Requiem

Requiem

eBook - 2012
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By the Commonwealth Writer's Prize-winning author of Deafening comes a new historical novel that traces the lives of one Japanese-Canadian family during and after their internment in the 1940s. In 1942 the government removed Bin Okuma's family from their home on British Columbia's west coast and forced them into internment camps. They were allowed to take only the possessions they could carry, and nine-year-old Bin was forced to watch as neighbors raided his family's home before the transport boats even undocked. One hundred miles from the "Protected Zone,"they formed makeshift communities without direct access to electricity, plumbing or food-for five years. Fifty years later, after his wife's sudden death, Bin travels across the country to find the biological father who has been lost to him. Both running from grief and driving straight toward it, Bin must ask himself whether he truly wants to find First Father, the man who made a fateful decision that almost destroyed his family all those years ago. With his wife's persuasive voice in his head and the echo of their love in his heart, Bin embarks on an unforgettable journey into his past that will throw light on a dark time in our shared history.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2012
ISBN: 9780802194602
0802194605
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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lotuslori_8 Apr 03, 2018

Beautifully written story of a man's journey through his past as he takes a road trip across the country to visit the father that he hasn't seen in 50 years.

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hvyamville
Jan 05, 2018

I would recommend this book to those who appreciate slow but beautiful, descriptive, introspective, and reflective reads. Although it is still heart-wrenching to read this account of the injustice that Japanese Canadians faced, this book reflects on this injustice in a manner that is less harsh than other historical fiction narratives. Some people criticize the open nature of the book's ending, but if readers keep their eyes open along the way, readers will pick up on the many clues that Itani intersperses throughout her novel with regards to the degree of emotional healing that Bin will experience.

I particularly enjoyed this beautifully lyrical book. Unlike other historical fiction accounts of the Japanese Canadian Internment, this book brings impersonal facts to life by exploring the emotional effects alongside the physical effects of the internment. Itani's main character, Bin, seems extremely real and human. Despite the enormous scope of pain Bin experiences, this book takes readers on his highly-metaphorical journey to the doorway of healing.

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IV27HUjg
Aug 20, 2014

I really liked this read - the history & writing. I didn't realize that Canadians were also interned & shameful history.

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26Dunbar
Jul 12, 2014

This is a wonderful book, although I found the reality of the treatment of the West Coast Japanese very upsetting. While ii is a work of fiction, I know from friends who experienced the relocation that descriptions of the events reflect the truth. Ms. Itani has a wonderful way with words. I was captivated throughout.

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nicolenozick
Jul 15, 2013

completely different - about japanese canadians in bc internment camps. i need to finish this. it just didn't capture me enough.

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lindakennedy
May 05, 2013

I loved this book and found the characters complex and interesting.
The unresolved grief from his old losses, the recent loss, and the interweaving of the above made for a moving account. The story of the families life in the camp and their struggles afterwords are insightful.
Beautifully told.

MariePat Apr 17, 2013

I did not enjoy this book, I found the plot and characters flat. The subject matter is important to know about because it is part of Canadian history. But bearing that, I could not get into this book. I am going to try Obasan by Joy Kogawa instead.

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sinclair29
Sep 27, 2012

Good book. Highly recommend

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EmilyEm
Sep 22, 2012

Bin Okuma goes on a journey, crossing Canada east to west, revisiting a past that includes his experience as a Japanese internee, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, pushed inland from his family home in a coastal fishing village. He is also grieving for his wife Lena who has recently died and preparing for an exhibit of his paintings.

Itani?s beautiful prose carries a book that lags in plot until about halfway through. It is very much like a requiem. {Listening to Beethoven while you read is completely appropriate!] It is very like reading a recent bestseller, Per Petterson?s Out Stealing Horses. I liked her novel Deafening more.

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uncommonreader
Aug 02, 2012

Although I learned a little, I did not find the book that insightful.

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