3 days ago
Monday, June 8, 2009
Hotel on The Corner of Bitter and Sweet
RATING: 5 out of 5
This is one of those books that might not come along very often but when it does no one should miss the opportunity to savor it.
Many of us tend to lump history into that category of “we should know it but it is kind of boring.” Don’t make that mistake with this book.
The story of Henry and Keiko is a beautiful blend of the best kind of friendship, young love, and loyalty all rolled into one. The entire backdrop is the history of Seattle, its diverse communities, and World War II. Jamie Ford’s ability to draw you in even if you knew nothing about any of this history before is amazing. Soon you are familiar with the streets and neighborhoods of Seattle, and the characters are people you want to get to know even better. I would give anything to have had a best friend, kind of mentor, like Sheldon. My one hope is that this book, being released now in this time of great hope for change and tolerance, will help many see that there is very little difference in the dreams, aspirations, and feelings of all of us regardless of ethnic differences. It is something we need to be reminded of more than ever and Jamie Ford does with such love and compassion.
This is one of the most endearing books that I have read in long time and I will recommend it to many of my fellow readers.