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Obasan

narrator Joy Kogawa

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4 of 5
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list price: $24.95
category: Fiction
published: May 2000
ISBN:9780864923042
imprint: BTC Audiobooks
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This powerful, passionate, and highly acclaimed novel tells, through the eyes of a child, the moving story of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. Naomi is a sheltered and beloved 5-year-old when Pearl Harbor changes her life.

Separated from her mother, she watches as she and her family become enemy aliens, persecuted and despised in their own land. Surrounded by hardship and pain, Naomi is protected by the resolute endurance of her aunt, Obasan, and the silence of those around her. Only after Naomi grow up does he return to question that haunting silence.

Editorial Reviews

"Obasan's power comes from the beauty of the writing, the stark imagery and vivid symbolism, and from the calm recitation of events that destroyed families, a culture and a way of life."

— <i>Globe and Mail</i>

"Read by its author, Joy Kogawa, who is easily as gifted a narrator as she is a writer, Obasan is more than kind to the ear. It is ambrosia served in softly muted tones, to be deeply savoured from beginning to end . . . flawless."

— <i>Independently Reviewed</i>

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