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Miss Gone-overseas: A Pillow Book by [Hagerstrom, Mitchell Anne]
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Length: 64 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"For readers with any sort of interest in the Pacific, it's a natural. For those without such a background, it can also be compelling since the pathos doesn't really depend on island life, more on war time conditions in a Japanese possession. What was especially effective was the sparse entries in the diary, something so much in keeping with the characters in the novella. Well done!" -- Francis X. Hezel, S.J., Micronesia Seminar


"I have recommended Miss Gone-overseas as supplementary reading to many of my students. Among the book's many virtues, it so gently presents a nuanced view of the gendered and complex relationships between Japanese settlers in Micronesia and the people they encountered there." -- Greg Dvorak, Associate Professor at Hitotsubashi University and Adjunct Lecturer at Waseda University, Tokyo

About the Author

Mitchell Anne Hagerstrom once lived on the Pacific island where this story takes place. She now lives in Austin, Texas.

Product Details

  • File Size: 152 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Tiny TOE Press (January 16, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006YJ5PEM
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In the space of this novella, Hagerstrom, created a character that finds her way into your heart as a living breathing woman. I fell into the spell by a good storyteller. I could "see" the beads of sweat glistening on her skin, I could "hear" the clicking of the go stones, I could "feel" the intense oppressive humidity of the island. When the tale ended I felt this world Hagerstrom had created evaporate; how I miss it.
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This is an expertly crafted little book that paints a rich picture with minimal brush strokes. Just enough detail to set the scene and tell the story.
I can see how this might not sit well with someone expecting a straightforward story with everything explained, but for a reader willing to stretch the mind, this is an exercise that will leave one glowing with pleasure.
I'm delighted to have stumbled across this gem.
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This short novel was a wonderful diary like compilation of the times of a Japanese sex slave during World War II. Without the need for graphic writing, the story conveyed a haunting loneliness during a challenging time regardless of whose side you are on.
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I quite simply could not put the book (Kindle) down. I knew the Japanese held the old Japanese Mandates/ US Trust Territory and now Federated States of Micronesia but didn't realize the extent of Japnese colonies there. But this isn't a history book, rather, the story of one Japanese comfort woman as WW2 ends in the Pacific. Like the previous reviewer, I could feel the breeze and smell the jasmine. As with the best of novels I was left wanting even more.
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BECAUSE HAVE REAL HISTORY
A GOOD CARACTERS VERY HUMAN ONES AND
THE WAY IS WRITTEN MAKE IT LIGHT AND ENTERTAIN
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It always helps to see the world from someone else's eyes. I have often wondered how others view the history of the world. This book is easy to read, hard to put down, and very well written. I am glad I live in America!
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I quite enjoyed most of this small book but was very disappointed to see it disappear so quickly, and the ending came about before I was expecting it.
A lot more could have been made from it. I was only just beginning to know the characters, and there it was - gone.
I never did understand how the circumstances came about for the setting and can only assume that during the US/Japan war, that not only troops but women for their use, were sent to tropical islands. We never got to know what happened to these people, so all in all this little book seems like a brief extract of a larger one.
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This story is about a young Japanese women sold to a brothel by her family, who ends up on an island in the Pacific in WWII. Nothing about her work as a prostitute, but lots of detail about life on the island. There's a wierd disconnect in leaving out everything having to do with sex. She might as well have been selling doughnuts. Apparently she's good enough at it to make money when others are not and are dismissed. The reader finds out she's having sex with her "host" when she and the madam flee to the jungle for safety. But it's thrown out there as an aside. What? Was this arranged by the madam? consensual? where? when? They all live in in a grass hut and the man's wife has a newborn.
Biggest criticism: the book ends abruptly. I was hoping at some part things would make sense.
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