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✓ Read è Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford Ë Dear friend,When I heard that my debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, was going to be published in Persian, my first thought was, Fantastic Perhaps I could attend the Tehran Book Festival You see I would love to visit your country.
I ve had friends travel to Iran in the past and they ve told me wonderful things about the history, the culture, and especially the kind and generous people.
Also, whenever the leaders of my country say there s someplace Americans shouldn t go, I want to go there even.
Because I believe literature can, and should, transcend politics And because I believe readers lovers of books, wherever they live, are the best kind of people curious and compassionate, creative and filled with boundless hope I firmly believe that there is connectivity through storytelling Or as the great poet, Hafez, once said, Found nothing joyful than the sound of words of l For me Jamie Ford s heralded, multiple award winning Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was an entirely luke warm reading experience from start to finish The emotional heat that should have brewed within a story of this nature, considering the volatile subject matter, failed to materialize I never tasted the venom of injustice as I should have The details of Japanese internment in America during WWII was certainly interesting to read about, especially since I know so little about it Seeing our country, a country founded on freedom, take it away from its own citizens is chilling I just didn t feel the chill in Ford s words as much as I could and should have.
Otherwise, it was a lovely story A quaint and well written love story indeed I did have a hard time rooting for the romantic connection between these two children They were just too young for me to In , Henry Lee Joins A Crowd Outside The Panama Hotel, Once The Gateway To Seattle S Japantown It Has Been Boarded Up For Decades, But Now The New Owner Has Discovered The Belongings Of Japanese Families Who Were Sent To Internment Camps During World War II As The Owner Displays And Unfurls A Japanese Parasol, Henry, A Chinese American, Remembers A Young Japanese American Girl From His Childhood In The S Keiko Okabe, With Whom He Forged A Bond Of Friendship And Innocent Love That Transcended The Prejudices Of Their Old World Ancestors After Keiko And Her Family Were Evacuated To The Internment Camps, She And Henry Could Only Hope That Their Promise To Each Other Would Be Kept Now, Forty Years Later, Henry Explores The Hotel S Basement For The Okabe Family S Belongings And For A Long Lost Object Whose Value He Cannot Even Begin To Measure His Search Will Take Him On A Journey To Revisit The Sacrifices He Has Made For Family, For Love, For Country I loved this book, but I had one minor annoyance with it The author had 4 anachronisms the book is set in part in 1986, and yet the son is in an on line grief support group, and used the internet to look up a lost friend, and there is talk twice about digital conversion of records to CDs.
This book is told by a 50 year old second generation Chinese American It is told in two different time periods, and flows back and forth between the 1940 s to 1986 seemlessly It is the story of a young chinese boy who is thrown together with a young japanese girl in Seattle during WW2 It is the story of their friendship love, and also that of the other relationships that the boy has his Chinese parents, a local black jazz musician, and later with his own son and son s fiance Very well written, and very touching.
It gave an interesting insight into the Chinese views of the war, along with the effects, and Hope Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an absorbing story of hope and love It is set against the politically tumultuous period of World War II, where we experience the alienation forces between the Chinese, Japanese and America people as they live together in the United States Henry is a Chinese American boy who lives in Chinatown, Seattle and is close friends with the only other non white student at his school That friend is Keiko, a Japanese American girl who lives in Seattle s Nihonmachi Japantown district The story very interestingly brings the foreign and age old conflicts between China and Japan to US shores and tarnishes the family acceptance of any relationship, even though Henry and Keiko are both naturalised American citizens With the bombing of P Jamie Ford s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was an easy book to get swept into Henry Lee s search into his past is triggered by a discovery , at the Panama Hotel, of belongings from Japanese families who were sent to internment camps during WWII Among those belongings, Henry is hoping to find one specific memory which connects him to the love of his youth, the Japanese American girl, Keiko Okabe Can Henry recover what he s lost 40 years ago After all those years, will it even look the same Both the Chinese and especially the Japanese districts of Seattle and the people who move within them come alive in Ford s moving story With echoes of Edith Wharton transposed to a different time and place, family, tradition and friendship highlight this beautifully crafted historical novel Great to meet Jamie Ford at the High Plains Boo Oy vey I really did want to like this book It sounded like the perfect book for my mood Not too highfalutin or literary, but a good story I which I can immerse myself and escape to a different time and place.
As I went on Goodreads a few days ago to add the book to my list of currently reading however, I came across a number of really bad reviews Disappointed, and somewhat deflated, I nevertheless read on trying to ignore the negativity, stay positive and try to like the story and get into the characters Well, I got to page 67 And reviewers who gave bad reviews you were right.
My first suspicions about the writing came in one of the first chapters where one page after the other the paragraphs start the same way Henry wasn t sure which was Worse, pg 27 and More.
This was my first ever audiobook It was a good choice, listening to it being read with Chinese accents from Henry and his family made it even interesting.
This is the story of Henry, an American born Chinese American and his family, including his dogmatic and anti Japanese father.
Keiko is a second generation Japanese American.
The two meet in a special school where they have won scholarships because of their high intellect They are the two OUTCASTS in an otherwise all white school It is the height of the war an there is much hatred towards the Japanese The two are very young, only about 12 and 13 but they build a strong friendship Henry has to lie in order to see Keiko, her family has no problem with Henry.
Then the bill is signed that sent thousands of Japanese from the west coast, in this case Seattle, to internment camps, many in Colo original review posted Mar 19, 09I have to admit that I did not like this book Mr Ford is a decent writer, and while he did research 1942 fairly extensively, he did a crappy job portraying 1986 I was alive in 86 I was ten, in fact While my memory of the time is going to be different than that of a 50 year old character, I wound up being very tired of the repeated anachronisms In one paragraph on page four of the book, I believe the narrator tells the readers that the main character s son is seeing a grief counselor and participating in an Internet support group In 1986, that sort of thing would have been highly unlikely Further, in that same paragraph, he tells us the main character s deceased wife is buried in the same cemetary with Bruce and Brandon Lee and this is seven years before Brandon s death.
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The book begins as Henry Lee stands in front of the Panama Hotel This hotel has been boarded up for years but a new owner has discovered something inside the belongings of Japanese families Their possessions that were left behind when they were rounded up and taken to internment camps As he stands watching, a simple act happensthe owner opens up a Japanese parasol This act takes him back We have all experienced this A scent, a food, a location, a sound can take us back to our yout