Tuesday, November 17, 2009
So Far From the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins
I must admit before reading this book I didn't know much about or even think about the situation between Korea and Japan during WWII. I found this story really easy to get into and full of action and emotion, which I enjoyed.The Japanese-American author's retelling of the harrowing experiences of her escape as a child from Korea at the end of World War II. The eleven year-old child was driven from her delightful life and home in northern Korea. It was interesting not only to read the effect of war on an innocent family trapped in a period of hardships (World War II), but also the fact that the innocent family was of Japanese background, thereby causing hatred toward their kind. The simple text added to the book because the main character is of a young age, therefore showing the story in her perspective, and her thoughts. This book is worth for discussions among people especially who are aware of Asian history.