This Guest Post features Sonja. Sonja is a really good friend of mine, and for a while now I have been bugging her to write a review for the site. She has beautifully put together this review on 'When the Emperor Was Divine,' that I think all of you will enjoy and will be eager to read the book afterwards. I have also asked her to answer a few questions, to know her a little bit. She has a Goodreads profile, if you'd like to visit and befriend her.
REVIEW of 'When the Emperor Was Divine.'
"'When the Emperor Was Divine,' is a novel that is powerful in its simplicity. It is the story of a Japanese American family and their experience with the Japanese Internment during WWII. The family remains unnamed throughout the novel. It gives a sens that it is any of thousands of families; people who have ceased to be individuals, who have become just a number; and worse, the unnamed enemy.
The story is told through the perspective of different family members. The language is simple, the emotion very understated. The perspective of the children, especially, is pure and simple; the telling of a story and description of the everyday.
There is an overwhelming feeling of acceptance. It provides a sense of stoic strength that is characteristic of the Japanese culture. The family returns to their home and is reunited after a period of three years. Even through this acceptance and perseverance the family is tragically changed forever.
They are now allowed to put the pieces back together, but they no longer fit. The confession of the father at the end of the novel is powerful and heartbreaking. This is a quick and worthwhile read, and the subject a lesser known episode in America's history that everyone should read on."
Q&A with Sonja:
What do you like to read?
Sonja: "I love to read fiction and literature of many genres, especially Russian Literature. I also enjoy non-fiction, mostly of the historical and cultural varieties."
What are your favorite books?
Sonja: "It's tough to pick just a few favorites. Long standing I love 'To Kill a Mockingbird' - what an amazing novel! More recent favorites are 'The History of Love' by Nicole Krauss and 'The Tiger's Wife' by Tea Obreht. Both have a way of hitting you right in the face with the beauty of the prose.
How do you find books on GoodReads?
Sonja: "I rediscover old favorites and books I've been meaning to read forever and generally find my new to-reads by exploring goodreads.
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