Kogawa, Joy

Book - 1982
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Based on the author's own experiences, this story of the evacuation, relocation, and dispersal of Canadian citizens of Japanese ancestry during WWII is "a tour de force, a deeply felt novel, brilliantly poetic in its sensibility" (The New York Times Book Review) Copyright (c) Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

Publisher: Boston :, D.R. Godine,, 1982, ©1981
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 0879234296
Branch Call Number: FICTION Kog
Characteristics: 250 pages ; 23 cm


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Jan 21, 2014
  • Marikomc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written. Did you know Obasan means old lady ( the longer you say the ''A'' older the person is)
but in a polite way in Japanese. It is most commonly used when you see a old woman and you don't know there name you can call them Obasan. ^-^

Dec 22, 2010
  • Rhonda J. Roy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A story about a Canadian family (second and third generation Canadian from Japan) sent from the coast to work camps in the interior of BC and in Alberta during World War II. The main character was a child during those years - we start with her as a small girl in a house in Kerrisdale and end in Grenfell, Alberta with the death of her uncle, who raised her brother and her.

The story itself is compelling - uncomfortable to read what the Canadian government did in the name of national security. But the writing is almost poetic; the scents and sights of coastal forest, then prairie so vivid.

May 11, 2010
  • meaganpeters4 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

fabulous look at a dark time in Canadian histroy.
In my opinion it should be read by all students as it looks at several different issues faced by many of today's youth while educating them about a different culture living in their own towns!


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