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A Gesture Life


The tragic tension between Franklin's need to communicate the horror which has shaped his life, and the guilt which has kept him silent are at the ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000

Beautifully Written

by skyprincess on Dec 8, 2008

This book was one I selected for my book club because it is beautifully, exquisitely written. In the story, Franklin, an older Japanese American, lives alone and tries to connect with others--mostly unsucessfully. His past is haunted by his role in the Japanese military during World War II. He was responsible for the safe keeping of the 'Comfort Women' or women who were brought to the military camps to have sexual relationships with hundreds of soldiers. Franklin had his own, unrequited love with one of the women and her fate is his deepest regret. Throughout the story are flash-backs to the war, along with daily events in Franklin's life. Haunting and beautiful, this book is highly recommended.

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