Thursday, 16 April 2015

Book Review | Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

My mum runs a monthly book club, so when I was home in Easter I thought I would join, and I ended up agreeing to read the next book even though I'm unlikely to be home for it. This chosen book was called "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford. I have to admit, although the blurb sounded good, it was definitely not one I'd have chosen personally, but I'm so glad I read it. Once I'd started, I had finished it in three days, SUCH a page turner.

"1986, The Panama Hotel, 
The old Seattle landmark has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made a startling discovery in the basement: personal belongings stored away by Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War 2.
Among the fascinated crowd gathering outside the hotel stands Henry Lee who, as the owner unfurls a distinctive parasol, is flooded by memories of his childhood.
He wonders if by some miracle, in amongst the boxes of dusty treasures, lies a link to the Okabe family, and the girl he lost his heart to so many years ago."

This book, despite being sad in some places, is such an interesting read. I found myself experiencing a real mixture of emotions! I liked the characters Ford has created, and I was willing for things to happen to them. I might sound a bit naive here, embarrassingly, but I just didn't realise how badly the Japanese were treated in America, and it made me so mad. I learnt a lot from this book, and I really enjoyed it. 

I don't want to give too much away, because the book really took a path I wasn't expecting from the beginning. My only slight disappointment for me was I would have liked a bit more of a descriptive ending but I don't want to spoil anything incase. Overall though, I think this was a fantastic book, and I enjoyed reading something a little different to what I would usually read.

Have you ever heard of this book? Would you be interested in reading it?



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