The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Reviewed by- Andrea (2011/09/26, 05:50 AM)
The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford is a sweet story of forbidden love. The plot follows the relationship between a young Japanese girl and Chinese boy during the Japanese internment of World War II. The protagonist, Henry, is a Chinese American, who voices his story through two-time periods. Present day, Henry is recently widowed and struggles with the relationship with his son. The second story is a series of flashbacks to the 1940's of Henry as a 12-year-old boy. At age 12, Henry was in love with a Japanese American girl while in an internment camp. Henry's childhood proves to be a more intriguing storyline as it chronologies the tumultuous period in our nation’s history. It was interesting to learn about the importance of honor and obedience within the Japanese and Chinese cultures. Ford depicted the conditions of the Japanese internment camps with great detail, enlightening readers to the horrors of our countries past. I consistently compared the period with our country today, post-9/11. There are similarities between how citizens and the community respond, making the book all the more thought provoking. Overall a very enjoyable read with a lot to discuss.Back.

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