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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: The international bestseller and word-of-mouth sensation

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And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept. The Japanese are relocated inland and he loses all contact, although he never forgets and never stops wondering what may have been. The treatment of the Japanese people, the internment camps and the subsequent loss of identity is a terrible thing, yet the stoicism and acceptance of the people shines through in this story – the whole book captures the resilience of humans. Ford expanded his original short story until it became his debut novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

Henry attended a local White-race elementary school, which was engineered by his socially important father.I really feel the author had the outline of a great plot but was unable to fill out this story as it lacked so much, it needed more emotion, and a lot more punch. The universal themes in Ford’s novel, told in a fresh way and set during a reprehensible episode in American history, are as relevant today as they were in 1942. Going off-topic, why do so many adult children and their parents deny themselves revealing conversations with each other when appropriate? And sometimes hope s enough to get you through anything’ is very apt and appropriate for the main theme of the book is about love and how it can transcend over a number of years, no matter what is happening in the people’s lives.

In 1986 the Panama Hotel is the centre of refurbishment as it has lain abandoned since it was boarded up during the war. I think Henry and Keiko are two of the most engaging characters I've come across in a long while and I will not soon forget them, nor Sheldon, the saxophone player who befreinds them. Those years are seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old Chinese-American boy at first, and then of a 56-year-old widower, both of whom are Henry Lee. After the devastation of Pearl Harbour, the US government decides to send all the people of Japanese decent to live in internment camps until the war is over.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. Non-combatant German-American and Italian-American citizens were not placed into American concentration camps. This is a moving, heart-rending story; to steal from the book's title, bittersweet really does describe this tale. Library Journal 'Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet surprised me - rich in dialogue, peopled with great characters and rooted firmly in the best of American traditions, family, honesty and friendship - the book is a feast. While it was true that there was a fear of Japanese on the west coast, the same applied to others of Axis descent.

I thought Henry was far too sophisticated in his thinking for a 12 year old boy but this was the only quibble I had with the whole book. A tender and satisfying novel set in a time and a place lost forever,Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet gives us a glimpse of the damage that is caused by war--not the sweeping damage of the battlefield, but the cold, cruel damage to the hearts and humanity of individual people.But the parents and their children often clash as the older generation clings to the ways of the old country and their children adapt to the ways of the new country. This hotel has been boarded up for years but a new owner has discovered something inside - the belongings of Japanese families. He then travels with the lunch lady to serve meals at Camp Harmony, a temporary internment facility on the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington, where he sees her. Out walking one day he sees a familiar landmark of his childhood, The Panama Hotel being brought back to life, and from the basement come a number of items from years previous.

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