Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet By Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet In Henry Lee joins a crowd outside the Panama Hotel once the gateway to Seattle s Japantown It has been boarded up for decades but now the new owner has discovered the belongings of Japanese f
  • Title: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  • Author: Jamie Ford
  • ISBN: 9780345505330
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet By Jamie Ford, In 1986, Henry Lee joins a crowd outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle s Japantown It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has discovered the belongings of Japanese families who were sent to internment camps during World War II As the owner displays and unfurls a Japanese parasol, Henry, a Chinese American, remembers a young Japanese AmeIn 1986, Henry Lee joins a crowd outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle s Japantown It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has discovered the belongings of Japanese families who were sent to internment camps during World War II As the owner displays and unfurls a Japanese parasol, Henry, a Chinese American, remembers a young Japanese American girl from his childhood in the 1940s Keiko Okabe, with whom he forged a bond of friendship and innocent love that transcended the prejudices of their Old World ancestors After Keiko and her family were evacuated to the internment camps, she and Henry could only hope that their promise to each other would be kept Now, forty years later, Henry explores the hotel s basement for the Okabe family s belongings and for a long lost object whose value he cannot even begin to measure His search will take him on a journey to revisit the sacrifices he has made for family, for love, for country.
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    1. Jamie Ford

      Jamie Ford s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to win the 2010 Asian Pacific American Award for Literature Jamie s work has been published in 34 languages Also, because Jamie feels weird writing about himself in the 3rd person, he s going to say Hi, this is me Not a publicist Not some weird aggregated bit of web content, just little ol me, the author, sitting here in my favorite Batman pajamas yes, I have several pairs writing this note in my cozy home office, dog at my feet His name is Dexter and he s twitching right now, obviously chasing rabbits in his dreams.While we re chatting, I should mention that my second novel, Songs of Willow Frost, came out in 2013 which I think is better than my first novel, but I m kind of biased.And now my third novel Love and Other Consolation Prizes, also historical fiction, also set in Seattle, will be published September 12, 2017 If you re looking for things that have spilled out of my brain, I have steampunk tales in The End is Nigh, The End is Now, and The End Has Come The Apocalypse Triptych Also a story in Last Night, A Superhero Saved My Life That particular piece is about Daredevil, Elektra, and how I lost my virginity TMI

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    1. Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is as saccharine and overly sentimental as the title suggests It is historical fiction for the Nicholas Sparks set an emotionally heavy handed novel that is well told, but not particularly well written There are some diamonds in the rough, though the historical aspects of the novel are very interesting the relationships depicted in the book, while not always believable, are complex and, the issues related to cultural identity and racial discrimination in t [...]


    2. Original review posted Mar 19, 09I have to admit that I did not like this book Mr Ford is a decent writer, and while he did research 1942 fairly extensively, he did a crappy job portraying 1986 I was alive in 86 I was ten, in fact While my memory of the time is going to be different than that of a 50 year old character, I wound up being very tired of the repeated anachronisms In one paragraph on page four of the book, I believe the narrator tells the readers that the main character s son is seei [...]


    3. I loved this book, but I had one minor annoyance with it The author had 4 anachronisms the book is set in part in 1986, and yet the son is in an on line grief support group, and used the internet to look up a lost friend, and there is talk twice about digital conversion of records to CDs.This book is told by a 50 year old second generation Chinese American It is told in two different time periods, and flows back and forth between the 1940 s to 1986 seemlessly It is the story of a young chinese b [...]


    4. For me Jamie Ford s heralded, multiple award winning Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was an entirely luke warm reading experience from start to finish The emotional heat that should have brewed within a story of this nature, considering the volatile subject matter, failed to materialize I never tasted the venom of injustice as I should have The details of Japanese internment in America during WWII was certainly interesting to read about, especially since I know so little about it Seeing [...]


    5. Onvan Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Nevisande Jamie Ford ISBN 345505336 ISBN13 9780345505330 Dar 290 Safhe Saal e Chap 2009


    6. Oy vey I really did want to like this book It sounded like the perfect book for my mood Not too highfalutin or literary, but a good story I which I can immerse myself and escape to a different time and place.As I went on a few days ago to add the book to my list of currently reading however, I came across a number of really bad reviews Disappointed, and somewhat deflated, I nevertheless read on trying to ignore the negativity, stay positive and try to like the story and get into the characters W [...]


    7. Switching between 1942 and 1986 this is an easy read on a complex subject A historical romance with a Romeo Juliet twist, this time the doomed love affair between Henry, a Chinese American and Keiko, a Japanese American its historical focus the internment of Japanese Americans during WW2 I loved the inclusion of Seattle s music scene, the symbolism of the lost jazz record interwoven throughout, the passages that escalated it above a pure romance novel view spoiler In one, after the Japanese had [...]


    8. Set in Seattle, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet tells of the forbidden friendship between a Chinese American boy named Henry Lee and a Japanese American girl named Keiko Okabe during the Second World War Henry and Keiko are both just twelve years old when they become friends in 1942 Life is difficult for both of them They face racism and prejudice on a daily basis and Henry s father does not approve of the friendship After the devastation of Pearl Harbour, the US government decides to se [...]


    9. I m always a little behind the curve when it comes to reading blockbuster NYT bestsellers I think a part of me resists because I love finding little books that deserve kudos and talking about them But I had heard so many good things about THE HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET that I bought it, though I sat on it a while before I cracked it open to read Once I did, I was hooked instantly by the wonderful character of Henry Lee, a 12 year old boy in Seattle s Chinatown during the early years [...]


    10. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, Release Date 1 27 2009, 24.00 I ve just finished reading Jamie Ford s forthcoming novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, and am still basking in the glow The characters are fully realized, the title is a real attention grabber, and the story fleshed out with plenty of local and period detail Ford provides an intimate look at life on the homefront during WWII from the uncommon perpective of an earnest Chinese American boy and his Jap [...]


    11. Dear friend,When I heard that my debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, was going to be published in Persian, my first thought was, Fantastic Perhaps I could attend the Tehran Book Festival You see I would love to visit your country.I ve had friends travel to Iran in the past and they ve told me wonderful things about the history, the culture, and especially the kind and generous people.Also, whenever the leaders of my country say there s someplace Americans shouldn t go, I want t [...]


    12. I am ChineseThis was a touching story of friendship, love and loss I enjoyed this very much Great characters, rich history and beautifully written My local library picked this as the second book in their book club I m looking forward to seeing what everyone thinks of it.


    13. Okay, I am not the target audience for this book One of my favorite teachers in high school was sent to one of the internment camps as a child I ve met Fred Korematsu, whose challenge to internship went all the way to the Supreme Court back in the day I ve read that opinion I know several members of the excellent legal team that got his conviction vacated I know the Justice Department lied to the Supreme Court about the known danger the Japanese Americans represented My grandmother bought a hous [...]


    14. A rich, tender, personal story so touching and full of history I should know, but didn t Pulled at my heartstrings and made me longingly linger over and over the last few chapters.Set durring the height of Nihonmachi district JapanTown area of Seattle, Washingtom You jump from 1986 to 1942 thoughout the story To tell the tale of Henery Lee an intelligent, brave, 12yr old Chinese American quickly growing into a man thru struggling WWII times He has a strained relationship with his father mirrorin [...]


    15. Wow, just wow This book was masterfully told and while it started slow, it built into a crescendo of feelings and emotions The character development was amazing, the storyline outstanding, and the writing masterful.Recommend this Pick it up, read it.


    16. I had heard lots about this book, but had not put it on my TBR list So when I saw the audio at the library, I figuredwhat the heck, may as well try it I might not have finished it if I had an alternative book in the car to read Sometimes the reader annoyed me when he said the main character s Henry s words with a Chinese accent inconsistently at that since Henry had been born in the US.I usually do not like when an author switches back and forth from one time period to another, but in this book [...]


    17. No Just, no.I had pretty much decided to abandon this book unfinished when I received notification that the audiobook I had requested from the library was now available for download Well, that clinched it And so, in the style of Goodnight Moon, I am bidding this book good bye Good bye book Good bye hopelessly twee title which should have been a clue Good bye awkward dialogue, and good bye emotional manipulation Good bye, poor cliched struggling immigrant adolescent Henry Good bye, clearly doomed [...]


    18. Great book I love novels based on historical fact I finished it in just a day and a half Hard to believe it is a first novel I am looking forward to from this author I looked up some of the people and places mentioned in the book, just to see if they were real and was pleased to find that they were Of course if I had read the acknolwedgements at the end of the book I would have known that already.


    19. Hotel made me cry, made me laugh and brought me joy It s a beautifully written and tender story about first love, the human experience surrounding racial divides, generational conflicts, and the internment of Japanese Americans You won t be disappointed with Hotel.


    20. After reading how many people absolutely adore this book, I almost feel a little guilty giving it a meh review But.a meh review it deserves, and that s what it shall get from me.First, the good My sense is that this story has raised awareness of the internment camps that many Japanese Americans were placed in during WWII As someone who believes that without knowledge of history we re doomed to repeat it, I think that s timely and important knowledge for people to have The story of Henry and Keik [...]


    21. Great title and a great book It took me a while because of changing residences, but that way I was able to stretch out the enjoyment factor The book not only brings to the forefront a dark time in US history, but the story is sweetened by the fully fleshed out characters and the swirl of events in which they find themselves These are characters you re not likely to forget Highly recommended.


    22. O Gosto Proibido do Gengibre um livro com uma hist ria muito bonita O autor, Jamie Ford, alterna dois momentos distintos da hist ria ao longo do livro o passado, aquando da Segunda Guerra Mundial, e o presente, relativo ao ano de 1986, sendo que esta altern ncia confere ritmo e aumenta, na minha perspectiva, o interesse na hist ria, que remonta a um per odo algo conturbado da hist ria mundial, da hist ria norte americana e da hist ria japonesa Um jovem americano de origem chinesa mas que o pai f [...]


    23. If this isn t an eye opening book, I don t know what is This is a story of a 1st generation Chinese American boy named Henry in 1942 Seattle During World War II his father wants to ensure no one confuses him for the ostracized Japanese and sends his son to an all white school with an I Am Chinese button on his clothing There he meets 2nd generation Japanese American girl named Keiko Though Henry s father has a passionate hatred for the Japanese, Henry develops a sweet, deep and secretive friends [...]


    24. 3 1 2 stars Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford follows the life of Henry Lee during 1942 and 1986 in Seattle, Washington Henry is a first generation Chinese American whose father s heart is still in China Henry is sent to an all white school on scholarship because his father wants Henry to be American While there, Henry befriends a Japanese girl named Keiko who is also accepted at the school on scholarship Henry knows his friendship with this young girl will upset his father, [...]


    25. Originally posted on The Book Musings I m a fan of historical fiction, especially if it s set during World War II, but romance novels are something I m not a fan of With Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford blends these two genres together and gives us a historical romance that I m delighted to say I enjoyed so much I lived in this novel and when there were days when I just couldn t find the time to read, I found myself thinking of Henry and Keiko It is 1942 Twelve year old Henry [...]


    26. My book club read this book and when I passed the cover in an airport I knew I just had to read it When my girlfriend found it on sale it put it on my list.Okay this is a do not pass up book, the reading is light goes quickly but the story is deep I can t help but think of my very first real crush I had in the seventh grade, it my first attempt at understanding the very adult feeling I was having towards Tony The funny thing is I can t tell you my husbands birthday but I can still remember the s [...]


    27. Jamie Ford s, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet lived up to my expectations This book has a title that begs you to pick it up It s about history and culture and music But, like most love stories that take place during war times there s sadness and heartbreak.


    28. I enjoyed Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet It is deceptively low key and emotionally even tempered, but it actually is about certain painful intersections of time, place and cultures, specifically 1942 and 1986, seen through the eyes of a 12 year old Chinese American boy at first, and then those of a 56 year old widower, both of whom are Henry Lee, born in and having lived his entire life in Seattle, Washington State, in America to immigrant Chinese parents He speaks English, but his pare [...]


    29. Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart This broke my heart Doesn t history teach us anything I guess not since we repeat every mistake we make Keiko is an American Japanese girl living in the US during Pearl Harbor, which makes [...]


    30. I went into this read blind I knew nothing about the book at all I had never even heard of it It is an easy read the left me feeling happy, sad, hopeful, scared and angry at different times I cannot recommend you read this book enough You can thank me later.


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