from GoodReads First Reads
明瑶 | B.
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hana da Yumiko shows us the hidden face of the Japanese society. It sheds light on hidden Christians, and communism in Japan. The book shows us a healthy balance between politics and society. She manages to keep that balance, and talks about Japan as objectively as she can. A must read for Japan enthusiasts, and historians.
Pamela
Nov 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book, sent to me by Goodreads for review, is written by a Japanese lady in a non-native tongue: English. It is a fictionalised account of her parents from a poor, rural background and herself growing up from 1945 to 2004, living in one of the, then, remote islands as her country, Japan, also grows up from the age of the Samurai to militarism and thence to democracy. She covers the early history, culture and legends as told from generation to generation and her own rebellion from the tension ...more
Andrew Mclaughlin
Sep 17, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lost interest pretty quick and never finished, felt like it was bouncing around.
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Between the continent and Main Island of Japan, Kyushu has a unique history.
Hana's parents were born during the time of militarism.
Writing is to express Hana’s gratitude to the people who had raised and conveyed the legacy of freedom and democracy. Although she was born in 1964 to a poor family she took human rights and equality for granted and believed she could dream dreams and have a school e
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