Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto

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Read Forgiveness Online Free - The heart-rending true story of two families on either side of the Second World War-and a moving tribute to the nature of forgiveness

When the Second World War broke out, Ralph MacLean traded his quiet yet troubled life on the Magdalene Islands in eastern Canada for the ravages of war overseas. On the other side of the country, Mitsue Sakamoto and her family felt their pleasant life in Vancouver starting to fade away after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Ralph found himself one of the many Canadians captured by the Japanese in December 1941. He would live out his war in a prison camp, enduring beatings, starvation, electric feet and a journey on a hell ship to Japan, watching his friends and countrymen die all around him. Mitsue and her family were ordered out of their home and were packed off to a work farm in rural Alberta, leaving many of their possessions behind. By the end of the war, Ralph was broken but had survived. The Sakamotos lost everything when the community centre housing their possessions was burned to the ground, and the $25 compensation from the government meant they had no choice but to start again.

Forgiveness intertwines the compelling stories of Ralph MacLean and the Sakamotos as the war rips their lives and their humanity out of their grasp. But somehow, despite facing such enormous transgressions against them, the two families learned to forgive. Without the depth of their forgiveness, this book's author, Mark Sakamoto, would never have existed.

Title : Forgiveness
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ISBN : 1443417971
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 pages


Brandon rated it ★★★★☆

February 23, 2018

In Forgiveness, Mark Sakamoto tells the story of his maternal grandfather, Ralph MacLean, who had spent a number of years clinging to life as a POW in a Japanese prison camp during the second World War and his paternal grandmother, Mitsu Sakamoto, who had been forced from her home and province fo...

❀ Susan rated it ★★★★★

January 14, 2018 One of the many wonderful things about Canada Reads is that it encourages Canadian’s to read books… books that you might not normally come across, books that make us think, books that we can debate and books that change us! As my followers know, I love Cana...

Magdelanye rated it ★★★☆☆

February 08, 2018

Forgiveness is not a transaction. It is not an exchange. Forgiveness has nothing to do with the past. p237 This book is part investigative journalism but also an act of devotion to the authors family. Ralph McLean, a Canadian, and Mitsue Sakamoto, also Canadian, both endured world war II as prison...

Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ rated it ★★★☆☆

March 22, 2018

I found this book a slow read until the last few chapters when the story moves into the author’s own life instead of his grandparents’ stories. Although his grandparents endured incredible hardships, the writing fell flat. It wasn’t until Sakamoto started talking about himself that I felt emotion...

Edward rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 28, 2018

Whoever edited this book deserves a demotion or a dismissal. The prose style is mostly fine and often quite wonderful but it is also quite inconsistent with some very abrupt and oddly-placed sentences. And it reads a bit rough in places. I did enjoy Sakamoto's attention to detail in the WWII-era...

Barth rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 25, 2018

Michael Ignatieff called this book "part memoir, part saga." While the first part of the book taught me a little more about Japanese-Canadian family life in the mid-20th centure, I look for more story in my saga. I instead it comprised a decently written biography. I didn't perceive that the latte...

Brian rated it ★★★☆☆

December 13, 2016

(3.5) Quite a book-worthy family tree! I enjoyed reading Mark's narratives of his grandparents and parents. I learned a lot about how Japanese were treated in Canada during World War II (particularly in British Columbia). How awful this was, but how it was crucial to Mark ever coming into existenc...

Sandra rated it ★★★☆☆

July 17, 2014

All in all a good book, especially for a debut novel. My rating of a three stems from my desire for the book to have delved farther into the process of forgiveness between the author's maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother. Sakamoto does a great job in the first 3/4 of the book describing...

Nadine rated it ★★★☆☆

March 17, 2018

Really interesting way to hear from two different sides of the war. I really appreciated the opportunity to learn and hear the stories of people whose experiences could have easily been lost to time. The writing wasn’t as engaging as I would have liked, but I thought it was a decent overview of a...

Elyse rated it ★★★★☆

February 18, 2018

This is the kind of book that makes me stay up too late. It was emotional... and such an important read... for obvious reasons given xenophobia and the necessity of learning lessons... but also for personal reasons. First of all, I have never read an in-depth recollection of the Japanese internme...

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