One Hundred Million Hearts

One Hundred Million Hearts 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 M

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  • Title: One Hundred Million Hearts
  • Author: Kerri Sakamoto
  • ISBN: 9780156030045
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 fatFrom 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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    1. This book starts out well. A Japanese father is obsessive about looking after his disabled daughter, Miyo. She grows up and eventually meets a young man and moves out of her father's house. After her father's death, Miyo begins to learn a little about him - he seems he was married but not living with his wife, her step-mother. He has a daughter - she has a sister - in Japan. Miyo travels to Japan with her step-mother and meets Hana, her half sister. The book now falls totally apart. The characte [...]

    2. This is a fiction book. The more you know about Japanese history dealing with the reasons for World War II and the thinking behind the fighting, the more you will appreciate this novel.The book is about Miyo, who is 32 and physically disabled. She is a Japanese Canadian. Her father was a soldier in Manchuko, which where the Japanese set up their own puppet-state in China prior to World War II.Other major characters include Miyo's father, Setsuko, and Hana.We find out that Miyo's mother died duri [...]

    3. Miyo is a young Japanese Canadian who has been cared for by her distant but devoted father. She was born to a Hiroshima survivor who dies prematurely. Miyo has a disfigurement and relies on her father even for rides to work. One day when he is unable to give her a ride she travels by subway, only to be caught in the closing doors. A man rescues her and they fall in love and eventually move in together.Miyo grows increasingly distant from her father and he fades until she receives the sad news of [...]

    4. I've been meaning to read this one for a while and finally got around to it. This story is told from the point of view of Miyo Mori a Japanese Canadian, living in Toronto. Miyo was born with physical disabilities that include a weak leg and chest. Her mother died when she was just a child and her father looked after her, even driving her to and from her work. She lived a very insular life until she encounters a man who assists her on the subway one day when her father wasn't able to drive her. A [...]

    5. If the speed with which I read this is any indication, it is an emotionally and culturally intriguing read. Those with a light interest in Japanese or World War II history may find it especially enjoyable, but ultimately this is a simple story about complex, international, inter-cultural- inter-generational relationships - and sisterhood.

    6. The book is well written. I often found myself not caring what happened to the characters. I kept reading to see if there was a family secret that justified the story. I didn't think the conclusion was strong enough. However, I'm giving it 3 stars for the writing. I probably could easily give it 2.

    7. This book started out quite strong. The characters were engaging, and the storyline was promising. Well before midway, however, it all started to fall apart. I would highly recommend reading, instead, The Electrical Field by the same author.

    8. Story of Japanese half sisters who discover each other after the death of their father. One, a victim of birth to "Hiroshima" mothr. The second raised in Japan. Characters not very sympathetic. Information of Japanese wartime behavior and kamikaze responses was interesting.

    9. I didn't really like it but I made it about 3/4 the way through before giving up and skipping to the end to see if she went back to America and stayed with what's his name.

    10. Wanted to love it - plot had great promise, story took me back to Japan. But the writing style and character/story development ultimately had me counting the pages until it was done.

    11. I think that this book had a great deal of promise. But it was just soooooooooooooooooo long. It was next to impossible to like any of the characters. Unfortunate.

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