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In a narrative that alternates between past and present, Canadian author Itani, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Deafening, examines the internment of Japanese Canadian citizens durinWWIIand its impact on one family. In 1997, artist Binosuke Okuma drives from Montreal to the site of the camp on the Fraser River where his family has been interned when Bin was very y oung, and where his father made a decision that would cut him off from his family‚--îand permit him to fulfill his potential as an artist. But at first memories of Bin's wife, Lena, who died of an stroke, chase him. Accompanied by his dog, Basil, and armed with tapes of Beethoven and a bottle of whisky, Bin grapples with the anger and silence that swathe his experience of internment and separation‚--îwhich his wife had urged him to address. After learning that his aging father sits in a chair facing the door, waiting for Bin's arrival not far from the location of the Fraser River camp, Bin must decide if he can return to the father who altered his fate, allowing him, he hopes, to keep going, as a son, an artist, a widower, and as a father himself who had built his own family far away from the broken histories buried at the camps. This sparse and melancholy meditation on family, history, and the healing properties of art addresses a little-known chapter in Canada's history, though Itani failes to bring those events and his charactesr fully to life. Ageht: Westwood Creative Artists.
This story is the saga of Bin. A young Japanese boy's journey from the coast of Vancouver Island to the interment camp of WW2 to Ottawa and beyond. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JB
This is an interesting subject. I did not know that there were internment camps in Canada, during WW2. The historical content was very
well presented. Read more
My mother and her brothers were all born in concentration camps. Over the past few years, I’ve been looking for and reading books about interned Japanese in America. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christeri
Frances Itani is a remarkable writer. If you are interested in history ( and everyone should be), you will learn about the egregious treatment of Canada's citizens of Japanese... Read morePublished 3 months ago by PW
My book club loved this book. There is a life changing event that enlivens the beautiful spare prose of this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by JK
This was a very enjoyable read. The history presented about the Japanese/Canadians was especially interesting and that in itself makes the book worth reading.Published 9 months ago by Barbara H.
Read this book for my bookclub. Absolutely loved the writing style and the subject. Enjoyed this author. One of my favorite books of all time.Published 10 months ago by T. Clark
This is the first of Frances Iranian' s works that I have read, but it won't be my last. I loved the telling of this story that taught me so much about Japanese Canadian... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bhamdo