Joy Kogawa - Obasan

A lesser-known book from the Eighties, telling the sad tale of Japanese Canadians during and after WWII. It's a mixture of passages that are like poetry - rather vague poetry that is - and passages written in journalistic style, distanct and factual. The narrative is bleak and sad, depressingly sad really. Obasan's message is like the tale of Pandora's box: life is full of misery and our only hope is hope itself.

9 December 2007

Anchor Books, 1994
Originally published 1981


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