Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and SweetDear friend,When I heard that my debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, was going to be published in Persian, my first thought was, Fantastic Perhaps I could attend the Tehran Book Festival You see I would love to visit your country.I ve had friends travel to Iran in the past and they ve told me wonderful things about the history, the culture, and especially the kind and generous people.Also, whenever the leaders of my country say there s someplace Americans shouldn t go, I want to go there even .Because I believe literature can, and should, transcend politics And because I believe readers lovers of books, wherever they live, are the best kind of people curious and compassionate, creative and filled with boundless hope I firmly believe that there is connectivity through storytelling Or as the great poet, Hafez, once said, Found nothingjoyful than the sound of words of love So as a writer and a reader I m daydreaming about a better day, not too far into the future, when perhaps I can be there in person, to thank you for picking up my book a noble romantic tragedy, a recollection of a forgotten and somewhat shameful chapter in US history, and an innocent love story about people who are seemingly different, but really the same.Thank you to Tandis for publishing this book, and a special thank you to Marjan Mohammadi for her hard work and expertise in translating this story I hope you enjoy my work and if so, I d love to hear from you.Kindest regards, Jamie Ford P.S Tehran Book Festival One of these days For me Jamie Ford s heralded, multiple award winning Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was an entirely luke warm reading experience from start to finish The emotional heat that should have brewed within a story of this nature, considering the volatile subject matter, failed to materialize I never tasted the venom of injustice as I should have The details of Japanese internment in America during WWII was certainly interesting to read about, especially since I know so little about it Seeing our country, a country founded on freedom, take it away from its own citizens is chilling I just didn t feel the chill in Ford s words as much as I could and should have.Otherwise, it was a lovely story A quaint and well written love story indeed I did have a hard time rooting for the romantic connection between these two children They were just too young for me to think in those terms, and maybe it wasn t intended to be so intimate Certainly their relationship is sweet and I felt myself pulling for them, but I was pulling with all the strength and enthusiasm I would if I were pitted in a game of tug o war against a two year old.Regardless of my less than perfect reading experience, I think this would be a great book for someone looking for a 20th century historical romance Perhaps someone who likes YA romance and who doesn t mind it being set against a background of truth and terror for Japanese Americans during World War II. In , Henry Lee Joins A Crowd Outside The Panama Hotel, Once The Gateway To Seattle S Japantown It Has Been Boarded Up For Decades, But Now The New Owner Has Discovered The Belongings Of Japanese Families Who Were Sent To Internment Camps During World War II As The Owner Displays And Unfurls A Japanese Parasol, Henry, A Chinese American, Remembers A Young Japanese American Girl From His Childhood In The S Keiko Okabe, With Whom He Forged A Bond Of Friendship And Innocent Love That Transcended The Prejudices Of Their Old World Ancestors After Keiko And Her Family Were Evacuated To The Internment Camps, She And Henry Could Only Hope That Their Promise To Each Other Would Be Kept Now, Forty Years Later, Henry Explores The Hotel S Basement For The Okabe Family S Belongings And For A Long Lost Object Whose Value He Cannot Even Begin To Measure His Search Will Take Him On A Journey To Revisit The Sacrifices He Has Made For Family, For Love, For Country I loved this book, but I had one minor annoyance with it The author had 4 anachronisms the book is set in part in 1986, and yet the son is in an on line grief support group, and used the internet to look up a lost friend, and there is talk twice about digital conversion of records to CDs.This book is told by a 50 year old second generation Chinese American It is told in two different time periods, and flows back and forth between the 1940 s to 1986 seemlessly It is the story of a young chinese boy who is thrown together with a young japanese girl in Seattle during WW2 It is the story of their friendship love, and also that of the other relationships that the boy has his Chinese parents, a local black jazz musician, and later with his own son and son s fiance Very well written, and very touching.It gave an interesting insight into the Chinese views of the war, along with the effects, and the aftermath, of the Japanese internment on the Seattle area. Hope Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an absorbing story of hope and love It is set against the politically tumultuous period of World War II, where we experience the alienation forces between the Chinese, Japanese and America people as they live together in the United States Henry is a Chinese American boy who lives in Chinatown, Seattle and is close friends with the only other non white student at his school That friend is Keiko, a Japanese American girl who lives in Seattle s Nihonmachi Japantown district The story very interestingly brings the foreign and age old conflicts between China and Japan to US shores and tarnishes the family acceptance of any relationship, even though Henry and Keiko are both naturalised American citizens With the bombing of Pearl Harbour in 1941 and the declaration of war between the USA and Japan, there is an overwhelming division between the Japanese and all other communities As a consequence Japanese immigrants are interned in camps, their personal belongings are stored in the Hotel on the Corner, The Panama Hotel, and their remaining properties and businesses are looted.The story covers an aspect of the war that I hadn t really appreciated, how Japanese immigrants were treated in the United States after the bombing of Pearl Harbour The relationship between Henry and Keiko is developed from the racial minority connection but grows into a genuine attraction and ultimately love The strength of their relationship will be tested as it faces immense political and cultural forces that drive alienation The efforts of how Henry tried to maintain his connection with Keiko, even visiting her in the camps in disguise, is very touching and well portrayed The Japanese are relocated inland and he loses all contact, although he never forgets and never stops wondering what may have been.So this is a gentle love story against all the odds They created memories and moments in their short time together that will never be forgotten A piece of his heart was forever given to Keiko.The novel alternates between the 1940s and 1986 In 1986 the Panama Hotel is the centre of refurbishment as it has lain abandoned since it was boarded up during the war When its doors are opened they discover the belongings of the interned Japanese people from 1942 Henry s memories of Keiko come rushing back and he searches the belongings desperately looking for a memento, a rare record, that he shared with Keiko He wonders and starts off on a mission to see if he can track her down or at least find out what happened to her I would recommend this book. Jamie Ford s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was an easy book to get swept into Henry Lee s search into his past is triggered by a discovery , at the Panama Hotel, of belongings from Japanese families who were sent to internment camps during WWII Among those belongings, Henry is hoping to find one specific memory which connects him to the love of his youth, the Japanese American girl, Keiko Okabe Can Henry recover what he s lost 40 years ago After all those years, will it even look the same Both the Chinese and especially the Japanese districts of Seattle and the people who move within them come alive in Ford s moving story With echoes of Edith Wharton transposed to a different time and place, family, tradition and friendship highlight this beautifully crafted historical novel Great to meet Jamie Ford at the High Plains Bookfest in Billings in October Oy vey I really did want to like this book It sounded like the perfect book for my mood Not too highfalutin or literary, but a good story I which I can immerse myself and escape to a different time and place.As I went on Goodreads a few days ago to add the book to my list of currently reading however, I came across a number of really bad reviews Disappointed, and somewhat deflated, I nevertheless read on trying to ignore the negativity, stay positive and try to like the story and get into the characters Well, I got to page 67 And reviewers who gave bad reviews you were right.My first suspicions about the writing came in one of the first chapters where one page after the other the paragraphs start the same way Henry wasn t sure which was Worse, pg 27 and More.frustrating pg 29 Which just led me thinking Where was the editor here I even read through this sentence on page 33 The sum total of Henry s Japanese friends happened to be a number that rhymed with hero.What What kind of sentence is that From an adult Someone trying to evoke the feel of a Chinese immigrant to the US in the 1940 s That kind of writing is a word that rhymes with spit.Another 30 pages into the book and I thought why bother The author clearly hasn t been able to capture my attention, I am not drawn into the story or the characters and while I really wasn t looking for prose of genius, the are minimum requirements of what I am willing to read Maybe this book would be better as an audio So I put down I give it one star and a new title Prose on the Precipice of Barfy and Saccharain This was my first ever audiobook It was a good choice, listening to it being read with Chinese accents from Henry and his family made it eveninteresting.This is the story of Henry, an American born Chinese American and his family, including his dogmatic and anti Japanese father.Keiko is a second generation Japanese American.The two meet in a special school where they have won scholarships because of their high intellect They are the two OUTCASTS in an otherwise all white school It is the height of the war an there is much hatred towards the Japanese The two are very young, only about 12 and 13 but they build a strong friendship Henry has to lie in order to see Keiko, her family has no problem with Henry.Then the bill is signed that sent thousands of Japanese from the west coast, in this case Seattle, to internment camps, many in Colorado The two try to keep in touch but eventually the ties are brokenHenry never gets over Keiko and when his present wife dies he eventually tracks her down, with the help of his son The two have a final poignant meeting.I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to all fans of historical fiction. Original review posted Mar 19, 09I have to admit that I did not like this book Mr Ford is a decent writer, and while he did research 1942 fairly extensively, he did a crappy job portraying 1986 I was alive in 86 I was ten, in fact While my memory of the time is going to be different than that of a 50 year old character, I wound up being very tired of the repeated anachronisms In one paragraph on page four of the book, I believe the narrator tells the readers that the main character s son is seeing a grief counselor and participating in an Internet support group In 1986, that sort of thing would have been highly unlikely Further, in that same paragraph, he tells us the main character s deceased wife is buried in the same cemetary with Bruce and Brandon Lee and this is seven years before Brandon s death.I m not the kind of reader that gets easily annoyed by poor detail editing but I am annoyed when sloppy research or a failure to do any sort of research leads to misrepresentations of the setting I found this book to be very sloppy indeed.Edit posted April 21, 2013After years of getting comments and feedback on this review, I will take the time to edit it for two important details 1 Many of the errors that I found irritating were fixed in the paperback edition of the book I would argue that this means that others also found the errors irritating that they were, indeed, errors.2 Ford replies to the internet issue as one of his FAQ replies on his website He states I m afraid I have to reveal just how geeky I truly am I was on Compuserve in 1984, with an old coupler modem like you saw in the movie Wargames Back when you had to pay 100 to sign up and were charged by the hour Just because most people weren t online then, doesn t mean no one was Just the few, the proud, the computer geeks You can see the comment here. Set in Seattle during the Japanese internment during WW2 This book has a sweeping feel to it It starts out slow but not slow in the sense who feel like you are waiting for paint to dry but slow in the This is really going somewhere kind of way It does go somewhere by the way Once the ball gets rolling, this book sweeps you up into the lives of two friends who made a promise to see each other again.The book begins as Henry Lee stands in front of the Panama Hotel This hotel has been boarded up for years but a new owner has discovered something inside the belongings of Japanese families Their possessions that were left behind when they were rounded up and taken to internment camps As he stands watching, a simple act happensthe owner opens up a Japanese parasol This act takes him back We have all experienced this A scent, a food, a location, a sound can take us back to our youth, or to the home of a loved one For Henry Lee, the open parasol takes him back to the 1940s Henry is raised by a father who wants his Chinese son to be an American at all costs Henry through a Scholarship is sent to school where the American White kids ignore him But there is one person who does not ignore him and that it a young Japanese girl named Keiko They form a friendship A type of young love if you will Sweet and innocent But then Keiko and her family are rounded up and she is whisked away.Henry wonders Is this her Parasol Couldof her families belongings be inside Can he come to terms with what happened so long ago Can he rebuild her relationship with his son I thought this book was really good Such a great book club book So many discussions to be had There are elements of friendship, love, loss, betrayal, longing, guilt, loneliness, etc.Seeof my reviews at

Jamie Ford s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to win the 2010 Asian Pacific American Award for Literature Jamie s work has been published in 34 languages Also, because Jamie feels weird writing about himself in the 3rd person, he s going to say Hi, this is me Not a publicist Not some weird aggregated bit of

➤ [Epub] ➞ Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet By Jamie Ford ➮ –
  • Hardcover
  • 290 pages
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  • Jamie Ford
  • English
  • 03 April 2018
  • 9780345505330

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