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My Brother, My Sister and I

Watkins, Yoko Kawashima

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ISBN 10: 0027925269 / ISBN 13: 9780027925265
Editorial: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1994
Usado Condición: Very Good Encuadernación de tapa dura
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275 pgs. Author inscription on inside FEP with Signature. Nice clean Hardcover with Dustjacket. Red spine with blue and yellow print, some very mild shelfwear. N° de ref. de la librería T08752CH

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Título: My Brother, My Sister and I

Editorial: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Año de publicación: 1994

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Ejemplar firmado: Autographed By Author

Edición: 1st

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The author of the critically acclaimed So Far from the Bamboo Grove continues her autobiography, describing the hardships, poverty, tragedies, and struggles of life for her and her two older siblings, living as refugees in post-World War II Japan.

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Gr. 6-10. In the fictionalized autobiography So Far from the Bamboo Grove (1986), Yoko and her Japanese family escape from the Communist takeover in North Korea at the end of World War II and finally reach Kyoto, Japan, only to find themselves unwelcome there. This sequel has the same quiet honesty about ordinary people caught up in terrible times. Yoko's first-person narrative tells of a once secure middle-class child now homeless, hungry, and in danger. Mother is dead; 13-year-old Yoko and her older brother and sister struggle together to survive in Kyoto, scavenging for scraps, working at anything they can find, even cleaning toilets. Father is a prisoner somewhere; the hope of his return is like a heartbeat in everything they do. Driven from their warehouse home by fire, they find themselves accused of arson and murder, and they help the police solve the murder mystery. However, the core of the story is not the big events, but the family drama and the home the young people make together, whether in a shack or a hospital room. Their loving bonds are strong, but they're also irritable and nervy. Yoko hates her sister's bossiness, especially the insistence that Yoko go to school. The school scenes are brutal: the rich students torment Yoko as an outsider; even when she graduates with top honors, they don't want her in the class photo. Yet Watkins doesn't indulge in self-pity. Except for some occasional overwriting ("I sighed sadly"), the violent suffering is treated with restraint, as in the unforgettable vignette of a scarred atom-bomb survivor who dies an outcast. The climax builds to Father's return, and his homecoming is described with the intense understatement that characterizes the best parts of this compelling story. Hazel Rochman

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