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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jamie Ford
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'Ford deftly pulls off a Hollywood-worthy romance, one anchored to a true event. An entertaining and often illuminating tale' THE SPECATOR. 'Mesmerizing and evocative...a tale of conflicted loyalties and devotion' Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS. 'An impressive, bitter, and sweet debut' Lisa See, bestselling author of SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN. 'Engrossing...A really good, genuinely heartfelt novel... I think I have fallen a little in love with it' Dovegreyreader. 'Four stars - recommended' Psychologies magazine. 'I can see readily why people are raving about this book...The characterisation is second-to-none, the story is intriguing... A well-told story that it sets itself apart. It's AWESOMELY GOOD!'


'Ford deftly pulls off a Hollywood-worthy romance from the files, one anchored to a true event. An entertaining and often illuminating tale' THE SPECATOR


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1625 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 322 Seiten
  • Verlag: Ballantine Books (27. Januar 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B001NLL5AO
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good idea, not fully realized 12. September 2011
Von KrankyKat
The idea for the setting and construction of this novel is good: We hear the story of the Japanese internment camps during WWII, told from the perspective of Henry. He is a teenage boy in one of the narrative strands, and a 56 year old widower in the other, set in 1986. Interestingly, he is of Chinese American origin and this makes his relationship to his Japanese American friend, little Keiko, more conflicted, as his father hates Japan for its invasion of China.

There are some beautiful ideas: the suitcases left behind by those who had to go to the camp, their discovery some 40 years later, and sometimes the relationship between Henry and Keiko can be very endearing.

Yet there are also many flaws to this novel. First of all, there are some historical imprecisions. Henry's son is a member of an online support group in 1986? Of course, the internet existed back then, but if people used it this was something special that would have been explained at the time and the author should have done so to make the narrative feel more real. And why is a 56-year-old an "old man" in this novel?

While these mistakes should have been edited out, they are basically minor. What I find more bothering is that there is no real difference between Henry as a boy and Henry as a grown up: He speaks with the same voice. Unfortunately, he is pretty humorless in both periods of his life. While this maybe slightly more credible for him as a 56 year old, he just does not feel like a 13 year old boy. This is one instance of the sterility I detect in this novel which does not really allow me to identify with the story.

So in the end, the novel just did not do much for me. I was trying to read on but only made it to half of it - so I may be doing it injustice.
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Von Daniela
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This is the story of a Chinese-American boy and a Japanese-American girl during World War II, at a time when Japanese immigrants were considered the enemy in America and people of Japanese origin were being interned in 'war relocation camps'. The plot is a little predictable (boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy searches for girl...), but the book is beautifully written and the historical perspective is very interesting. Well worth reading!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Building bridges between people 1. August 2011
Von Susi T.
This book gave me a closer look to American history, to Chinese culture and manifold questions of multi cultural life. I loved it because I began to see the world through that Chinese boy's eyes who shows that once established cultural habitude is undergoing changes day after day, thanks to the young generation who will be able to build bridges between people, between generations and between cultures and to bring life forward to tolerance and peace.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thanks! 30. Oktober 2011
Just perfect! The book was on time, new and besides that, a lovely read! What else can I say? Thank you very much.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of my favorite books ever 3. Januar 2009
Von L. K. Messner - Veröffentlicht auf
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I was excited to read this book because I knew it was set in Seattle during the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and that's a time period that has always interested me. I expected an interesting trip through history, but what I got was so, so much more than that.

Henry Lee is still mourning the death of his wife when he learns that the belongings of Japanese Americans hidden in the basement of Seattle's Panama Hotel for decades have been discovered. Henry is drawn to the basement, and what he's searching for there opens a door he thought he had closed forever. The story switches back and forth between 1986 and the 1940s, when a 12-year-old Henry attending an American school (he's "scholarshipping" as his father likes to say) meets another international student working in the school kitchen. Keiko is Japanese American, the enemy according to Henry's father, but the two become best friends before her family is imprisoned in one of the relocation camps.

This book does a phenomenal job exploring the history and attitudes of this time period, and Ford's portrayal of Seattle's ethnic neighborhoods is amazing. But really, the thing that pulled me into this novel the most was the richness of the relationships -- Henry and Keiko, Henry and his father, Henry's mother and his father, and Henry and his own son. HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET looks at the best and worst of human relationships, the way we regard others, the way we find ourselves reenacting our relationships with our parents with our own children, the choices we make along the way. Mostly, though, this book reminds us that there is always room -- and time -- for forgiveness and redemption.

I finished this book in tears, moved by the people who came to life so vividly in this story and sad that it had to end at all. HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET is a perfect, perfect choice for book clubs or for anyone craving a compelling story about human nature at its worst and at its best. An amazing, amazing book. It will be one of your favorites, I can almost promise.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A story of hope 11. Januar 2009
Von Pippa Lee - Veröffentlicht auf
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As I wipe my teary eyes, I am amazed at the extraordinary journey I have just experienced reading Jamie Ford's "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet."

The hotel is the Panama Hotel, an old dilapidated landmark in Seattle. It's 1986 and 56-year-old Henry Lee is among the onlookers who witness the unveiling of recently discovered belongings left in the basement of the hotel by Japanese families in the 1940s. To Henry, however, the trunks, suitcases and crates and their contents are not just mere curiosities or historical artifacts. For him, they bring remembrances of the World War II years, of being twelve years old and trying to fit in an all-white school while following Chinese cultural traditions at home; of being Asian and his father's dread that he would be confused with the enemy, the Japanese. Most importantly, they bring back memories of a special friendship with Keiko, the only other kid of Asian ethnicity in school.

As Ford deftly switches the narrative from 1986 to the 1940s and vice versa, the readers are taken through a remarkable story that is both sweet and poignant. For me, it brought history to life. All too often we forget that behind the numbers, there were individuals and lives that were deeply affected by the fear, the uncertainty and the hatred. I confess that there were many moments that I was on the verge of tears, such as when young Henry looks on Japanese American families burning their personal belongings for fear that they would be accused of cooperating with Japan or when Keiko and Henry witness the "evacuation" of Bainbridge Island. I also felt moved by Henry, the adult, who is still reeling from the death of his wife. His inability to emotionally connect with his own son, and his struggle to find his own identity as both American and Chinese are familiar to me as I'm too the daughter of Chinese immigrants.

Ford's novel is a story with many layers. But I was most impressed and touched by the author's honest and unflinching portrayal of the sentiments that pervaded the years after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Sentiments that led to acts and events that we would rather trivialized or forget today. The fact that they were acted out not only by adults but also by children made them more painful to read about.

I highly recommend this novel to those who remember their first love, have heard about the Japanese American internment camps, or strive to bridge two cultural worlds and to those who just love a good story. To all of you, there is a room waiting at the "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet."
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3.0 von 5 Sternen needs work 5. Januar 2009
Von Mara Zonderman - Veröffentlicht auf
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I love a story told from a surprising point of view. This one deals with Japanese families who were "evacuated" after in 1942 from the West Coast. Except the story is told by 12-year-old Henry, the son of Chinese immigrants. An American himself, Henry's father is an ardent Chinese nationalist who hates the Japanese not for the bombing of Pearl Harbor, but for their invasion of mainland China. Even a whiff of anything Japanese is forbidden in the house, so Henry has more than one big problem when he befriends and eventually falls in love with Keiko, whose family is inevitably evacuated to a camp in Idaho.

Unfortunately, this story needed a more polished teller. Ford flips his story back and forth from 1942, when Henry is 12, to 1986, when Henry is 56. Ordinarily, this is a great way to tell a story about what happened "back then" and how it has effected the present. But Henry's voice is just the same from the time he's 12 to the time he's 56, making his thoughts and feelings as a child more than a little unbelievable. Keiko also seems to have far too much perspective on what's happening to her family and in the world.

Added to that are the incredible anachronisms scattered throughout the book. Henry's son belongs to an online support group in 1986? The nursing home has a rear-projection TV? An editor should have picked up on these things. Admittedly, I got the book as an advance copy, so perhaps by the time the book is actually published some of these mistakes will have been fixed. At least I hope so, because they are so jarring as to make it difficult to get any actual enjoyment from this book.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Painfully slow and repetitive 27. Juni 2011
Von T. Foster - Veröffentlicht auf
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I get annoyed when a poorly-written book like this becomes so well known and successful. The premise is intriguing and I expected to like it, but the writing is painfully slow and repetitive. Most of the story repeats the same actions, thoughts, and emotions over and over again. He walks to school, serves lunch, talks to Sheldon, gets chased by bullies, can't communicate with his father. Again and again and again. And the modern side of the story is just as repetitive -- the same emotions, the same facts, the same scenes repeated again and again. I thought I'd scream if I had to hear about Ethel's lingering illness one more time. Also very predictable. You know exactly where the story is going long before it gets there. And the dialogue is extremely wooden. There are no interesting conversationalists in this book. They make short, simple statements that reveal nothing. I didn't even learn anything new about the Japanese internment. The book has a great cover and idea, but amateurishly written.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Needs Much Editing for Background Details 28. August 2010
Von BarbaraW - Veröffentlicht auf
I enjoyed The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet because it had a good historic perspective of both the Seattle International District and the internment of the Japanese Americans in WWII. But there were many flaws in the details of the book:
- I'm not sure how 12 year olds at that time could have been so undertanding of their relationship. I was born in 1942 and 12 years later (at the age of 12)and in Washington State, my schoolmates and friends didn't have that kind of understanding.
- There seems to be some research by Jamie Ford to understand the early 40's. But, much background on 1986 is fully later than that time framework. Such as looking up Kieko online; CD's; using laser to copy records to digital. That's a sign of a lazy writer.
- Finally, the blatant geographical errors. Jamie says he spent time at the Panama Hotel to get background. But, he certainly didn't explore the International District or the area around it. Even in 1942, to look toward the waterfront from the International District, one looked West, not North; if Rhodes Dept Store existed on 2nd Ave, one would not walk home from there via the Ferry dock on the waterfront (since 2nd Ave was between the International District and the waterfront); there would be no skybridge from Union station to the Ferry dock (a matter of many blocks); Puyallup was then, as now, northeast of Tacoma, not south; Walla Walla was a small farming community, but the apple farming community Henry would have gone through on the way to Minidoka was Yakima, not Walla Walla; and, finally, flying from Seattle to NYC, even in 1986, was best done on non-stop flights from Seattle to Kennedy.
As a reader who is always intrigued with the locales and history of the books I read, finding all the above errors were quite distracting. Even more so as a native of Washington state and long-time resident (and active tourist) of the Seattle area.

Given the above comments I don't think I'll be ready any future books by Jamie Ford -- and I'm sorry because he definitely had a good story and some good historical atmosphere.
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