Behold the Many: One Novel (nah, what else?)

by Lois-Ann Yamanaka | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0374110158 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingghirwing of Honolulu, Hawaii USA on 5/30/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by wingghirwing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Anah and her two younger sisters are sent to live with the nuns when they contract TB leaving her Japanese mother at the mercy of her abusive father and his overbearing Portuguese family. Of the three sisters, only Anah survives, and is haunted by the ghosts of the dead children from the St. Joseph mission.

Taking to TOC lunch, 6/17/06,

Journal Entry 2 by skeeterbess from Waianae, Hawaii USA on Saturday, June 17, 2006
Acquired at TOC. Mahalo, Ma,am! Plop! Adding to the teetering Mount TBR!

Journal Entry 3 by skeeterbess from Waianae, Hawaii USA on Saturday, May 03, 2008
Another darkly disturbing Yamnaka that is not to be missed. You can always count on abuse of children as a theme in Yamanakas stories. This one is my new favorite among her many great books. The recurring ghost encounters become a little buredensome to the sotry, but I still loved it and highly recommend it. I'll be returning it to the gals of TOC for its next fan.

Journal Entry 4 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Sunday, May 04, 2008
Picked up at the TOC meetup today. Great to meet you all!

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Journal Entry 5 by futurecat at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I found this book hard work (it probably didn't help that I started reading it while suffering from a horrendous cold that seemed to have knocked out half my brain functioning), but it was worth persevering with. The mixture of English, Japanese, Portuguese, and Hawaiian (plus some sort of pidgin or creole?) dialogue was a bit tricky to decipher, but luckily Hawaiian is not too distant a cousin of Maori, and I know enough Spanish to be able to make sense of the Portuguese, so I managed to work out most of what was going on.

Like the other book of Yamanaka's I picked up in Hawai'i (Blu's Hanging), it was pretty depressing at times, but there was also an undercurrent of deep down strength in the face of horrendous odds. Even when Anah's strength failed her at times, and she succumbed to the depths of depression, something in her kept just enough of her going. And that was enough to keep a glimmer of hope going in the story, to make you want to urge her on.

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Journal Entry 6 by KingHenryVII at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I picked this up at a bookcrossing meet at the Dux de Lux. Met some fantastic bookcrossers there. I have to admit I completely fell for the gorgeous cover with this one. I look forward to reading it.

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