Title: So Far from the Bamboo Grove
Author: Yoko Kawashima Watkins
Reason for Banning: Violence, Sexually Explicit, Nudity
Hello, nobody in particular! I actually managed to get a review out in a reasonable amount of time! Yay! On an unrelated note, I want to ask something of the people reading this blog. I’ve noticed that in the time I’ve been doing this, I’ve never gotten a single comment on my blog. I know people are reading it, but I’m disappointed that nobody has commented. It’s a minor thing, but I do want to open up a discussion on these books. It’s a big part of why I’m doing this blog – to get people thinking and talking about books that a lot of people don’t get the opportunity to even read. So, if you’ve read any of the books I’m reviewing, or even if you haven’t, please post a comment, just so I know that you’re actually giving some thought to this. I’ve made it a bit easier to comment on my blog, so, once you’re done reading the review (and preferably the book), just say something in the comments.
Having said that, I should probably actually give you a review to comment on. The book is an autobiography of a Japanese girl having to escape Japan controlled Korea in the aftermath of WWII. It shows her escaping Korea and evading Korean soldiers, only to find a life of poverty in Japan. And yeah, that’s the synopsis.
What do I think of it? Well, it’s a good read. It’s exiting, it draws you into the story, and it is rather, well, dark, for lack of a better word. It shows a lot of really horrible shit going on, which is probably why it’s on the list. It’s the end of a war being told from the perspective of an innocent on the losing side, which means that there’s going to be a lot of hardship. It’s something of an enlightening story. Having said that, it does have it’s problems. My biggest problem is that the kid in this is really whiny. I know this is an autobiography, and I mean no disrespect to the person, but it really does take you out of it when the person that the book is following is constantly whining, both in dialogue and narration. Well, I guess there’s not much I can do about it.
Overall, I do recommend it, but it’s not one of my favorites. I give it four stars and three hearts. The next review will be #81 on the list, Black Boy, by Richard Wright. (Wee, another autobiography. I don’t like reviewing autobiographies. It’s harder to give opinions about something that you know actually happened.) Until then, read more books!