"Every story has two sides. My life depended on my sides coming together." - Mark Sakamoto
Forgiveness is a heart-rending and bittersweet family memoir that spans over three generations.
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Just waiting for The Wife Between Us to show up!! I love buying books!😍🤗 ( and a new umbrella, whenever spring decides to show up...Northern Alberta lIving...🤔)
So amazing!!! Everyone should read this book! Side note: this is the 100th book I have read this year! I am very proud I reached my goal!
I feel terrible about this, but I can't finish FORGIVENESS. Sakamoto covers important ground--his grandpa's years as a POW, his grandma's time in an internment camp, and his own experiences with an alcoholic mother--but...
I'm just gonna say it, okay? His prose reads like bad journalism. The first 75 pages are a stream of recollections and tangential facts with many of the connectors missing and some awkward dialogue mixed in. I've gotta bail.
They're renovating my usual library branch, so today I wandered on over to the one I used when I was a teenager. It's all fancy in there now, and I had a good time learning where everything is.
And I got books! FORGIVENESS off the Express Bestsellers cart, more Green Arrow from the comics shelf, and this year's Pride guide from the pamphlets.
Finally getting around to reading the #CanadaReads winner. It‘s going to have to be flawless to change my mind about the fact that it was NOT the right winner.
The last book I read in March ended up being the winner of #CanadaReads!
The backbone of this memoir is the alternating stories of Sakamoto's grandparents. Frank, a soldier, survived years in prisoner camps in Japan. Mitsue was forced to moved to rural Alberta to work as a farm laborer. But the heart of this story is how instead of holding on to bitterness and anger, each chose hope and forgiveness, moving on instead of living in the past.
I haven‘t been following Canada Reads and this is the first I‘ve heard of the winner, but it sounds fascinating!
I wanted to wait a few hours, but congratulations to Mark Sakamoto for winning this year‘s Canada Reads. I read the other 4 books and kept putting this one aside. Just goes to show you. I said on day 2, I don‘t think the US will ever have a show where people cry defending a book. One celeb donated 50 copies each of two of the other books to his local school system. Time to read this one. I had American War or Marrow Thieves as my picks.
“I am here on behalf of 6 million Jews who were slaughtered for no reason other than being Jews. The ghost of Hitler still works in Canada.” Page 156. I am appaled to learn that in Canada -Japanese Canadians (even those born in Canada) were hated, driven out and persecuted in 1945.
What an amazing story! I never knew anything about this time in our history, I do now and I now know how strong these people were and how they suffered! I feel incredibly lucky that this was so eye opening and shocking to me! That is all because of the sacrifices people made for me to be able to live with the freedom I do! Read this beautiful, remarkable story!!