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East and West

East and West

by Gerald Green

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Green focuses on a Japanese-American coupleKenji Tamba and Julie Varnumwho marry just before Pearl Harbor. After a marriage discouraged by both sides, they are interned by the Americans and then exchanged to Japan. Family and national happenings are described in short, diary-like segments written as if at some later time with Julie; Kenji; his brother, Masao; and sister, Yuriko, providing their perspectives. Masao, who epitomizes the samurai, recognizes the manipulations of the military but remains faithful to his code. Yuriko, trapped in an arranged marriage, is torn by traditional and changing lifestyles. Although some episodes seem pat and even saccharine, others provide a better understanding of the circumstances that prompted group and individual Japanese actions. For the latter reason and for fans of Green's many novels and screenplays, libraries should consider. Ellen Kaye Stoppel, Drake Univ. Law Lib., Des Moines

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