One Hundred Million Hearts

One Hundred Million Hearts

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From the award-winning author of The Electrical Field comes this riveting story of love, guilt, and complicity in the context of war. Miyo and her father, Masao, live a reclusive life in Toronto. When Masao dies, Miyo discovers he harbored a secret life, including a previous wife and child. Miyo travels to Tokyo to meet Hana, her half-sister (who is obsessed with their father's war history) and is shocked to learn he was a member of the Special Attack Forces-a kamikaze. But if these pilots' code of honor required death, how did their father survive? Miyo learns the meaning of the Japanese wartime propaganda phrase "one hundred million hearts beating as one" as she travels through her father's past and his native land's present, witnessing the complex and lingering consequences of war.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 279 pages
  • 134.6 x 200.7 x 22.9mm | 204.12g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0156030047
  • 9780156030045

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"This is a strong, rich, and often complicated tale. It''s worth the read." "Painstakingly precise.... Sakamoto is masterful in showing us the world through her [heroine''s] eyes." .,." deft evocation of Japanese culture and... grave examination of a tragic episode in Japanese history."- "Sakamoto is a gentle storyteller. She gracefully, but skillfully, paints the story with words as deftly as a Japanese artist." "An elegant and thoughtful medititation on history, family, and personality, nicely packed into a tautly mysterious domestic drama." "Painstakingly precise.. Sakamoto is masterful in showing us the world through her [heroine''s] eyes." .,." deft evocation of Japanese culture and. grave examination of a tragic episode in Japanese history."- PRAISE FOR ONE HUNDRED MILLION HEARTS
"One Hundred Million Hearts paints a portrait of Japanese life-its ancient ways, its minutely observant citizens-that is similar to those in David Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars and Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha."-The Vancouver Sun "An elegant and thoughtful meditation on history, family, and personality, nicely packed into a tautly mysterious domestic drama."
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102 ratings
2.97 out of 5 stars
5 10% (10)
4 17% (17)
3 40% (41)
2 27% (28)
1 6% (6)
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