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First Japanese-American novel to portray the passionate, desperate struggle for justice and freedom from within the confines of America's concentration camps by those who refused to cooperate with the internment of 120,000 of their fellow Americans.
Paperback, 344 pages
Published July 6th 2006 by Trafford
(first published 1979)
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This is one of the best novels I have read about the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans. Miyakawa chooses a very challenging setting -- the camp at Tule Lake, in the bleakest corner of northern California (where a new arrival remembers only one tree growing out of the pale red lava rock landscape) where the "disloyals, dissidents, and troublemakers" -- and their families --were sent. They were surrounded by barbed wire and 28 guard towers. Miyakawa captures the tension simmering beneath ...more
While I appreciate the awareness of what really happened in the states during WWII and I would never condone the Japanese camps that housed so many american citizens during the war I really did not like this book. The characters were flat, every character felt like the same person. The writing was awful. The entire book is written in present tense which I found very distracting. And the book failed to address the many complexities that lead to Japanese imprisonment. Their is plenty of historical ...more