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Color of the Sea

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    "Color of the Sea" is a captivating story told in vivi

    "Color of the Sea" is a captivating story told in vivid, breathtaking images. The story is written in spare, clear prose that echoes the Zen mentality of the protagonist Sam’s early training in martial arts. I especially loved the descriptions of Sam’s martial arts training in Hawaii—swimming with the current, catching the butterflies, and the scene of his final testing in the rain. 
    The two main characters are so admirable they are almost perfect, yet still complex and magnetic: Sam is continuously torn between romantic passion and a strong, innate sense of honor, and the beautiful, fearless “samurai woman” Keiko is at the same time a jitterbug-loving California teenager. 
    Plot-wise, this isn’t a thriller, and there are long segments of the story where tension is low in terms of external danger or conflict, and yet it’s so exquisitely told—the world, the relationships, the personalities, the imagery—that the reading never becomes boring. The intrapersonal tension in this story between honor and passion, and between the love of two homelands, is unforced, understated, and deeply felt. I was fascinated by the dynamics of honor and respect, especially between Keiko and B-Sensei and between Sam and Captain Oshima. It is a thoughtful and lovely portrait of Japanese-American identity from within at a pivotal and very complex time in history.  

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    Posted April 11, 2012



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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Wonderful story.

    This was a beautifully written novel that will be hard to forget. I highly recommend it. I think this novel brought forth the Japanese sense of honor and respect. And it explained Japanese American hardships suffered during World War II. It was a well written story of love and loss. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    A very good read.

    I was delighted by the passionate writing of John Hamamura. I felt a connection to both the characters and the setting of this story. It will give you an insight to the honor and bravery of the Japanese peple that were caught between two worlds during the war. I laughed and cried with these characters and was sorry to let them go.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2007

    A wonderful story that will make you forever respect Japanese-American soldiers and civilians of the World War II era

    John Hamamura tells an unbiased story of the hardships Jpansese-Americans went through in his novel, Color of the Sea. He gives readers no mercy with the many sad events, forbidden loves, and loss of lives that occur in this novel. The characters all create a very real-seeming scenario that is sure to keep you turning the pages. Sergeant Sam Hamada, the main character of this novel, moved to Hawaii at a very young age, leaving his mother and siblings behind in Japan. He excels quickly in American life and is trained to become a samurai by one of my favorite characters, Fujiwara-san. Fujiwara-san is an old man whose supreme physical and mental strength would impress any reader. Throughout the rest of the book, Sam lives many places, accomplishes many tasks, and goes through many hardships, so do his family and long-time friends. This historical fiction novel is a must read for everyone. Pick it up today!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2006

    A MUST READ for everyone!

    This book is not only beautifully written, but the story is both heartbreaking and uplifiting at the same time. There is appeal for both sexes. It's a story about the strength of love in war and about overcoming all of the challenges we face on a daily basis. I couldn't put this book down.

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    Posted January 6, 2009

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