Sunday, January 26, 2014
Review: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
By Jamie Ford
Genre Adult contemporary
Recommended by Book club
First sentence Old Henry Lee stood transfixed by all the commotion at the Panama Hotel.
Jumping from Henry's present and past comes the story of a Chinese boy in America during the Japanese American interment. Henry's relationship with a Japanese girl is threatened when she and her family are taken away during the interment.
What is has going for it
Well, this one was an easy read. I was neither dying to pick it up nor dying to put it down. I guess what I mean was the story was interesting and engaging. I liked the romance aspect. I loved seeing the history unfold in such a bright, vibrant way and I liked Henry...to a point and it is, after all, important to like the main character, wouldn't you say?
Honestly this one just felt slightly off. Slightly fake. Too convenient. I despised the fact the poor Ethel was settled for. This above everything else infuriated me. I also thought the whole internment thing was...I don't know, lacking in passion and sadness.
When Keiko and Henry go to the jazz club.
Yea or Nay?
Personally I preferred the book Snow Falling On Ceders...if you want a book about the Japanese American Internment.