This insomniac's opinion:
Oh, what a lovely novel! It is written in the most eloquent and moving way. From the very beginning of the book you find yourself swept up into Henry's world and desperately hoping that he finds what he is looking for. For the truth is, Henry is not only looking for a beloved object, he is searching for truth and love.
This book takes place in(if you have read this blog you can probably guess what is coming!) the World War II era, with particular emphasis on the treatment of Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor. I have long felt that the placement of Japanese Americans in internment camps during the war is a subject that we as Americans do not face enough. It is deplorable that we shamed the Nazis for the placement of Jews in concentration camps while doing the same egregious deeds here on American soil. I thought this novel dealt with this perfectly. We can not learn from our mistakes until we first face them.
Worth staying up all night to read?
Absolutely! The love story of Henry and Keiko is one of my absolute favorite love stories. Their love is based not on appearance or societal acceptance, but on the true connection of two souls. The last scene of this novel will make your heart swoon!
Rating: 5 stars