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Requiem 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ChelseaManchester More than 1 year ago
The alternation of current time with the childhood of the protagonist gives the reader two stories along the same thread. It is very interesting to compare this novel of the internment of the Japanese in Canada with other fictional accounts, such as Dallas' Tallgrass and Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars. Each is written from a different perspective, and each gives voice to the American and Canadian citizens who were torn from the homes and yet somehow retained their dignity. Requiem is a book worthy of discussion and much thought. Its themes of family, trust, hardship, and the importance of the arts make it a good book club book, as well as a novel that will appeal to many readers of good fiction.
hollandTN More than 1 year ago
Great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thia waa an amazing journey...beautifully written.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Author: Frances Itani Published By: Atlantic Monthly Press Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Book Blog For: GMTA Rating: 4 Review: "Requiem" by Frances Itani was wonderful written novel that gives a revealing look into the Japanese internment of the Canadians in British Colombian following the bombing of Pearl Harbour, during World War Two in 1942. This author has weaved this story into past and present with a 'heart felt family story shedding light on a painful period of Canada's history when those of Japanese descent were interned.' I felt this was a fascinating story how this man's journey back to his past with his friend...his dog and memories of his wife...along with him in the front seat. This novel is of Bin Okuma who was a Canadian painter of Japanese descent and was married to a Canadian girl...had one son...wife going on a journey to West find that his 'first-father' is ageing...having not been close to his father... Bin now decides to see his father...and goes the story and the part that I say to find out father you must pick up "Requiem" and find out what memories will come back to him during has childhood...with his family...their previous life as fisherman until the boasts were confiscated and then there travel to the camp in British Columbia. In this novel you will see how the author brings to the writer three time frames: "the distant past, when Bin lived with his family in an internment camp, the recent past, with memories of his life with his wife and son in Canada, and the current day, the road journey across Canada with his dog, Basil." This was a different read for me because I hadn't read about the experiences of the Japanese in Canada. Having done so, I found "Requeim" a very interesting read. I thought that the characters were very well developed with this novel showing much feeling, grief and even consolation and yes, I would recommend this novel as a good read.
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